It was such a dream to design a dress for Jade. She came to me with ideas and I managed to piece together the final design. Jade’s key focal points were “eco” “vegan” “boho,” and combining these words with some pictures and sketches, we both came up with this amazing dress.
Let’s talk about the dress.
A fabric that looks and feels like silk but actually isn’t. This dress is made from a mix of recycled cotton linters of fabric, i.e waste from the cotton spinning with a GRS certificate (global recycled standard) and acetate which has a FSC declaration (forest stewardship council), it is produced in a way to protect woods and forests. On top of this, the fabric is purchased from a British company, so therefore reducing the mileage and carbon footprint. The dress is also lined with a lustrous bamboo for that extra comfort. There is an argument whether Bamboo is eco-friendly, it definitely has its advantages, it takes less water than cotton, it absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen, it’s biodegradable and the list goes on. So for me it is a winning fabric and very soft to wear, that’s why I love it so much!
The Sketch to Bride Service.
Jade arrived with some ideas that she had seen but she couldn’t quite nail the exact dress or find it anywhere in the shops. We worked together on different parts of the dress, starting with the bell sleeves that she liked and the low back. I showed her something similar to what I had in my studio. Jade tried a few of my samples on, especially one with a low back and a skirt that was fitted around the hips but then flared a little, which she liked. We then discussed the front of the dress and she mentioned a v-neck line with a waistband meeting the top of the neck line. I sketched some ideas and voila her dress was on paper ready to be made into a toile!
After the first consultation, where we designed the dress, tried a few samples on, discussed fabric choices. The next appointment is the toile fitting. This is where we make any adjustments to the shape and style. We also get to decide on the fabric choice after looking through my eco collection we discussed whether we wanted something flowy, shiny, matt, lace etc. Some brides like to take a few large samples of fabric home so they can have more time to think about which one they like the best. Which is fine if we aren’t in a short time frame to complete the dress.
Now we get to see Patrick Partridege’s pictures of Jade and Simon’s wedding day in her bespoke wedding dress made by me.
It was such a pleasure to make this dress, I loved all the details, the fabric choices, the style and of course the striking back. If anyone is stuck on their ideal dress then please head to my studio in Buckinghamshire, I will take the design process from step to step, with attention to detail, love and care.
Love Jess x
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