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Case study:

Erica's Custom Gown

Erica's gown, where do I start? She is a living Snow Queen, so her gown was fitting!

The bodice I constructed with an illusion tulle boned lining under a beaded lace off shoulder bodice with a nude illusion tulle yoke to ensure the off shoulder lace and very low back detail stayed in place, originally we planned an regular sleeve. Erica wanted the sleeve and body of the gown skin light and the centre back clean so I inserted a side zipper and also a lightweight zipper into the underarm seam of the sleeve - getting into this gown required my assistance!

For the skirt Erica wanted a very dramatic train "like Kate's!" but it needed to be bustled so I made a train in a length that would bustle without being too cumbersome and for some extra length I added a snapped on extra 24". I made a detachable petticoat skirt that would give the unbustled skirt drama but could be taken out for bustling so to eliminate bulk. The skirt is a dramatic fishtail silhouette with several layers of tulle, it is appliquéd with French lace and Italian sequined embroidery that glistened in the light!

Erica's look was finished with a blusher cathedral veil trimmed with French lace.


I was stunned to receive an illustration of Erica's gown as a gift from her - a beautiful token that hangs in the studio!

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