Fellow dressmaker extraordinaire and good friend Naomi very kindly modelled a sample wedding dress I made - this has a 50’s vibe, with a full circle skirt, dobby spot tulle overlay on the skirt, and TWO petticoats underneath, to ensure maximum volume! The bodice is cut in a timeless princess line and features a cute v neck with a slight curve that flatters the bust and shoulders well. A darling peach coloured waistband with sash finished off the look and adds a pop of colour to the dress - this matches the little flower birdcage veil I created and will match cravats and pocket squares of the groomsmen tying everything together in whichever colour scheme you have.
Aso-Ebi is a Nigerian tradition where the bride’s friends and family all wear dresses from the same fabric. These two dresses are made from one piece of Nigerian Ankara (around 6m) wax fabric with sparkly gemstones. The mother’s dress has a very close fitted bodice and a peplum that gives a waterfall effect down the back of the legs. Her daughter’s dress is a much simpler, age appropriate simple A line dress. They both looked rather wonderful and perfectly matched the other dresses at the wedding!
These three dresses were designed with the bride, with many changes made to the original design, making these dresses a thing of beauty that perfectly complemented the wedding gown. The bridal party struggled to find anything suitable that matched for the three different age ranges, which is why they came to me. The original design was based on simple satin dresses, with an ivory one for the flowergirl. This grew into having a chiffon overskirt with a floaty waterfall effect across the front, and adding a beautiful guipure lace for the bodices to give it the extra wow factor. It worked perfectly for the flowergirl dress, as she had the matching bodice but the skirt was made in ivory tulle and chiffon, with satin hand cut hydrangea (the theme of the wedding) shaped petals sewn on with a bead in the centre to add just a touch of sparkle.
My amazing model is here showcasing the incredible dress I designed for her first holy communion. I adore playing with different shades of white and ivory, and this simple and pretty silk satin dress was made extra glamorous with addition of a beaded lace long sleeved overlay and matching appliques around the skirt. It shimmered beautifully in the sunlight and the button up back of the tunic adds a really nice detail.