Though her business now specialises in producing a range of quality baby bibs and accessories, designer Alison Withell shows that her talent for dressmaking has not diminished in the slightest, with the creation of this stunning wedding dress. The gown, along with those of the bridesmaids, was skillfully designed and made using wedding dress material proudly supplied by Platinum Bridal Fabrics.
Alison found our website through a Google search and was immediately impressed by the broad scope of designs on offer. She took advantage of our ‘Free Sample’ service to order generously-sized swatches of the shortlisted materials, enjoying our ‘fast and efficient’ service.
For the bridesmaids dresses, Alison chose to use Colette lace. This is a gorgeous aqua-coloured material and has been fabricated onto a soft tulle. Light aqua yarn is then used to create a connected floral motif which has a distinct old-fashioned look to it. So as not to upstage the bride, this relatively plain and simple design, - which features minimal subtle embellishment - was chosen to provide the stunning backdrop for the bride herself.
The Wedding Dress was created with a body of Ivory Duchess Satin, which worked extremely well in combination with the bridesmaids’ dresses. A lace bodice was formed using Angelica ivory lace, which suited the bride’s request for a soft corded lace with beads and sequins providing embellishment. Alison skillfully cut away both scalloped and fringed symmetrical edges and resewed them around the bottom of the dress, using the remainder for the rest of the dress.
Once the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses were completed, they were presented to the relevant people, each of whom was majorly impressed with the result. The dresses were ‘very popular with all the girls’ and were a total, unmitigated success on the big day.
After many years of dressmaking, Alison's business has also moved on to smaller garments and she now specialises in baby bibs in a great range of fabric designs sold from her website www.dribblebuster.co.uk
We would like to thank Alison for sending in these wonderful photographs of her skilled handiwork. If you would like to send in your own photos and stories, please do so today and you could soon feature in your very own bridal news article!