I thought I would try and catch up with showing some ‘real’ weddings, so this is Hannah and Michael who got married back in December, in Cambridge.
Hannah is very petite and knew she would like to have a dress made for her and in my opinion she chose an excellent shape for her figure. The gown is a silk Organza over silk Dupion strapless number, (that’s see-through fabric over opaque) and it works well for her because the bodice shows off her tiny waist and the contrasting fullness of the circular skirt emphasises her waist further. Organza is a firm but see-through weave and the silk version we used was very matt so some satin ribbon detailing at the hem and waist worked well with it as a contrast. Hannah also chose to have a lace bodice with sleeves made to wear over the dress, which was something she could remove later. The lace bodice was cut to look like part of the dress when she wore it and it fastened at the back.
Part of making something for someone is that ideas also occur as the garment is being made and fitted – it’s part of the design process. When the dress was almost finished, I held up a string of pearls to it to see what it looked like, Hannah liked them too, so the result was pearl beading at the hip, which you can just about see in the first pic.
A fur wrap completed the look and kept out the chills!