Design a beautiful tea length bridal gown with a touch of red details. Amanda requested for a gown style that has an element of fairy tale and sophistication that suits her lifestyle and her values.
Total Amount of Fittings:
6 fittings. Each fitting:
45minutes - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Corded lace, Duchess Satin, Tutti-tulle, silk cotton lining.
Tea Length Ballerina
Amanda came in with a few ideas of what she liked. She referenced Kate Middleton’s (Duchess of Cambridge) wedding dress’ sleeves and neckline but explained she wanted a modern ballerina dress at tea length. She also expressed that she wanted to incorporate a little touch of red details in her gown since she plans to wear red shoes with her wedding dress.
First Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
When Amanda came in we sat with her and listened to her needs. She explained the theme of her wedding and her needs. While we did not have the exact dress she wanted in the exact size, we showed her similar necklines and skirts that we have worked on and explained our capabilities.
She understood very early on that what she wanted was a unique request, and that she would need to have it custom made and fitted. After 60% deposit has been paid and her contract signed, her measurements were taken. An appointment was made for the first fitting in the coming weeks.
Photo: Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown.
First Calico fitting. Time: 1hr
At her first calico fitting. A calico bodice is presented to Amanda for a fitting. This helps us get the bodice size and proportion right.
Second Calico fitting. Time: 1hr
Design lines are created to present a flattering neckline. Calico bodice is now joint onto a vintage style circular skirt. Pins were used to create darts. Darts are folded to remove excess fabric. Removing excess fabric with darts help us get closer to Amanda’s true fit, this is more necessary for the bust area. Pencil marks were drawn to demarcate where mesh ends and neckline of bodice begins. Designer Helen Constance lower the waist line to give bride a longer torso, presenting the bride with a longer visual profile. Skirt is slightly longer at the back to give it a formal disposition.
Second fitting - Draw in neckline and lower waist line.
Designer, Helen Constance draping a back bodice to create fit for the back and with pencil - marking in panel line to determine where the mesh would end to create a lower expose back.
Third Calico fitting. Time: 1hr
Mesh have been sewn onto a new draped calico bodice. The depth of the low back is design to enable bride to wear comfortable strapless bra to support bust. The neckline in the front has also been created and mesh joined. The mesh is employed as a foundational fabric which allow the corded lace somewhere to adhere to. Panel lines are once again updated on the torso front and back area to ensure garment is symmetrical when sewn up in main fabric and lace.
Third Fitting - Checking to ensure mesh fits and neckline and back depth is correct.
Fourth fitting. Time:
Sleeves are made up in calico and sewn into the armhole. More darting is removed from the under bust area to create more fit (Seen in the mirror reflection) and support for the bust. Seam lines are updated to create refine symmetrical look for the bodice.
Specially imported corded lace arrived and was presented to Amanda for inspection.
Fifth fitting. Time:
Two weeks before the wedding, you can see that the gown is now sewn up in the lace and the sleeves are put in. The bride has lost more weight, more darting is required at the bust.
You can also see that there are pins near the neckline. Here, the corded lace is appliquéd onto the bodice to create a seamless look for the eye-lashes edged neckline to sit onto the bodice. The lace is hand appliquéd onto the foundational mesh so neckline sits flat onto the décolletage.
Fifth Fitting - Lace Appliqué to seamlessly join lace neckline with bodice.
Photo: The gown is hung up for 24 hours prior to this fitting. This process lets the tulle and skirt hem drop and aid in the pinning process. Hem is pin and ready for trimming the next day with bride present.
Final fitting. Time: 1hr
Final fitting is here. Belt and head piece commissioned to complete the look. As promised a touch of red was incoporated onto the accessories designs to match Amanda’s glamourous red shoes.
Photo: Bride Amanda happy at the final fitting. with her belt.
Photo: Final Fitting - Skirt is joined to the bodice and a thin biased satin waist band is created for a finished look. This cinches the waist, giving the bride a slimming profile. Invisible zip is also inserted at the centre back one week before her wedding, in case bride loses more weight.
Photo: Amanda's Bridal Millinery with a touch of red.
Birdcage veil with ostrich feathers and hand made organdy flowers.
Photo: Amanda Marinos with her Beau on their wedding day.
Amanda Marinos ’s 5 stars Facebook review for WBMS