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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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  The skirt was… Read more »

Phew… what a busy time it is…. my maternity leave is fast approaching and I’m busy, busy, busy with the final custom bridal gown orders before then as well as planning a really exciting new event – The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase along with Hermia’s Wishes.   For more information on this event pop on over to So this is what’s going on in my work room at the moment… I’m just about to put the hem on… Read more »

It’s been a while since I posted some of my recent work so while I have the chance I thought I would share these gorgeous images from a recent bride of mine.  Aimee wanted a simple but stunning short 50s inspired gown with short sleeves – something which is almost unheard of in bridal stores these days!!! She fell in love with one of my pale pink dupion silk shades and I think you will agree that the style and… Read more »

It sure is madness here at vintage wedding headquarters!!  Amongst the many custom gowns that I’m currently working on I’m desperately trying to find time to create a few more designs for my ready to wear collection which will all be on display at A Very Vintage Wedding Fair in March. Since I barely have time to think, I haven’t had the time to properly photograph my two latest designs but I have included some happy snaps from my work… Read more »

At the end of last year I was lucky enough to get to work with a gorgeous Toowoomba bride, Katie.  Her dream was a simple but elegant country wedding with a bit of a 1960s flair to it.  We worked together to create an oh so cute 60s inspired dupion silk and organza short wedding dress with a touch of lace trim that I just love!!  To complete the look I also created a puff style flower for her hair… Read more »