Silver Sixpence - Fiona's 1950s vintage inspired cotton wedding dressHello there! I’m Melanie, the Brisbane based dressmaker / designer behind Silver Sixpence and I specialise in vintage style wedding dresses. I can create a unique vintage reproduction gown based on original designs from the 1920s to 1960s or brides can have a completely custom bridal gown which is designed in keeping with their own truly unique ideas to make your dream vintage inspired dress.

Whether you are searching for your ultimate vintage bridal gown or a glamorous gown for a black tie event, I can create a stunning one of a kind gown that is made just for you.  Every Silver Sixpence gown is lovingly made by hand by myself –  I personally create each individual pattern, sew and fit each garment to my client.

Are you still looking for inspiration for your perfect vintage style wedding dress? Click on the Gallery page for a selection of gorgeous original vintage sewing pattern images that are among the many styles that I can recreate for you as well as a collection of real brides in their custom Silver Sixpence dresses.

Due to popular demand I can book up 6-9 months in advance, particularly in the busy wedding months, so it is advisable to contact me as soon as you can to avoid disappointment (if you’re a last minute bride it’s always worth trying though just in case I can squeeze you in!)

So how much I hear you ask? Well as each custom design has so many variables I’m not able to provide a generic price list for custom made to measure gowns, however I have listed average prices inclusive of labour and fabric below. Please email me for any specific pricing enquiries.


Custom gowns made in a standard size (no fittings or calico toile made)

average prices are $1200-$2000 depending on style and fabrics used


Custom made to measure gowns (one of a kind gown from a photograph or sketch including calico toile and fittings)

average prices are $2000-3000 depending on style and fabrics used


Extra charges apply for intricate hand sewing including delicate trims, laces, buttons or gowns requiring more technical drafting or construction. Specialty fabrics such as laces and trims are sourced based on the design and are not in stock, or can be supplied by the client if they have particular fabrics in mind.

Have you fallen in love with a vintage style gown but don’t live in Brisbane? I also create one of a kind gowns made in a standard size for those who cannot attend regular fittings. The gown is then shipped directly to you where any minor adjustments can be made by your local alterations specialist. Silver Sixpence boxes gowns and ships worldwide!   I also offer a semi made to measure service for brides who can pop to Brisbane for one or two fittings (just drop me a line to find out more!).

My studio is located in Milton, Queensland and I’m open by appointment only (please refer to the FAQ page for more information on the appointment types available).

Silver Sixpence accepts payment by PayPal, direct deposit or money order.

Contact me to arrange a consultation to discuss your dream vintage inspired dress and accessories.

Above image by Steph Tout