Silver Sixpence - Vintage tea length wedding dress - Grace

I recently had a second line of bridal gowns available which were an inexpensive line that were made overseas and after several months of offering those designs I decided to close down that side of my business to focus my time exclusively on creating my own high quality handmade vintage inspired wedding dresses which I have always been offering as the Silver Sixpence label. With the closure of that side of the business it’s lead to some sad brides who… Read more »

Silver Sixpence - Erins lace and chiffon romantic vintage wedding dress

Last week I was up to showing you the bodice of Erin’s lovely lace and chiffon vintage wedding dress.  The next step was to add the silk crepe and the silk chiffon overlay skirt.  Although the silk crepe has a matte texture to it Erin really wanted the extra layer of softness that comes with a silk chiffon so that she can have that lovely swoosh when she walks around on her wedding day.  To break up the bodice and… Read more »

Silver Sixpence - vintage wedding dress design sketch - Erin

I seem to be on a bit of a roll lately with working on gowns with lace bodice’s which is very lovely.  I recently completed a lovely romantic vintage wedding dress for Erin which had a bit more of a nod to the 30s and 40s compared to my usual busy workroom of 50s and 60s inspired dresses. Erin had fallen in love with elements of a few gowns so we worked together to pluck out what it was in… Read more »

Caitlin 50s Lace & Tulle Tea Length Wedding Dress

A few weeks ago I completed the gorgeous lace and tulle vintage inspired tea length wedding dress for Caitlin.  She now has the gown and is on the countdown until her big day in a few months in regional Victoria (and if I were her I’d be secretly doing dress ups every few days!!) So last post I had completed the bodice and was about to cut and sew on the full circle skirt with the gathered tulle overlay.  Once… Read more »

Silver Sixpence - Caitlin's 50s inspired lace and tulle tea length wedding dress

As a new addition to the Silver Sixpence website, after plenty of time meaning to get around to this I am starting to showcase snippets of the process behind some of the bespoke gowns that I’m working on from time to time. One of the gowns that I’m currently working on at the moment is Caitlin’s 50s inspired lace and tulle tea length wedding dress. I’ve been absolutely dying to get started on this design since we first met many… Read more »

Silver Sixpence - Mandy - 50s style tea length wedding dress

The design that Mandy chose has rapidly become one of my most popular dresses among my brides this year.  The sweetheart cross over neckline is incredibly flattering on all figures, and the lace overlay on the fitted midriff really nips in the waist and creates a gorgeous hourglass shape which is such a classic 50s/60s design. Mandy’s dress was made from dupion silk with a very simple lace overlay on the bodice and also features fabric covered buttons at the… Read more »

One of my recent brides, Victoria, fell in love with the idea of a pale pink polka dot wedding dress and I agree that it is such a stunning design for a wedding dress. Her gown was made from dupion silk in “Cherub Pink” with an ivory tulle overlay with small white flocked polka dots.  The bodice had a really flattering sweetheart neckline and all in one capped sleeves.  The skirt is an eternally fashionable full circle skirt that offers… Read more »

I love a bride who opts for a dress that is more their personality and doesnt want to confirm with the traditional concept of a wedding dress.  It’s always exciting for me when I meet a bride who is after a short, chic dress for their wedding day! I recently heard from one of my previous brides who was one of these girl who chose a short wedding dress and just loved getting to see the pictures of her all… Read more »

There has been a flurry of paper patterns, thread and fabrics recently as I put together a very exciting new line for Silver Sixpence.  Skirts!!!  Yes I know the idea of separates for a bride is nothing new, although in the past it’s still been an overall gown, just with a separate corset bodice generally over a skirt. Now this is something really different…. just plain and simple skirts that as you can see can be teamed up with cute… Read more »

The use of “alternative” materials for bridal gowns is really gaining momentum at the moment and I’m often receiving enquiries about cotton gowns.   Not only does it make the price of the gown that little bit more affordable but they are also lovely breathable garments that you can even wash yourself after the big day instead of the $300+ dry cleaning bill that most cleaners charge as soon as you say the words “wedding dress”! Recently I had the… Read more »