Wow White Pleated Wedding Dress!

written by Rachel Lamb
12 · 09 · 15

Back in the spring, I posted something along the lines of:

“This year I’m making the shortest and the biggest wedding dresses I’ve ever made” or some such.

I also posted on Facebook about cutting out the skirts for a dress and the hems being something like 40 metres long. (I can’t remember the exact length, but I had measured it, and it was certainly very long!!)

Well this is that ‘biggest’ and ‘longest hemmed’ dress and it belongs to Karen, who got married to Mark in July this summer.

Before I go any further, these pictures are taken by photographer Rachel Barnes.

You may have been expecting an enormous dress from my earlier comments, and although full-skirted, it’s not that big to look at is it? As you can see the proportions suit Karen really well; she’s got the height to go with it. I meant ‘voluminous skirted’!

When Karen first contacted me, she showed me a picture of a full skirt with large pleats and wanted to know if I could make something similar. We then discussed the design for the top half, and whether it should be a dress in one piece or a 2-piece bodice and skirt.

The dress itself is quite a simple design visually, no lace or beading, and a simple seamed bodice with sleeves. The skirt is where the action is, with 3 layers of graduated box pleats, which was a challenge to pattern-cut and make! It took two of us to manoeuvre it around the studio at times!

Karen’s dress is made of white silk Taffeta, with a charcoal sash and bow at the waist.

I hope you like it. 🙂 Thanks for sending me these images Karen. xx

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