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 had their heart set on a particular discontinued design, one of which was the very popular lace tea length wedding dress – the Grace dress. I recently had the pleasure of recreating it for one of my lovely Melbourne brides and I thought I’d share it with you all here.
With this custom design my bride was keen to use a stretch lace as close to the look of the Retro Bride version of the Grace dress and we then used a scalloped stretch lace around the neckline as well. The lace around the neckline was our plan B as we had sourced a lovely original vintage lace that “went missing in the mail” somewhere between the supplier and me 🙁 so no time to feel sad or grumpy, we had to move on and find an alternative and this one worked out really well!
The bodice features a sweetheart neckline underbodice with the lace overbodice that has ever so slightly extended shoulders to sit out on the edge of the shoulder just a smidge. The skirt is a full gathered tulle skirt over a full circle skirt which is the same design as my Rear Window dress. The gown was made from synthetic duchess satin from one of my silk suppliers who now stocks some synthetic alternatives. These synthetic alternatives are great for brides who really hate the crumpled look of silk (and they even have a synthetic dupion silk that looks amazing and is much less likely to crease!)
This dress could be worth with or without a petticoat. It is photographed without a petticoat but for those who want the full 50s skirt look a petticoat would look super cute under it as well. With all of the fullness in the tulle the skirt already has quite a bit of “oomph” on it’s own!
By the way, this was the previous design this dress was based on: