Friday, 29 March 2013

Ruffles Made Wedding Dress - Our Big Day Part II

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter for me this year day of the long weekend...except for today! So I can finally share with you some lovely pictures from a very fun wedding I attended last the dressmaker! 
Glenn Hawke Photography
Glenn Hawke Photography

So this is a post pretty much highlighting my biggest sewing achievment to date..... 

The first wedding dress that I have ever made. The longest sewing project I have ever embarked on, the most tiring, stressful, and the one with the largest commitment, the most patients and skill....and the most rewarding :-)

Below is a link to the first blog post in this two part series, just giving an overview of the process and construction: Our Big Day - Ruffles Made Wedding Dress Part I

The wedding was last year in November at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. 
I met Samantha at the Sebel Playford Adelaide to dress her before the ceremony. 

Glenn Hawke Photography Ruffles Gazebo
Dressing the bride! Brace yourself as I

Glenn Hawke Photography

You can also read the post about the dress I made to the wedding Burdastyle Vintage Dress 05/2012 and the matching fascinator a super quick sneaky peak

Glenn Hawke Photography
Glenn Hawke Photography
Dressmaker and Bride!

Glenn Hawke Photography
Glenn Hawke Photography

Really hard in a slippery dress!
In between the ceremony and the reception we played old style games in another area of the gardens!

wedding dress lace
Finished front lace work and sleeves
Sweetheart lace close up

Closure with buttons, over the top of corset layer, and with a continuous lace strip over one side fastened with  clear press studs

Ruffles label, and inside label of the names and dates of the bride and groom

inside details

Full dress shot (not very good...) including three pick-ups on the skirt for the reception

 Cheers to everyone for reading!
Enjoy your weekends and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Our Big Day - Ruffles Made Wedding Dress Part I

Hello everyone!
Long time no blog! (Sorry!)

But finally something that is quite motivating to blog about! As its something I've been waiting to be able to do since like....last November!

As a bit of a recap, in late 2011, Sam, a girl i worked with approached me and asked me to make the dress for her big day! After (finally) agreeing, we worked together with the above picture on her dress over the next good part of a year! There were no photos available of the front of the dress, so we designed it together, using lace from her mothers wedding dress to embellish it.
Back design, but no front!
Samantha (aka Bride) has now recievedthe professional photos taken at her wedding! Yayy! I took some at the wedding, but im no pro photographer, and I didnt want to really pull her aside on her big day for my own selfish glory pics haha.

But to begin with! Here are a bunch of progress pics of the dress in the making! Part II will feature the rest :)

The main reason i did not blog much throughout the process was because her fiance had no idea what the dress was going to look like, so I had to keep it on the down low and not leak the design all over the internets :p

Playing with lace placement and chiffon

Her mother made her own wedding dress, and Sam and her other both wanted the lace from the top incorporated into the design. So I cut it all up and trimmed into it and reworked it onto the  bust line of the bodice, and all around the basque. What a horrifying thing it is cutting into someones old wedding dress!
Front fits sooo good with boning!
One of many many toiles!
Matching the skirt panels with the bodice

Consequences of corsetry!
Final fitting with best friend and fiance's mother!
Stay tuned! In the next few days I will upload a blog post with all the amazing pictures from the wedding!

P.s. I have not in anyway missed how frustrating it is to edit a blog post with pictures! GRRRR