My Handmade Wedding Dresses!

Hi guys! I’ve been holding off on writing this post because I was waiting for our official photos to come through, and wow, they are fab! They’ve bought all of the wonderful memories of that day flooding back.

So I already went into detail about all the wonderful handcrafted elements of our wedding which everybody contributed to make the day really special in my last post.

Now I’m going to get onto the important stuff… The dresses!

The bridesmaids dresses

The beautiful print was designed by my talented bridesmaid Chloe. I sent her some inspiration and she created the perfect print to bring all the colours together. I love the digital floral which looks modern with a classic and simple silhouette.

The dresses were fit and flare style with cap sleeves and full pleated skirts. Modern and elegant but fun too.

I wanted a style that everyone would feel comfortable in and they all looked amazing!

The waistcoats

Matt chose the fabric for the waistcoats from the fancy silk store in Birmingham. I was looking at more traditional cream and gold jacquards but I love the colour he picked out! I pull everything together so well!

He helped cut out some of the waistcoats and mum and I made them up.

The trickiest but was creating the bound buttonholes and self covered buttons but I’m so glad the persevered as they were the perfect finishing touch!

The accessories

Tracy Corns, one of our tutors at Crafty and a good friend, made me this gorgeous clutch bag using the waistcoat fabric which I’ll put a pic in of later in this post.

Inspired by this, I made a little simple clutch for my mum too.

My Thursday registry office wedding dress

I made a vintage style dress for my registry office ceremony using a vintage pattern for the first time ever!

As I have heard horror stories about the fit of vintage patterns, I made a toile in calico in a similar weight to the brocade fabric I was using fro my finished dress and I was hugely surprised it actually fit pretty well with very few alterations.

We had had the brocade fabric in the Crafty Sew&So shop for some time and I’d grown more and more fond of it.

Then when I saw this Dolce &Gabbana fess in the Harrod’s window at Christmas I knew it was perfect!

It’s got sweet little flowers and a late 1950s feel which was perfect for this style and the occasion. Elegant, formal but fun and a bit glam!

I paired it with shoes and a gorgeous vintage style headband from Rainbow Club.

I got some pretty and simple jewellery from Accessorize and went for pretty pale gold and glitter nails.

I did my own hair- and taught myself how to backcomb!

My Saturday reception wedding dress

I decided not to make my own wedding dress for a few very good reasons …

I knew in the run up to the wedding I wanted to spend time with my long suffering fiancé. If I decided to make a traditional wedding dress with multiple layers and formal structure I’d be cooped up in my craft room for several months beforehand. So this thought played a big part in my decision not to make my wedding dress for the Saturday.

I’m so glad I made the right decision. Matt and I enjoyed planning the graphics for the wedding including the save the dates, invites, thankyou cards for the gifts for bridesmaids and mothers (more on those later) and gifts for the groomsmen. We enjoyed designing special touches that we wouldn’t have had time for if I had been squirrelling away on a complicated dress.

Another factor for my decision was that I also struggled to find good quality silk, and when I did from The Silk Route, it was at the pricey end of the scale, not overpriced as I feel it’s very good value for the quality but it would have really stretched our already tight budget. So when I came across a pre-loved pure silk dress in the Loros bridal boutique in Leicester I had to try it on- even if I just used the fabric it was a great buy! And it fit beautifully! So for £100- which of course went to a fantastically worthy cause- I got around 4 metres of silk and beautiful lace!

I actually decided not to make too many alterations.

The dress had a pleated skirt which what I’d wanted in the first place.

I wasn’t sure about lace but it was really pretty and just enough.

The dress also had a belt. I took off the fussy bow and lace appliqué leaving a beautiful silk-ribbon-adorned removable belt.

I’d seen a dress covered I embroidery which I loved but I knew it was just beyond my skill set! I was nervous about adding embroidery directly onto the dress as I’ve not have much experience, So I made a bow and ties from matching ivory raw silk. I embroidered one of the ties and mum embroidery the other, it was lovely to have us both contribute our time to this.

I backed the ties with corn yellow raw silk which matched the waistcoats and I sent a swatch of this to when I sent off my Rainbow Club shoes to be dyed to match.

Tracy, one of our shop tutors, made me a gorgeous bag using fabric from the waistcoats. I love the gold bag clasp!

I could drivel on and on about much more of the detail of our fantastic day but I think that’ll do for this post! If you want to hear even more about the wedding I’ve posted a vlog up on the Crafty YouTube Channel. So take a look 😊

One thought on “My Handmade Wedding Dresses!

  1. mumjane says:

    This is a lovely record of the designs and creation of the wedding clothing and accessories. xx


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