Custom Designed Handmade Wedding Dresses

Here are some examples of my work, each a collaboration with a bride who will always have her dress to cherish and perhaps pass on.

 
 
credit: Curtis Rhodes Photography

credit: Curtis Rhodes Photography

Fitted Alencon Lace Gown with Pink Sash

Gown of imported French re-embroidered Alencon lace.  The lace is hand-pieced to eliminate seams, allowing the floral pattern to continue uninterrupted.

The gown is fitted through the hips and then trumpets to a cathedral train.  The bride wears a bias cut slip of silk charmeuse, cut low in back, with miniscule straps.  The peach silk underneath warms up the white of the lace.

 
 

Civil War Reproduction Gown

White Silk Taffeta Civil War Reproduction Wedding Dress with an authentic period corset built in.  Laced back, off the shoulder, with puffed sleeves.  Delicate lace trim.  The dress is based on a gown in Janet Arnold's book, Patterns of Fashion 2.

The bride and groom are both Civil War re-enactors and many of their friends also wore period clothing to the ceremony.

 
 
 credit: two of us photography

 credit: two of us photography

Slinky Bias Cut Charmeuse Gown

Fashion-forward Nicola chose a subtle silver charmeuse for her wedding gown.  Two layers of this luxurious French silk hug the bride's curves.  The subtle shade of silver glowed  on a rainy day.  The  gown, with a deep v-neck in front and cut to the waist in back, has thin straps which cross in the back.  The chapel train bustles easily without interrupting the columnar silhouette.

 
credit: Jeff Woodward Photography

credit: Jeff Woodward Photography

Sixty Yards of Silk Organza

 Loretta's gown  features a playful skirt made from sixty yards of soft silk organza.  The fabric is weightless and flows effortlessly with the bride. The cathedral train hooks up to the waist, adding layers to the skirt for the reception.  

The bodice is French Alencon lace, hand-pieced so there are no visible seams.

 

 

Delicately Embroidered Netting

Diana drew a sketch of exactly what she wanted in a gown.  I merely executed the design.  We sourced the lace together,  tulle with delicate embroidery and tiny pearls - just enough to make it special without glaring in the sun.  A taffeta underdress give the A-line gown its shape and the chapel length train bustles up easily.  This subtle dress was perfect for an outdoor wedding in Vermont.

 

 
credit: Colette Kulig photography

credit: Colette Kulig photography

 

Embroidered Netting Scattered with 3-D Flowers

Samantha's strapless gown is imported netting embroidered and appliqued with three-dimensional flowers.  She wore an off-the-shoulder bolero for the wedding ceremony and removed it for her reception.  A four-ply crepe dress underneath gives body to the diaphanous netting.  We knew we couldn't use a traditional bridal lace for Samantha, a former circus clown and division one basketball player.  It took four weeks, but I think we found the right fabric for her ski resort wedding

 
credit: Tanya Tribble

credit: Tanya Tribble

Alencon A-Line Gown with Cathedral Train

Alencon lace imported from France and a silk taffeta slip to add body to the gown. The lace is hand-pieced to eliminate seams, allowing the floral pattern to continue uninterrupted.  This bride chose a sweetheart neckline.  The A-line skirt extends to a cathedral train which bustles up for the reception.

The ivory slip makes the pattern of the lace stand out and the light sash echoes the color of the slip.

 
credit: Jason Johns Photography

credit: Jason Johns Photography

 

Guipure Lace Strapless Gown with Red Sash

Alison's Guipure lace gown has a pattern of leaves, perfect for a late summer Vermont wedding.  The lace is hand-pieced so there are no visible seams on the dress.

The strapless gown has a crimson sash which ties in back and falls the full length of the chapel train.  The sash matches the bride's shoes and the couple's car.  We considered a red lining, but it detracted from the lace, while the pink makes the lace pattern pop.

 

 
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Three Pieces :Lace, Satin, and Chiffon

Krisztina chose to have her wedding outfit made in three pieces.  The Alencon lace jacket made her feel like a bride and she can wear the satin bustier and chiffon full skirt over again when she performs as a violinist  The lace and chiffon worked well to complement Krisztina's diminutive figure.  And silk chiffon is lovely for an outdoor ceremony, fluttering if there's a breeze and not glaring in the sun.