Now, I'm sure all of you must have seen the wedding dress that everyones talking about??
Even people who I have chatted to, who didn't intend to watch the wedding of the decade... did... and more to the point... enjoyed it!Kate, or Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge wore the most gorgeous lace dress designed by Sarah Burton. The style was Grace Kelly esk, and after I did some research on Google, I found the lace was all made in the UK. One company based only a few miles from my home, Cluny Lace in Ilkeston, Nottingham still make Nottingham lace on old lace looms to old designs and patterns, click here to read more about Cluny Lace. Much of the lace on the dress was made by The Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court. Click here to read more about their involvement.
So, now we have read a little about Kate's dress.... would you like to make your own wedding dress? (of course, handmade lace from Hampton Court is optional!)
Alison Victoria from the School of Sewing in Ashby de la Zouch runs Bridal Dressmaking workshops several times a year.
Their most recent course was only a few weeks after the Royal Wedding, and knowing that the Royal Wedding would be such an influence on future Brides, Alison made a sample gown similar to Kate's dress to show some of the techniques used.
Alison's unique three day workshop teaches you all you need to know about the bridal business and the making of bridal wear, whether it be on a personal or professional level. The construction of the gown will be discussed in detail and samples will be made that relate to interlined couture boned bodices with a draped overlay, netted skirts, concealed zips, hemlines and much more.
No longer will the dress have wrinkly bodices or droopy skirts. You will also produce samples that relate to veils, and bridal favours. Information will be given regarding stockists and suppliers and pricing your gowns. This workshop is a must for all of those planning a wedding or those in the bridal business.