When Holly brought her wedding gown to me, I knew one thing about her right away, this was a woman who loves sparkle. It was a gorgeous, trumpet style lace and tulle gown by Maggie Sottero. It was lovely the way the Holly purchased it, but she wanted something more unique and originally her.
We decided to make a few changes to make the dress Holly's perfect vision of a wedding gown. First, she wanted the existing halter strap changed to standard straps that went straight back. Next she preferred the romantic look of the corset back to that of a more formal looking buttoned up back. Finally, she wanted to add a bit of color, nothing too bold, just a touch to really highlight the lace and bead work on the skirt of the dress and coordinate with her fiancé's suit.
I got to work. Here is the gown before we started:
First, Holly chose what she wanted to use for straps, (some amazing rhinestone banding) and color (taupe and champagne chiffon and tulle). Also, the champagne fabric had more beads on it. Did I mention that Holly likes sparkle?
Next I added the colored layers into the existing layers of dress, it looked a bit silly while I did it, but trust me, Holly didn't have to wear it like this...
Next came the corset. I removed the zipper, buttons and loops. Holly opted for Champagne colored grosgrain loops and ribbon for the corset. Originally, the loops were placed 2" apart, but due to the amount that the bodice pulled around Holly, we decided to add in more loops making then only 1" apart. It can be seen both ways throughout the pictures depending on when the photo was taken.
Then it was time for those amaze-sauce rhinestone straps! The original halter strap was tulle with some lace on it. We decided that a gradual switch from the tulle and lace into the rhinestones would look pretty swank, so I made that happen, though I never got a good picture of the front of the straps completed:
Here are a few more pics of the dress during the process and fitting:
A few adjustments for fit and Holly was ready to get away to Vermont, to the picturesque Williams River House.
Isn't she stunning!? Holly would have been a lovely bride in the dress as it originally was, but with a little bit of time and effort, the dress was not only perfect, but perfectly her!
Join me in congratulating Holly and Ryan!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!