Beaded lace bridal hair piece

One great pleasure for anyone who does any sewing is working with amazing fabric. I was lucky enough to be able to work with some exquisite beaded lace which leant itself beautifully to being used for a hair piece.

The way most laces are made mean that they won’t fray so it is possible to clip out the details and use them in creative ways. For this hair piece each layer and petal was wired individually to lift them up and give volume to the finished floral spray.

The image at the top shows the hair piece tucked into a lovely soft up-do.

Below are close ups showing the front and the back. The wire visible from the back as well as the clear comb. I would usually cover the comb base in some silk but in this case the lace was so delicate that the invisible comb was much more subtle.

IMG_6382 IMG_6392

Bridal show – Crochet and cotton

This lovely dress is made of 2 layers of fine cotton muslin. I haven’t really used cotton before for bridal but here it worked perfectly. It was so fine it draped and fell perfectly for a bias cut.

To make the backless dress I created the whole dress in cotton and then made the crochet lace mandala and stitched it over the dress, once the crochet was in place I cut away the cotton from the back.

The side is closed with little loops and shell buttons.

341_weddings coast style 2015 292_weddings coast style 2015 IMG_5626

I have this dress waiting in my wardrobe to be worn again by a relaxed beach bride. Get in touch if you would like some more details, photos or to try it on.

Bridal show -Tulle and lace

I really enjoyed making this dress. I don’t think it looked as good in the parade as i was hoping but it was a real challenge to do and I learned a lot. One of the best things about the parade was being able to take some risks.

DSC_0620 DSC_0615

I do have some great photos taken throughout the construction I would like to share.

IMG_5366  IMG_5371 IMG_5474

Bridal show – 30’s Bias dress and veil

This dress was a challenge, The model who was planning to wear it had to pull out close to the date, I was so lucky that the beautiful model below was willing to help out a stranger and fit the dress to perfection.

372_weddings coast style 2015 309_weddings coast style 2015 374_weddings coast style 2015 DSC_0786 DSC_0794

The dress is made in a heavyweight polyester satin. It has a bias cut halter bodice which I closed with pearl buttons. The skirt is not exactly a bias cut but falls like one, I draped the skirt from one whole piece so the grain isn’t straight down the front but it isn’t exactly 45 degrees either. When the skirt was closed the last of the fabric was allowed to drape at the back as an asymmetric train.

Here are the details of the veil, some close up pictures and construction comments.

Bridal show – Meg’s dress gets another outing.

I made this dress for my sister and it was perfect for her beach house wedding. It was great to see it out of its bag one more time.

DSC_0624DSC_0641

The dress is made in a heavy weight silk satin. It is a simple shape with a deep neckline and super cute pockets hidden in deep pleats through the side.

We styles the dress with a simple veil and no flowers so she could show off the pockets.

30’s veil details

I really wanted to show off the details of this veil. It was a bit of an experiment using the crochet detail but it all ended up looking so wonderful with the dress (and my lovely model) I am really proud of it.

IMG_5976374_weddings coast style 2015

Here is the crochet detail on the wire base. The tulle was sewn along the base to keep it against the head in the Juliet cap style worn in the 30’s.

The tulle I used is a soft bridal tulle. It falls more like silk tulle than nylon tulle. It was perfect for this look.

372_weddings coast style 2015 309_weddings coast style 2015 DSC_0797 DSC_0794

Bridal show – Kingfisher dress

When I first saw this print I was in love, I don’t think I even realised it was birds, It was the colours that grabbed me. It is a fine cotton and for the bridal show I was really interested to use some unusual fabrics and being cotton and a print it was the perfect choice.

437_weddings coast style 2015

DSC_0731 DSC_0742

The scallop back was inspired by a dress from the 20’s. The scallops are worked into the pattern and each one edged with white silk bias binding. The band around the neck is a curved piece the top of all the scallops are caught into.

DSC_0750

For the show the dress was styled with a basic birdcage veil and lovely pink and orange flowers. All the flowers were made by Jill at The little Bouquet in Merimbula.

This dress I am happy to sell, it is wasted sitting in my closet. It is approximately a size 12 and quite long but can be altered to a 10 and shortened. There is also a tulle underskirt that can be either removed or added to depending on what your plans for the dress are. The price is $300.

Bridal show – Ivory and black stripes.

When my Aunty Marg went through her fabric stash and told me I could take what I liked I don’t think she expected this. A black and Ivory stripe taffeta that was so old I could tear it with a pin carefully pleated and sculpted into this amazing dress.

DSC_0815 DSC_0806

I used this dress for the finale of the parade. It worked beautifully with the black sequin bridesmaids. I also had a strapless sequin dress I borrowed back from its owner to use for the maid of honour.

DSC_0820 DSC_0822

388_weddings coast style 2015 393_weddings coast style 2015

The floral crowns were all made by Jill at the Little Bouquet in Merimbula. A tiny little comb held the veil in place and the crown sat over the top. I loved that they were so lush and dramatic, the perfect complement to a dramatic dress.