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Custom Lace Wedding Gowns

Lace Wedding Gowns are really on trend this year and with that in mind, I’d like to share my process for a custom lace gown that I  made recently for a New Year’s Eve wedding.

After consulting with the client, we decided on an ivory beaded Alencon lace re-embroidered with gold thread. The base was a 40mme silk charmeuse, lined in silk habotai. I like to prepare a fabric “sketch” for the client so she can see how the fabrics look and feel together.

Fabric "Sketch"

Fabric “Sketch”

I had to tea dye the English netting to match the ivory of the lace. Shown here are samples of the dyed netting.

Tea-dyed netting

Tea-dyed netting

I used muslin for the toile which worked perfectly for the silk but the lace was so stretchy that I ended up taking it in twice to get the “va-va-voom” fit that the bride desired.

Fitting Toile

Fitting Toile

First, I made the silk sheath and fit it exactly to the bride’s body. We also made sure the neckline was just as we wanted.

Front View of the silk sheath

Front View of the silk sheath

Back View of silk sheath

Back View of silk sheath

The bride wanted the necklines as low as possible but we also had to fit her undergarment.

Next, we added the lace over the silk sheath. This is where I took in the lace twice to get a really close fit.

Lace over silk sheath

Lace over silk sheath

Once I got the fit we wanted, I could finish off the neckline and sleeves.

Close-up of neckline

Close-up of neckline

Then the fun part ~ placing the lace on the skirt of the gown! Here’s the “sketch” with the happy bride. I ended up changing it somewhat in the final so that the design was balanced. It was not a symmetrical lace so it had to look balanced as opposed to symmetrical.

First Fit of the skirt with lace pinned onAnd here is the finished gown!

Front View of gownBack View of gownclose-up of sleeve detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Veil or not to Veil

I get asked all the time whether a bride should use a veil or not.

It really depends on the style of the gown and the bride.Veils traditionally “hide” the bride from her groom until the “ta da” moment in the ceremony, when the blusher is flipped back and the new wife is revealed.

Very few brides use blushers anymore, the layer that covers the face. But a veil can make you feel more like a bride. And there are so many beautiful styles to choose from. The right one can really finish off the look.

For a more contemporary look, no veil is popular or the “birds nest” works for some styles. If you decide not to use a veil, make sure your hair and makeup is flawless because your face and hair become the focus. A gorgeous up-do works well, especially for a formal gown. For a more casual look, the long curls work well.

Ask your wedding professional whether a veil will work for you or not but ultimately, it’s up to you…there is no wrong answer!

Hot Wedding Season

Short Dress for Outdoor Wedding

Short Dress for Outdoor Wedding

I feel sorry for all brides who are having their weddings this weekend in our Northern Californian town of Redding. It’s supposed to be 109 degrees. Outdoor weddings are really popular around here and I can understand why. We have gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. We have the river and all the lush vegetation that goes with it. Big oak and cottonwood trees. I GET that people love the outdoors here.

But wedding gowns and tuxes are hot! And I don’t mean that in a sexy way…I mean, the temperature way.

If you really want an outdoor wedding, and you live in a hot climate, maybe you should think outside the box a bit. How about a short wedding gown? Or a lightweight chiffon gown instead of satin?  For the guys, you might consider chinos and white shirts. If you have to stay formal, how about tux pants with the vest instead of a jacket? Linen for the bridesmaids and groomsmen is a great casual look for summer as well.

 

“The wedding is this Saturday!”

Even if you are a guest for a wedding and not actually in the wedding party, you want to look your best. So why would you wait till the last minute to find the perfect outfit and then expect your alterationist to fit it for you?

In my one-person business, I almost always have a two week turn around time. Sometimes, if I get a little ahead on my work, I will take on rushes but I will charge a rush fee because I could have been resting with my feet up instead of doing more work. I have to admit (and my family and friends will attest to this), I get a little cranky this time of year. Prom dresses, wedding gowns, wedding party outfits, graduation, cruises, class reunions…this is a very busy time of year for everyone! It can be tiring!

I know I could probably take on an apprentice or an employee and do more work, but until the “perfect” person comes along, I would rather turn down work than stress out about my schedule.

Keep in mind, your alterationist has a life outside of his or her shop, as well. And thanks for thinking ahead!