One favourite custom-made wedding dress from 2015
Another personal highlight from this past year has to be this little ‘steampunk fairy’ wedding dress. When Carolyn came to visit me at first, she had a very clear vision of what she wanted her wedding and her dress to look like. Steampunk was to be the theme of the day and the whole wedding party would be kitted out accordingly. (For those of you who are unaware of the term ‘steampunk’, think Victorian, industrial revolution style meets fantasy, sci-fi!)
For her bridal wear, Carolyn wanted her dress to be like a fairy, but not the sugarplum variety! This particular fairy, on her fantasy flight through the steampunk world, would collide with bushes, flowers and other various objects. The resulting dress would be shabby-chic, using a variety of colours, fabrics and details of flowers and leaves. Industrial cogs, buttons and keys would also be woven throughout the dress. After a few sketches we settled on a final design and then it was on to the making process.
Carolyn’s wedding dress was brought together nicely by the addition of her jewellery, hand made by Kirsty McGowan, and also a cracking set of wings! Kirsty also kindly provided some flowers that were used in the detail. I have to say, I had a lot of fun working on this dress. It was so unique and really caused me to think creatively. The style was so interesting, but most importantly, it reflected the bride and groom’s personalities perfectly. Well done to Carolyn on her amazing vision. It looked like an amazing day.
(Spot Hilda, Carolyn’s mum-in-law,
Bespoke Wedding Dress: Last Year’s Highlights
Looking back on the dresses I have had the pleasure of making this past year, there are some that definitely stand out for me, for various reasons. Here is the beautiful and classy Rachel in her tartan and lace full-bodied bespoke wedding dress.
With the majority of wedding dresses I work on, the design process is usually a collaboration of ideas from myself and the bride. Rachel is a costume and set designer in London and she had amazing ideas herself. The design of this dress was mainly her idea and the result, I think, was awesome!
The tartan used here is from the Isle of Man and can only be sourced from a wooden mill on the island (where Rachel is originally from) and so this dress seemed, not only totally unique, but also very personal to her. This, coupled with the fact that her and her sisters were super nice, made it a very special piece to work on!
Photos courtesy of Photos By Zoe
Bespoke Wedding Dress Inspiration
Well it has taken me a ridiculously long time, but I am finally prioritising some blogs into my work schedule. I thought I’d squeeze this one in before baby 3 comes along!
And what better way to start than with the way I also start my design process – with some inspiration! As a bespoke dress designer, the majority of the dresses I work on are developed from a starting theme or inspiration that brides have thought about before we meet. Sometimes though, I will spot something that sets my mind to thinking of how I could incorporate that particular thing into a dress design. This could be anything from the colours of the sky, to a fabric pattern, or even current fashion. A point to note though, when taking inspiration from current fashion, care must be taken not to simply copy a current dress. That’s just stealing!
I hope to bring you a series of blogs with some examples of things that have inspired me and the design ideas that my little brain has come up with.
This first one is from a little necklace holder I have in the shape and style of a mannequin. The lace used as a feature on the body looks oversized (due to the size of the body itself).
I thought this could make a pretty cool feature on a life sized dress, so here’s a quick sketch I drew up with an idea of what this could look like.
I wanted to make a prominent feature of the giant lace so I kept the cut and the neckline pretty simple. Not willing to settle for anything too plain, however, I thought why not mix things up a bit around the hem line with an asymmetrical chiffon to show a little bit of leg?!
I’d love to explore this design further so if anyone fancies something along these lines for your own wedding, let me know and we can chat over a coffee!
Bespoke Wedding Dresses Glasgow
I’ve been making dresses for years, it’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I’m so excited to now launch Bespoke by Bec, my new business specialising in creating custom-made bespoke wedding dresses! Glasgow based, I’ll be catering for brides who are looking for something different, something unique. I’m also excited to be offering a different experience to buying your wedding dress from a bridal boutique. By having a bespoke wedding dress you get to participate in the design and creation of your very own dream wedding dress.
Sitting down with someone to start their design is my favourite part of the process. It’s great to see the excitement as the dress starts to take shape on the page, although nothing compares to the moment you see your wedding dress completed for the first time!
I look forward to updating you all on the new dresses that I’m working on!