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Pearl Bespoke Dressmakers


Ellie’s elegant wedding dress with beaded top and full, floaty silk skirt.

Ellie brought quite a few ideas to the table. She was getting married in Italy and so wanted something light and floaty that would keep her cool on her wedding day. She’d seen a few things that she really loved and couldn’t work out whether she could have them all in one dress. We sat down together and we pulled out some of the key design elements that she liked from each of her inspiration images.

I drew up some designs based on what we had talked about with a few different top options and a couple of different skirt options. One with a full skirt and one with more of a fitted fishtail skirt, but both with a split.

In the end she went with the full skirt and as we started looking for fabrics for the top she said she wanted something with a bit of sparkle and maybe a bit of a soft mocha or gold colour, so I scoured the treasure troves in the Berwick Street Fabric shops and found several suggestions that would have worked:

In the end Ellie chose an Ivory iridescent beaded silk fabric with a 1920’s esque loopy pattern on it, which draped perfectly to produce the slouchy top she wanted.

Finished off with a waistband with a droopy bow at the back this dress couldn’t have suited her more.

Photographed by the wonderful Roberta De Min


Ellie's Ivory Beaded and Silk Georgette wedding dress. Low back with a silk crepe bow. Pearl Bespoke Dressmakers London

Ellie’s Ivory Beaded and Silk Georgette wedding dress. Low back with a silk crepe bow. split. Pearl Bespoke Dressmakers London

Ellie's Ivory Beaded and Silk Georgette wedding dress. Low back with a silk crepe bow. Pearl Bespoke Dressmakers London

Ellie’s Ivory Beaded and Silk Georgette wedding dress. Low back with a silk crepe bow. Close up of Beading. Pearl Bespoke Dressmakers London

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Beth’s 1920s Inspired Wedding Dress

Beth’s bohemian 1920s inspired wedding dress was great fun to make. Beth and Lawrence are friends from school days and they wanted all of the people around them to be involved in making their wedding day happen, so she asked me whether I would make her dress for her.

Made from vintage Battenburg lace table cloth for the detailing on the drop waist, a beautiful silk chiffon in a warm vintage colour that I liked to call biscuit for the skirt and sumptuous silk crepe with a beautiful drape for the top.

She wanted the whole dress loose and comfortable with a swishy skirt that would be loads of fun for floating about and dancing in, just off the floor so it would be suitable for their outdoors, festival-style wedding. The low, slouchy back was a must.

She also asked me to make some turquoise sashes for her silver bridesmaids dresses to go along in the 1920s vein.

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1930’s Bridesmaid Dresses

I met Vicky on set in the first series of Downton Abbey. We were both playing housemaids and had lots of fun on set together. I was just starting out with the bespoke dressmaking business at the time and would spend the time in between shooting scenes drawing up designs, trawling the web for suitable fabrics and designing the website. Perhaps that’s where my love of vintage inspired dresses came from as we were surrounded by absolutely beautiful hand made 1910’s and later 1920’s costumes worn by Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil.

When she got engaged Vicky asked me if I could make her Bridesmaid dresses. She wanted Royal Blue satin in a 1930’s style so we drew up some designs and she picked this one. We found a fabric that was the right colour and fit into the budget and I made them up.

She’s based in Cheltenham (and was due to move to Hong Kong after the wedding) and had a great time coming to visit Bristol for fittings as all the girls had come here to uni and it was nice to have a chance to visit and spend the day in their old haunts.

One of Vicky’s Bridesmaids was working abroad for most of the time I was working on the dresses so we had to squeeze in a fitting in the week running up to the wedding and finish it off in time.

1930's inspired bespoke bridesmaid dresses

Vicky’s Blue 1930’s style bridesmaid dresses


Jo’s Bespoke Wedding Dress

Just had these gorgeous photos sent to us from Jo of her pale mint green silk bespoke wedding dress.

Jo wanted a dress that was light and floaty, inspired by 1920’s or 1930’s styles.

She wanted something that was unique and non conventional. We played with ideas of having an ivory dress with coloured flowers embellished on it, and with having an ivory dress with a brightly coloured lining so when she was dancing there would be flashes of the colour underneath.

We used a really light silk crepe to make Jo’s wedding dress so that the skirt was really floaty and the top was loose and drapey. She went with a slouchy, low, open back with pearl beads dangling from the crystal motifs on the shoulders.

I absolutely love the photo on the beach with the wind catching her floaty dress.

Jo’s partner, Chris, and his brother designed and digitally printed some really jazzy fabric that he asked me to make into cravats, ties and pocket squares for the day.

Jo has since asked me to alter her dress by taking the train off and shortening it so that it’s a dress she can wear again for other occasions. I love doing this as it fits into the traditional sense of what would happen to a wedding dress. A wedding dress used to be the best quality dress a woman could afford and after the big day it would become the dress she would wear for special occasions, then it would be worn for Sunday Best, then best day dress and eventually cut up to make baby clothes or things for around the home, giving the dress many leases of life. It’s a shame that most wedding dresses these days end up in the back of a wardrobe or in an attic gathering dust and don’t get to live out their full lives.


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1920’s Inspired Wedding Dress Designs

I love making dresses for friends. It’s so exciting to be part of their build up to their wedding day.

These designs were for Beth’s wedding dress. She wanted to wear something loose and flowing, inspired by the 1920’s era. I suggested we find some beautiful old vintage doilies to use as the lace.

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From The Studio

Jo’s mint green silk wedding dress on the mannequin. Looking forward to seeing the pictures from the day 2photo 1