Hannah, although only recently taken up dressmaking, wanted to follow her Mum’s example and the family tradition by making her own wedding dress.
The first step was to alter her Retro pattern to fit. We made a calico toile. A deep V back is always tricky to get to lie flat but by folding out the pattern on the back V – it fitted perfectly.
The skirt on the pattern involved metres and metres of tulle – not something I’d recommend for a new sewer and not quite the look Hannah was wanting we changed the skirt pattern to add a train and box pleats.
Hannah used Duchess satin for the bodice and skirt. These were underlined onto calico or lining fabric and a beaded lace overlay was added to the top. Hannah thought I was joking when I suggested she get a hammer and smash off the beads in the seam lines! She saved the beads that fell off at the cutting out process and stitched them back on at the end to fill in any gaps.
With horsehair braid in the bound hem and the addition of lacing at the back, it is truly a stunning dress for a stunning bride.
And the date of the wedding? The 1st of April – now that is a coincidence as it also the date of my wedding day!
Thank you, it has been such a pleasure and honour to work with you Hannah.