Nice Day For A White Wedding

0 Posted by - June 27, 2012 - Weddings


irish-wedding-couple-in-church-entranceIt’s wedding season again so I thought I’d join in and show you a beaded wedding dress I was commissioned to design. I was just as excited as the couple by the time the big day arrived.
I met Natalie, the bride, early on and talked about everything we liked and disliked. I also got her to try on different wedding styles we liked and didn’t like as you don’t know what suits until you try it on. (Plus trying on a few meringues is fun too)

On our next meeting I had illustrations and fabric ideas to show. The below sketch is the one that stood out.

Next was the pattern drafting and constructing a mock up of the dress. Numerous fitting and fine tunings were made until we were both happy.

*A quick tip to all future brides – please purchase and wear your wedding day underwear, Spanx or any other foundation garments for every fitting of your dress. Foundation garments can radically change your shape which leads to alterations of the dress in order to fit perfectly. And that’s the last thing you want running up to your wedding day.

As you can see from the finished piece compared to the illustration, we narrowed the skirt shape from full to fishtail in order to highlight her hourglass figure.

The draping on the sides of the skirt gave a sort of Jane Austen feel, of which Natalie was a fan.

The beaded hem was manipulated in order the follow the fishtail hem.

* Another tip for brides with beaded dresses – don’t hang the dress on a hanger as the beaded layer will grow from the weight of the beads.

I also used the other end of the beaded trim to frame the neckline and the sleeves. Most photos of the bride would be from the waist up so it pays off to add detail to the bodice.


The hand covered buttons added an elegant finish and matched the embroidery detail.


And finally, I added inner buttons to tie up the hem leaving the bride free to dance the night away.


If you would like your own custom made wedding dress, e-mail me at
mairead <a> for more details.