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 months ago. When Caitlin arrived for her design consultation she came along with an image of her dream gown – a bride wearing an original vintage dress that was featured in Hello May magazine and one that I had also noticed and fell in love with myself. We set about working through a few tweaks here and there including changing the basque waistline that creates a slight v shape (this often screams 1980s since it had such a resurgence through that era) and also sourcing a modern day lace that matched the original look nicely.
Here is the original vintage gown inspiration:
We found a lovely lace from Tessuti that had a somewhat crocheted appearance to it which gives a lovely old world charm. Stock of this particular lace tends to come and go but it’s always exciting when I see it pop back up in their online store! The bodice features silk organza lining and the sweetheart under bodice and skirt are in an ivory dupion silk. Gathered soft tulle will lie over the dupion silk to recreate the whimsical skirt along with a custom petticoat underneath.
Currently the bodice is complete apart from the lovely little fabric covered button detail in the front, and I’m about to work on the skirt.
The photos of this work in progress don’t do this dress justice as it’s absolutely adorable in real life and I’m loving every bit of it. Right now I’m wishing I could have my wedding day all over again with this design. The peter pan collar and little capped sleeves make it such a super sweet dress with a lovely modesty that is rarely seen in wedding dresses today.
Next is the gathering of metres and metres of tulle and adding the skirt….