1950s Wedding Dress Design Inspiration

A while back I shared some happy snaps taken of the custom dress that I created for the gorgeous Eve’s high school formal.  She chose a design from a very rare 50s sewing pattern that featured Audrey Hepburn modelling the Givenchy design (McCall’s 3788): Her proud mum just sent me through some pictures of Eve all dressed up on the day for me to share with you all.   I think you will all agree that Eve looked absolutely stunning… Read more »

As some of you may know I recently teamed up with Kim from Hermia’s Wishes to create The Vintage and Handmade Bride and together we have been crazy busy…. Now despite having packed up my work room to create little Caleb’s “nursery” (and I use that word very loosely as apart from a bassinette and a change table there is absolutely nothing nursery like about the poor fellas makeshift bedroom!) I was clever enough to keep my machines and basic… Read more »

Today is the first of my “Vintage Inspired Bridal Gown Design Days” – I have my collection of vintage wedding books and fashion history books together to bring along for my brides to flick through for inspiration and I’m looking forward to a lovely afternoon of chatting about vintage fashion and working through vintage inspired design ideas for the select group of brides coming along! For my vintage pattern of the week I thought I would share this little gem:… Read more »

This week we go back to the roaring 20s with this gorgeous flapper style pattern: This pattern would look stunning made up in a lovely crepe backed silk satin or a double sided silk satin with the belt made from the same fabric and then a gorgeous vintage style diamante clasp at the front to add a little splash of bling. The bow details on the shoulder could be from ribbon or pieces of silk chiffon (or completely left off… Read more »

Wow, time is absolutely flying at the moment in the lead up to my maternity leave with bub number 2…  As you may or may not be aware, I have recently started up a new venture with an industry friend of mine called www.thevintageandhandmadebride.com – through this website and also our Facebook page we plan to bring together all of the fabulous vendors offering wonderful products and services for those planning a vintage / handmade / eclectic wedding as well… Read more »

This is a brand new idea of mine to help brides who are in the very beginning stages of working out their dream vintage inspired gown. Each week I will share with you a different vintage or vintage reproduction pattern for style inspiration along with some of my suggested fabrics etc.  As the main eras that I work within are the 1920s to the 1960s they will all be within those eras, however I do love a little splash of… Read more »

There are times when I love what I do more than ever, and this was one time when Nicole came along requesting a short fitted wedding dress as she wasn’t interested in a big bouffant “meringue” for her day.  I love a bride who knows what they want and doesn’t let traditions dictate what they wear!! Nicole went for a fitted strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline with a guipure lace overlay that she found through www.tessuti-shop.com.  The skirt was… Read more »

I recently had an order for my 1954 Oscars dress in a standard size in the silver / ivory embroidered organza option so I thought I’d take some happy snaps and share it all with you for those who aren’t into gold (plus I only have very limited amounts available in the gold as the fabric is now discontinued). Instead of placing it over a cream dupion silk, the bride and I chose to go with a more ivory shade… Read more »

I don’t often pop up images of my dupion silk fabric flower bouquets but this is part of my most recent order of bouquets for one of my brides, Tracy. She chose the traditional creams for her brides bouquet (magnolia, pearl & antique) and then went for some slightly darker shades for her bridesmaids as their gowns are in more of a latte colour.  The bridesmaids bouquets are in magonlia, antique and mocha ice. There were also buttonholes and pin… Read more »

I recently had the pleasure of recreating an extremely rare (and very expensive if you were ever to get your hands on an original pattern which I just can’t justify for such a straight forward design) McCalls Givenchy pattern that was modelled by none other than Audrey Hepburn. Add caption Eve has chosen this timeless style to be her formal dress which I absolutely loooooove…. here’s to young people who appreciate classic styling and steer away from the same old… Read more »