Sunday, 24 November 2013

Inside the costume design rooms for Strictly Come Dancing

Vicky Gill designs the costumes we see on the Strictly Come Dancing shows. She has a background both in fashion and dance Costuming. Her clients have included girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. However in the last ten years she has been involved in the costuming for Strictly,which takes her through from August to December each year.
Let's take a look as to how it works .

Vicky works the sketches of ideas.
 Once the shows are under way it is totally Full On, with up to 14 new sets of costumes per week.
Sketch with an idea of how Abbey dress was to look, high collared neckline going into a back less dress, but it eventually had sleeves too.
Sketch with an idea for one of the costumes
The dummies taped with padding to replicate the dancers body shape to help with fittings
The sewing room, there are loads of workers behind the scenes.

The pattern cutter in action.
The fabric being cut out in shapes to make up the garments
One of the many stitchers sewing at her machine.

The garment being pinned on the dummy to see how it is shaping up

The skirt and waistband being added

The many many layers of tulle being trimmed into shape.

Embroidery details with bead work being added to the dress

Lots and lots of sparkly beads being glued into position.

A close up of the beads being added as quickly as possible. They put glue on a wooden stick and them lift the bead up and present onto the dress

The finished effect

Sophie's dress for the Rumba, with sleeves and high neckline, but low "V" back.
She is well covered up but is very alluring with see through effects over the flesh tone dress with all it beading

A close up of the neckline of Orla's dress for the waltz.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Save the Date

Special invite to all my clients, "Old and New, borrowed and Blue", bring a friend for a friendly chat and a catch up. Please RSVP if you would like to come to my email address

Friday, 8 November 2013

My Facebook page!!

Oh, I am not having much luck at doing my Facebook page. I have cut the poor girls feet off. So I thought I would rectify the problem by putting the whole  photo of my blog page.
That's better!

Thinking about feet, time to get your party shoes out!
 If you need your wedding shoes dyed to match your party dress you know where to bring them.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Joanne Ferguson Bridal finally joins Facebook.

I have finally joined Facebook but not sure that I can keep up with you all. I feel like posting just go to my Blog and you can find out more!! Maybe that is what I will end up doing.
Post a picture
and then say find out more about it on my blog, I don't think Facebook would like that!! I think their whole aim is to get us all chatting and then make us watch the adverts in the side columns.
However I have to say it is lovely to hear from old friends and "old " brides. ( U R an old bride even if U R 21 only because you are now married)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Bridal garters

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Brides wear garters on their wedding day as part of a long held tradition. 
In the old days, the bride and groom had to prove they had consummated the marriage. The guests would follow them to their room after the wedding to witness the consummation. 
The groom would throw out the garter as part of that tradition. Today the garter still seems as popular as ever. 
 From narrow 1" deep garters to 3" deep, usually with a hint of blue or even a hint of the bridesmaids colour.
It's time I made some new ones as at present we have little stock left. I will up date you when I have some new one made.