Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

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.

This is the final design we decided on.

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 sleeves being made up in the tulle star fabric
The collar being sewn in place 

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. 

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Matching Personlised Leather Jackets : Las Vegas wedding

Jo And Jonny celebrated their Las Vegas wedding earlier on in the year.

I had the honour of making them both their very own personalised leather jackets. 

It’s been one of my favourite designs to create so far and was a challenge, to say the least! 

To get a more of a vibe of what the couple were into I invited them to come to my studio so we could chat more about their wedding, where it was happening and did they have a theme they wanted to go with. 

They defiantly wanted something that represented them both and also wanted to bring a sentimental vibe that they were getting married in Vegas, I mean who doesn’t. 

They both have a passion for reptiles and even have them as pets themselves so they chose to have a snake incorporated around a heart. This was a tricky one to draw but I got there in the end.

To incorporate the Las Vegas theme I thought it would be cool to do the writing as they do on the biker patches so it stood out nice and bold. I also had to stick some dice in there because I believe the couple were rolling into good times! 

The design

With all my designs I start by sketching a hard copy out which then gets transferred to my iPad to redraw it through procreate, this means I can use colour to get more of a feel see how it looks. It was also easier to send to my clients as they can see what it will look like too and not just black and white. 

I can also keep my client updated as I’m drawing it to make sure it exactly as they want it.

This was the first time I had ventured into making a man’s leather jacket so that was an added extra challenge on top.

When working with Johnny’s size the pattern had to be drafted differently but luckily I had my handy men’s pattern book to help me along the way.  It was worth it, in the end, to see how it turned out.

I also took Jo’s measurements to make sure the jacket was perfect rocking for her too. 

For Jo went for a soft rose pink jacket and kept the design colours complementing the colour. I used my leopard print lining to fully line the jacket as the pink colours really popped with the jacket and the back design.

With Johnny’s we went for a classic black and used similar colours for the design but used a red for the heart instead of pink, It was fully lined in a classic red lining too. 

I love how the black and white lettering just pops out of the jacket.

I was so excited when I saw the pictures of them both wearing it in Las Vegas, it just looks so blummin cool and badass. 

They took to the streets of Vegas at night with jackets in tow. 

If your looking for a custom jacket to represent you on your big day or any day in fact then check out my rocking custom leather service  and sign up to the waitlist to be first to hear when my service opens up 

What leather do I use for my jackets

What leather do I use for my jackets

It’s a no brainer that the clue is in the title when I use leather for my leather jackets but it’s not just about that, I wanted to basically explain why I use real leather in my designs and where it comes from. 

It can be a confusing subject for people but I am here to champion that leather can be more sustainable in the long run.

All my leather is sourced from high-quality leather merchants within the Uk called GH Leathers. They specialise in sustainably sourcing their hides through ethical farming. This was a big one for me as I knew that if I wanted to use leather for my jackets then I needed to know it came from a place like this. I have also visited G. H. Leathers and they were very helpful and open to talking about their range of hides and where they were from. 

Their range of hides was unbelievable and I spent a good few hours just looking at and a vast range of colours. 

If you would like to know more about the leather company, they have a more in-depth article on their website here

I started using real leather a few years ago and I can honestly say I have noticed a big difference from using PU leather. Not only is it not plastic the longevity in the product has a bigger life span than what faux leather would.

Equaling in a higher quality product that would last a lifetime and not only that it can be passed down through generations.

The difference between PU and real leather:

PU

  • Its made from plastic
  •  Its easily torn
  • It doesn’t have longevity
  • It won’t decompose due to it being plastic
  • It’s not sustainable for the environment

Real leather

  • Its made naturally and ethically
  • It gets better with age
  • It won’t lose its value
  • It’s higher in quality
  • It’s more sustainable for the environment
  • It will last longer

In a world so heightened in sustainability, I knew this would be the right option to make my business fully using leather. Yes, the PU leather and vegan leather may come across as being friendly but it is not always the case and can be full of plastic which is in no way sustainable for our future.

So yes you can be sustainable and wear leather.

All my leathers are custom made by hand and if you would like to find out more information and book onto my waitlist for 2022, check out my custom service here