DRESS REDESIGN: Behind the scenes
I’m beginning this blog post with two images of the finished product of a summer re-design of a strapless bridal gown.
On this occasion, the bride contacted me earlier on in 2018 querying about a redesign of her original dress purchased 11 years ago. The dress was in amazing condition and it was such a lovely project to be involved in.
My client wanted some extra cover for her shoulders and upper arms. With many different options, including adding a separate bridal top, creating a bolero shape or straps – we went for thick straps, sewn into the dress. After a mood board was created and sketches were drawn, I went on to find a complimentary lace. This lace would have to work well with the existing lace on the original dress, without taking too much attention away from the dress itself. Adding these thick straps was the best option – they blended seamlessly as possible into the neckline.
With many fabric suppliers to hand, it was a case of communicating with them and ordering some samples for our midway fitting for the bride to see. We went for an ivory lace with a thick cording. It was a perfect complimentary match!
The next step was to hand sew the lace onto the tulle straps, as well as beading the lace to work with the detail on the bodice.
We love the look of this dress and can’t believe the transformation it has made! The remaining alterations on this dress was adding a corset lace-up back, which really adds to the detail.
I’ve also decided to add this slight dress redesign all the way from summer (please see below). My client brought to Georgina Louise this glamorous dress, ready to wear for her prom. After our initial meeting, we worked together to remove the train to allow the wearer to move more freely but also to give a different look to this dress. We think the transformation looks lovely! Each row of beading was carefully removed to take off the train, and also the fabric underneath to be shortened to match.
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