A simple, all-over lace, strapless dress.
Haley came to me with her idea ready to go. The day we met I knew I was going to love working with her because there is nothing easier than working with someone who knows exactly what they want! She knew she wanted a strapless, all-over lace dress, similar to one she tried on at a boutique. The first order of business (which is what I thought would be the most difficult part of the dress) was finding the perfect lace. Haley traveled up to Portland's Mill End Store and found her lace!
Once the lace was purchase and cleaned (it had a few marks) I began cutting out the complicated pieces. Haley's dress looks simple but was anything but simple. When you have such large lace it's similar to putting a puzzle together when sewing the pieces. The goal of the dress is to look flawless without seams cutting off the shapes of the lace, and it's quite the challenge!
Luckily, I love a challenge and we had enough lace to work with!
Having a strapless dress custom made requires numerous fittings and Haley was a joy to spend time with. She would ride up to my house on her bike looking like the quintessential northwest girl full of smiles and ready to stand for her (sometimes very long) fittings.
Below are a few pictures of her 'final fittings' in my home before she left with the dress. I shot these right from my iPhone...It was bittersweet saying good bye to her and her amazing dress! In the end, I loved the challenge of her fabric and if you look carefully the hem is my finest achievement...there are at least 8 hours of hand sewing (while 24 weeks pregnant) in that hem!
Haley got married outside August 22, 2015 and I teared up when I saw her wedding photos. Enjoy a few of my favorite shots from her extremely talented wedding photographer, Ali Smith of Thistledown Photography.
Haley, thank you so much for letting me create your wedding gown!