We are making many wonderful wedding dresses this season, but especially exciting is the dress that I am making for my own wedding.
A.J. and I are getting married this summer and are planning our wedding attire. Right now I am in the process of designing my dress.
If you order a custom wedding dress, I will work with you in much the same way to create a unique dress that reflects your style and inspiration.
Inspiration for a wedding dress can come from all sorts of places.
I have always enjoyed looking through old fashion magazines and studying vintage garments.
The 1876 fashion plate to the left shows the general silhouette and details that I like.
The mid-1870s is a popular period for steampunk wear as you can get very creative with trimmings but the bustle shape is still fairly subtle and flattering.
The red dress pictured is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, an extensive collection worth browsing online.
(And if you find a dress that you love in the MET’s collection, I would love to recreate it for you with some modern touches).
I love the gathering & puffing details on the skirt, the lacing on the back of the dress, and the color.
I knew that I wanted to have a colored dress, and I can’t wait for the fabric swatches I ordered to arrive.
While the Victorian era saw the establishment of the white or ivory wedding dress, many brides at the time wore colored dresses that they would rework and wear again after the wedding (most wedding gowns of the time were high-necked and long-sleeved, so they would serve as day wear once retrimmed).
Silk duppioni is one of my favorite fabrics, and I hope to combine a main dress fabric of greenish gold with accents of vivid blues, violets, and greens.
A.J. and I have also been discussing using our vinyl cutter to create custom heat-transfer flock prints for parts of the dress, to create an effect like the 1900s Worth dress of flocked satin above.
It is amazing how the panels of the dress are cut and sewn to maximize the effect of the print. I was lucky enough to see this dress in person at one of my History of Costume classes held at the Met Museum when I was at Pratt.
For motifs, we are thinking to do something along the lines of an Ernst Haeckel jellyfish or other sea creatures.
Here is the sketch I did based on my ideas above.
The bodice will be fully boned with a lace up back.
I will trim it with tulle and flowers made of some of the accent colors of silk . The panels of the bodice will feature some of placed flock printing towards the waist.
These flowers will also trim the dress in various spots. The bustled overskirt is draped in front and back, and trimmed with tulle. The underskirt will be covered in puffed tulle similar to the 1876 illustration. The dress has a train and will be supported by petticoats and a bustle that I will make. We will also do placed flock printing on the train.
As I select fabrics and begin creating the initial patterns for the dress I can rework the design further.
If you’re as excited about the Victorian era as I am, I’d love to make you a dress as well.
Using our unique muslin fitting process, we can get a great fit on a dress no matter where in the world you live and usually for less money than a dress plus the alteration costs for a factory made dress.
You send us measurements you take at home, and we make a full mock-up of the dress and send this to you to try on before we even cut the fabric.
Then we create a new pattern that is perfectly adjusted for your body, and everything is guaranteed to fit exactly the way you would like.
This means that we can draw from all of the spectacular dresses of the past to get something that is perfect for the present.