I've been making wedding dresses for a little over 10 years. Thought I'd share a little about the process of making my own.
I started as many people do, by collecting images on a Pinterest board. You will see that lace, volume and an undone look feature. A wedding of two designers, we care about aesthetics, but we were not going to have a fussy wedding! It's just not our style. Craft was banned (late nights glueing or tying ribbons hold no appeal). Twee poems also banned (you know the ones I mean). Our wedding reception was by the ocean and I wanted the dresses to reflect the location, without being too literal! When I suggested a mermaid look, one bridesmaid asked if she'd have to wear a clamshell bra! That would be an interesting look! Instead, I used silk georgette in seafoam green and dyed the hems with a subtle blue ombre dip.
For my own dress, the elements I wanted to include were; low back, lace and seamlines reminiscent of 1930's glamour, a period I have always loved. Oh, and silk. That goes without saying. Many of the dresses I have made for other brides have had a hem that dips lower at the back to make a small train, which is quite elegant. But when it came to making my own dress, I realised I wanted a dress I could move in and not be concerned about a little trail following me around, or a swathe of fabric bundled up at my behind.
So, was it a success? I'd say so, yes. The dresses fulfilled their role in being comfortable and glamourous all at once. Mostly, we managed to avoid craft. And I have a wonderful husband. What more could I want?
To see photos of our wedding day, see the album on Ampersander Facebook page.
To see some of the wedding and bridesmaid dresses I've made previously, visit ampersander.com
To enquire about a dress for yourself, get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org