Friday, 19 October 2018

Some of my favourites for Brides at the moment 

I love to make the brides that come to me smile. This bride made me smile when she sent me this photo. When she first came to me she was so worried and shy about being a bride. Months of preparation and look, just look at that smile. The power of a look that gives you confidence and makes you glow on your wedding day!!!!

Sleeves are big on trend at the moment I have a fabulous set of sleeves going out next week, hope the bride loves them as much as I do. 

Hair vines with leaves and simplicity just the order of the day in a gold or a rose gold. More to come on this idea. 

Bridesmaids I love something unique and personal that just makes your wedding a bit different and something that follows the flavour of the bride. Pale dove grey to a hint of lavenderandrose seem to be my favourite tone at the moment. I have enjoyed using these tones in my shop window at present. 

All this talk of babies seems to be affecting me. I love making my flowergirls to match the whole ensemble but you can never really start flowergirls until closer to the wedding. Also I have been thinking would you fancy classes to teach you how to sew little ones dresses?? Let me know your thoughts. Jo

Friday, 12 October 2018

Eugenie and Jack's Wedding

Seems like they are such a lovely couple, both with enormous kind hearts when you hear them interviewed. They seem so in love and so natural. 

That warm friendly feeling is everywhere as we see the Autumnal theme in the flowers. 

It's a strict dress code, morning suits and hats. The guests have started to arrive. Some are already inside sitting in wait for the proceedings. Pixie Lott was the first to catch my eye. 


The William's ready to leave, the daughter Theodora one of the bridesmaids. 


Outside Windsor Castle the wind is whipping up and the hats are literally flying!!! Not Holly she seems to not have one!!

A quick sketch of MOB & Princess Beatrice. 

Fergie in emerald green and Beatrice in french navy R&R with a bee brooch as a mood to her Mum and Dad's wedding emblem 

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos founded the London-based label, Peter Pilotto in 2017.


The fashion brand is known for their modern and feminine designs, intricately fabricating dresses in classic silhouette shapes.


She met the brand designers when she co-hosted an event in support of women artists, and has been a fan of the brand ever since.


She has notably worn several of their pieces throughout the years, and worked with the designers to create her own bespoke wedding dress.


The designers, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos, studied Royal Wedding dresses throughout the years to perfect the dress to silhouette of the dress.


The fit of the dress and how it showed off her figure was stunning. I loved the Celtic feel and the emerald tiara, the ratings were a present from Jack.  No veil!! Well that had been considered. 

Ahead of the royal wedding, Princess Eugenie revealed that her dress might show off her back scars from the scoliosis surgery she underwent when she was 8. The royal is an outspoken advocate for scoliosis awareness and recently posted X-rays on her instagram to share her journey with the disease.

Like Meghan Markle and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie is likely to unveil another reception dress later today. 

Eugenie’s decision to opt for a British designer to make her stunning outfit follows in the footsteps of her mother, Sarah Ferguson, whose dress was designed by Lindka Cierach, British couturier and fashion designer. 


I think this is one of my favourite photos of the bride!! I look forward to learning more about the design in the bespoke fabric. 

Fergie's flamboyant gown was made from ivory duchesse satin and heavily beaded, especially over the bodice, with symbols including hearts to represent love and waves, a homage to Prince Andrew’s career in sailing.


The perfect couple, truly in love with dreams for their future together, cheers! Tequila time!! But I must go and sew!!!

More photos from the day. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Are you ready for another Royal Wedding?

We all remember what she wore at Prince William and Kate's wedding!

She says the moment they announced her engagement she knew which designer she was going to to especially design her wedding dress. 

This was what she chose for her engagement photos. 

And below is what she wore this year for Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding. 


This next dress is one of my favourites that she wore with beautiful embroidery on layers of lace and tulle. 

I'm excited as I think she will dare to be different and chose something to reflect her personality. I can't wait to see what she has chosen. 

We know who's doing the cake, and we know who's singing but we haven't discovered who's done the wedding ensemble. Can't imagine I will get much sewing done this weekend as I watch the story unfold!!! 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Silk Road Adenture

What a fabulous programme with Joanna Lumey telling us of her epic, dreamy journey along the ancient trading route. If you haven't been watching it's worth catching up on. 

Sadly some of our Silk Firms that I have got off for years seem to be having to turn their attention to faux silk fabrics and stretchy fabrics to satisfy today's market. There's a fabulous feel and quality when I'm lucky enough to get to use it for my bride's dresses. Silk is actually the most crease resistant natural fabric and can be used with good old Ulster Linen to stop it from creasing as much. 

This time of year we have shows to keep us up to date with the latest trends in fabric from the most classic  of fabrics and laces to the most daring for those who want something different.  As with everything in life you get better quality the more you pay and so we have to cut the cloth to suit the budget. 

While I'm away to find out more, check out the way a silk worm works to produce the finest fabric. It live's off the Mulberry tree it's staple diet, nothing but the best to produce the best. 






Sunday, 16 September 2018

Latest news from the Bridal Industry of Trends for 2019

Start to consider main aspects you may want in your dress: do you want a dramatic backless dress or an elegant long-sleeved number? Do envisage yourself in a princess style ball gown or a fitted mermaid style? Whether you’re a sophisticated and romantic bride looking for something classic, a bohemian bride looking for a relaxed and whimsical look or a vintage bride who loves all things retro,you’re sure to find your perfect wedding gown in our wedding dress finder,that suits both your style and body type. 
Well it seems that embroidery and lace detail are still big on trend. While layers of femininity exude, trousers and even shorts have hit the catwalk and the rails. After seeing the wedding look for Charia Ferragni it didn't take long bridal designers to reproduce the notion.



Detail, lace with insets of insert geometric patterns are big on trend highlighting the female shape. From big circular skirts with pockets to fit and flare to show off your figure choose what suits you.