Sunday, 12 January 2014

Ali's Lace and Satin Wedding Dress

Copyright: Matthew Turner
Copyright: Matthew Turner
Copyright: Matthew Turner

When Ali came to visit me, she knew exactly what she wanted.  She wanted, simple and elegant.  Despite the hundreds of laces samples i showed her, she was dead set on the first one i showed her, the Maria lace.  A beautiful clean and not fussy lace with fine metallic thread running through to add a slight and subtle bit of sparkle.  I love the back detail on the dress, a row of covered buttons, which you can see her head bridesmaid patiently fastening.

Copyright: Matthew Turner

Copyright: Matthew Turner

Copyright: Matthew Turner

Thank you Ali for sharing these images with me of your beautiful day.

Hair by the fantastic Lucille's locks, make-up by the umber talented Ms Moo.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

Nicki's Champagne Wedding Dress

Nicki's beautiful wedding dress reminds me of a elegant class of champagne.  Not only is the fabric a soft flowing luscious satin the colour of champagne, the soft elegant curves of the dress, like a champagne glass and the sparkly lace bodice .... like the bubbles leaping from the class of freshly poured chilled glass. 

Here are the design sketches i drew up for Nicki after we had our first meeting.  She went for design G

I love the lace Nicki chose,  the beading is equisit.  Just the right amount of sparkle to finish off the dress.

A massive thank you to Nicki for sending in these images of her big day in Florida!

I love the shape of the skirt, very fitted down to the knees and kicks out to a fishtail, with a subtle train at the back.

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Fiona's Blush Pink Silk Wedding Dress

I made Fiona's wedding dress earlier this year.  It was a beautiful subtle blush pink silk with a dainty jewelled lace over lay on the bodice.

Initial sketch i drew in our consultation

Final Design
Fiona visited me in my studio, at the beginning of last year.  We discussed designs and looked at different fabric and lace combinations.  Fiona fell in love with the soft blush silk instantly!

She told me she was complimented endlessly on the big day for the beautiful colour of her wedding dress.

"I can honestly say I felt spectacularly elegant in it! It was absolutely perfect and so many people commented on the colour! So a big thank you for all your hard work on it."

One of my favourite features of the dress was the covered button back. I hand covered each button and sew it on by hand, it certainly was a labour of love!


A big thank you to Fiona for sending in these images from her big day!  Photography by Adam Cash Photography.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

All in black with Leopard Print

I am still in  my Beatnik phase.  Mainly because i am in LOVE with these new cigarette pants i have just made.  After losing a bit of weight, hardly any of my clothes fit me.  So i thought i would treat myself to a pair of black denim cig pants.  Dressing all in black is a timless and chic look, minimal effort maximum style.  Plus it makes whatever your accessorise with, stand out!  Today i have accessorised with my leopard jacket.

I got the leopard print coat from a vintage shop in Sheffield, years ago.  Since it is my go to warm winter coat i have re-lined it since i had worn it out!  I love it, it only cost a tenner and i must say is the most perfect leopard print jacket!

The pants are made from medium weight denim with spandex.  I can get the denim in a few colours including black and navy.  The pattern is an adapted vintage pattern, which i have made many adjustments to over the years since first making them.  There is a side zipper, fixed waist band with a trouser clip to fasten.   I have made this pair with belt loops (when ordering please state if you would like belt loops or not)

The are all made to measure, so I would need the following measurements from you, your waist taken at the smallest part, your hips taken over the widest part, your front and back rise, and also your desired inside leg length. (see diagram below for where to help on where to measure)

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Rockabilly Bride

At the beginning of the summer myself and a group of my most talented friends took part in an exciting project.  We created three bridal looks and styled a photoshoot.  The location was Elston Castle in Derbyshire.  Our photographer was Emma from Luna Photography, hair styling by Lucille's Locks and make up by Ms Moo Make up.  We had beautiful accessories loaned to us by Lottie Loves Vintage 
and the bouquets by Rebecca Markham 

Our models for our fun, 'rockabilly' shoot were Sophie and Johnny.  I felt that Sophie's hair and tattoos suited a fun and flirty 'rockabilly' dress. The dress is a full circle skirt, with layered tulle, the bodice is a strapless sweet heart with tulle gathers.  Teamed with a sparkly beaded and sequin belt.

If you are planning a wedding or know someone that is please check out these fantastic gals;

Luna Photography
Lucille's Locks
Ms Moo Make-Up
Lottie Loves Vintage
Rebecca Markham

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Beatnik Style

Today's outfit is inspired by the 'beat generation' or beatnik style.  Think Audrey Hepburn in Funny face or Midge from Mad Men.  Smokey jazz bars, sipping wine, listening some weirdo recite poetry, having intellectual conversations..... nah i just wore this outfit to go shopping and have lunch.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Midge with Don, Mad Men

Black Turtleneck; BHS
Shoes; Asda
Cardigan; Primark
Specs; Ray-Ban's

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