Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A vision in lace.

I'm going to miss Kirsty.

I remember our first meeting when she told me what she wanted for her wedding gown and where she was going to be married. "In a field," she said.

The uniqueness in her dress gave me such inspiration and when she told me Emma Case was her chosen photographer, my bum was making buttons on my seat. It really was the most perfect choice.

I showed Kirsty some lace samples and we both agreed on a beautiful corded lace with more of a wide net texture than that of tulle.

A 100% silk slipper satin cut on the bias would be the full length chemise beneath.

The back was almost smock-like with a covered button detail. The length falling into a very small puddle train.

I think you'll agree, the bride along with the images Emma has given me showcase our work perfectly.

Emma Case
and Emma's blog of Kirsty and her husband Rob's wedding

All images Emma case photography.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A very High Society frock.

I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such lovely people at the moment and one of those lovely people is the gorgeous Cat Hepple.

Cat is an amazing photographer and when she asked if I would make her a special gown for a very special social event, I jumped at the chance.

Cat loved the dress Grace Kelly wore when dancing with Frank Sinatra in High Society. The floaty chiffon would suit her to a T.


We chose a old gold satin for the base and a soft pale gold for the chiffon overlay. The bronze and gold embroidered motifs running from the top of the shoulder to the hip were a perfect match and complimented the gown as if they were made for it.

Cat, just before leaving for the Love My Dress event.

The gown was the talk of the evening which makes me very proud.

I must say however, without this demure and elegant lady wearing it, it would have simply been a very pretty frock.

Thank you Cat.

last 3 images courtesy of the LMD soiree photographers Katy Lunsford and Helen Russell.

Gorgeous Wedding Gown and Not a Hint of Vintage in sight!

It has become a very common thing to open my e mail and find images and requests from brides-to-be, "Can you copy this?"

My answer is always the same. No, I don't copy, so when Sarah and I met last year and set up a consultation, she also came armed with images of gowns she'd tried.

The difference with this bride-to-be was that she hadn't tried on anything specific that shouted 'The One!' There were elements from one dress she liked and those she didn't.

So, we pulled together a sketch and began work.

Sarah chose a 100% silk dupion with some fabulous beaded motifs for some sparkle.

The swag front was worked directly onto the mannequin to attain the best drape.

Sarah requested some detail to the hem (shown in the first image) but later had it removed.

The back was corset closure with elastic inner supports for comfort and to reduce the strain on the lace up loops themselves. The skirt was hand bustled and had a few roses hidden beneath.

This gown pushes the sewing ability once again with the use of drapes and pleats and will remain one of my most favourite gowns to have worked on.

But, while I ADORE vintage, this gives a welcome change.

Sarah marries today at Rudding Park, Harrogate and along with her gown

we also produced seven bridesmaid gowns and ten cravats to compliment her.

Congratulations, sarah. Have the most wonderful wedding day.

Gown before hemline detail was removed.

Bodice showing drape, rose detail and bodice detail.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Love My Dress Summer Soiree.

Well, how do you begin to describe such an amazing night?

An absolute pleasure to be among such wonderful people.

I think i'll just list the highlights and then the lows.


Meeting Yemi of Kosibah. An absolutely delightful man, who happend to make the wedding gown of Aleshi Dixon. Really, THE most sweetest person who I hope to meet again very soon. I got a squeeze!

Chris Hanley and his beautiful wife, Claire.

Cat Hepple and I spent a while chatting with this lovely couple (we are providing the gown for a workshop in Tuscany later this year) and I was in awe of his knowledge and advice.

Hayley of The Harrogate Wedding Lounge . We were partners in crime. While all were watching the entertainment, we were filling our goodie bags with chocolates and biscuits (for the children of course)

Jane Hardman Ferris of HF Couture. I borrowed a necklace which later Jane gifted to me. Thank you my dear friend.

Meeting Annabel (of course) and having a squeeze at breakfast.

And last but no means least, watching Ms Cat Hepple float around the room in her fabulous frock made by moi!

The Lows.

Not meeting Joanne Flemming

Not getting 2 sets of cutley at Malmaison when ordering room service!

Now for the snaps.

Trying to look remotely elegant.

I say no more than how very proud I was to watch this lady move around the room.


Yes, we are in there somewhere.

Funky moments in the photobooth!

For more catch ups.

Seriously, loads of linkys!!