This is Roxy. Her wedding dress was a project and a half and I enjoyed every second of it! When she first asked me to do her dress she wasn't quite sure what she wanted. She knew that she wanted a splash of color and a mermaid silhouette. I suggested she go try on a few gowns for ideas. She came back to me with several pics of different gowns she liked and what do you know, the one she liked most was BY FAR the most complicated and intricate gown in the bunch. Don't worry, I didn't get discourage. I actually got excited for the challenge. Some of the challenges included but were not limited to: a really crazy, criss-cross, pleated lattice pattern throughout the entire bodice-fitted through the hip, my first ombre dye project-ivory faded to a nice champagne/gold color, and a really intense ruffle job for the skirt. Without further ado, here are some shots from Roxy's big day!
I think Roxy wore this dress really well. Its A LOT of dress and for a minute, I was worried it was over designed. I really didn't want the dress to overpower her. But as you can see in the pics, she looks stunning and her personality definitely shines through. The bride wore the dress, not the other way around.
These last pics are just some detail shots that my friend took for me before I sent the dress off to get married. Yes, I did this all by hand, and yes is was not easy, and yes I am amazing.
I think my favorite detail of this dress is the raw edge finish on all of the ruffles. This finish technique is done by cutting all the ruffles on the bias (diagonally across the fabric) and then fraying them by hand. Because of the way they are cut, the ruffles don't continue to fray and it makes for a really organic and natural look. Man, that was a lot of ruffles. Also, did I mention that I dyed all the fabric myself? Well I did.... with the help of some early grey tea, of course