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.

Silver Sixpence - vintage wedding dress design sketch - Erin

Silver Sixpence - vintage wedding dress design sketch - ErinErin had fallen in love with elements of a few gowns so we worked together to pluck out what it was in each inspiration image that she loved and put them all together to create her ultimate gown.  Like quite a few of my current brides she really wanted a gown with sleeves and it’s so lovely to see this style coming back into “fashion” (although I wouldn’t say that my brides are the kind to care about what is “fashionable” and what isn’t!).  She wanted a more rounded neckline at the front with a lower neckline at the back that was also rounded which is a really unique style.

For the skirt she really loved the romantic, soft look of a floor length gown that had a little drape with a sheer layer over the top to soften it even more.  In the end we chose a silk crepe for the gown, and the silk crepe I often work with is perfect for this soft, romantic look.  For the sheer layer she chose a silk chiffon which has a lovely hang to it and just a slight amount of lustre.

Silver Sixpence - Erins lace and chiffon romantic vintage wedding dress

 Working on the lace overlay for the bodice

Silver Sixpence - Erins lace and chiffon romantic vintage wedding dress

Erin’s bodice complete part from lace edging to be hand sewn around neckline.  The skirt lining is on and about to add the silk chiffon and silk crepe skirt layers.


Silver Sixpence - Erins lace and chiffon romantic vintage wedding dress

The back of Erin’s dress with the lovely low rounded neckline

Next post will be the skirt and some final shots of the gown!