Last year I had the pleasure of making this totally unique bespoke wedding dress for Kate who was getting married in New York – amazing I know right just wait till you see the pictures.
As I have currently stopped my wedding dress service to focus on my leather jackets this dress was an absolute stunner to end on. Find out more about my bespoke leather jackets here
Kate came for a consultation way back in 2018 to have a chat about her ideas on what she wanted. We talked about colours, shapes and fabrics plus it’s also a great way to get my clients to feel relaxed within my studio and find out how I work.
Her ideas back then were completely different to what she ended up having in the end, It’s amazing how much you change in just a year.
Fast forward to 2019 and after many discussions we decided on the shape, style and fabric. Which was the best choice in the end because it just fit so well with the whole look and feel of the wedding.
So let’s talk about the fabrics and the shape.
When it came to the fabric I was looking for something elegant and soft, I came across this incredible tulle fabric that had delicate sequinned stars embroidered on in silver and pale gold which looked absolutely stunning.
I knew with the style we were making this had to be used and we did. The bespoke wedding dress was in two parts.
The under dress which was made with a sweetheart neckline with boning for structure and a gradual flared skirt which was slightly up at the front to show off Kate’s kick ass boot from McQueen.
This was made from a subtle gold duchess satin fabric to tone in well with the tulle fabric.
The second dress was an over dress but the top half was made into a shirt style which look so elegant in the star fabric. The skirt part was the same as the under dress.
The over dress was made separate and with the intention to be worn again — which is even more cooler.
Oh but how could I forget the badass leather jacket she also had made to wear with her dress.
This was also made from a subtle gold leather to tone in with the wedding dress.
It was like everything just fell into place when we found the fabrics.
The making of the bespoke wedding dress.
I started with working with Kates measurements to create a bespoke pattern that was unique to her, I could then develop on this if anything was to change. The next step was to take this into a toile which is a sample garment that helps through the fitting stages.
This is made from a plain fabric to help study the shape and fit of the dress.
Once I was happy with the pattern and the sample garment was fitting to how I liked, I then cut Kate’s dress out in the actual fabric. This is the best bit because you actually start to see the dress come to life as you can see from the photos below.
The under dress being made with leopard print lining.
The top half of the shirt being prepared for the buttons
Final check of the collar
Working on the sleeve for the leather jacket
Final checks to see how it is looking
I started to make the bespoke wedding dress up in the actual fabric 6 months before so it gave us plenty of time for any amendments.
The most fiddly part of the dress was to get the shirt style top to sit right with it being made in a tulle fabric especially around the neck. It was very fine a delicate to sew too, it tested my skills but I got there in the end.
I was so please with the outcome of the dress and the best feeling ever was when Kate brought her friend for a fitting and she burst into tears because she loved it so much. I think we were all nearly in tears at that point.
Having a bespoke wedding dress made is such a unique experience, you see your actual vision come to life in different stages. I truly believe if you are thinking about going for it… do! It’s an incredible journey for the seamstress and the client.
Now I know you’ve all been waiting for the photo so scroll and enjoy these killer photos shot by New York Dream Weddings
Oh and they honeymooned in Vegas … I mean come on! Goals right there.