We love commissions here from vintage aprons, cushions, dresses and even wedding dresses wecsn work with you to make your dreams come true. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or requests in our contact us page - in the meantime here is a peek at my latest wedding dress commission! 

Wedding dress Commission February 2015 - Grace wedding dress in champagne duchesse satin, red hand dyed lace with a corset back

This bride came to us as she had a problem finding someone to make her a wedding gown in red and white, and she didn't want to take the chance on ordering one from the Far East.

For any commission I start with the client emailing me pictures of dresses they like the style of, and it was clear from the pictures she wanted an A line shape, no train, strapless, corset back with red roses and some drama! The design we decided on for the gown was a simple A line, a boned corset lace bodice with a straight neckline, ruching over the stomach and under the bust, and a dramatic lace godet on the left hand side so we could have a real sweep of colour with the red lace. 

The biggest advantage to having a gown custom made is that it is made to measure for YOU! This is perfect for anyone who is not a standard size 8 or is taller, smaller, bigger than the so called average. Bridal shops don't stock many plus size gown or gowns for taller brides and it can be hard to find what you are looking for. This lovely bride was tall, and had the most amazing sparkly 5in heels to wear for her big day so we had to incorporate the extra height into the pattern so it the dress length was perfect.  I take initial measurements on consultation to enable me to make a toile (a plain cotton version of the gown) then this is tried on, adjustments to fit are made, we can also change things around on the dress before making a final toile which is used to ensure the gown itself is a fit. 

Next is fabric selection my favourite bit! The bride wanted white, but it is important to keep an open mind with bridal fabrics as they can drain your colour. I always show samples in white, Ivory, cream, champagne and even blush as the colour changes between them can very subtle and it also depends on fabric choice. We went for a heavyweight duchess satin in Champagne for the main body of the gown, red hand dyed lace for the bodice and godet, and Ivory silk crepe for a luxurious and cool lining. The corset was boned using spiral boning as is it moves with the wearer and is more comfortable. 

Lots of hand sewing, machine sewing, 2 toiles and 3 fittings later we have a gorgeous made to measure wedding gown! My bride has even let me use some of her super glamorous shots from Vegas! She looks like a vintage movie star I think!