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Sarah-Day.co.uk Bespoke Bridalwear, Clothing, Costume and Acessories

By S DAY 05 Jul, 2017
Wedding season is in full swing ( well it has been for a month or two, hence the distinct lack of posts!) Which means my feet have barely touched the ground for weeks. I still find time to squeeze in alterations ( it is also prom season after all) But mostly i'm working in bigger jobs. Most prominent at the moment is a very striking see through ish wedding dress ( see below for the inspiration), a 3 piece mother of the groom outfit made of exquisite indian brocade, and a simpler 50's  style outfit which I believe is to be worn to a private view ( art exhibition.)

The pic above is from a recent photo shoot, The dress was actually my grandmas from 1962, she was delighted to see it resurrected and used and the photos from the shoot are lovely. See the credits below for the details of the various suppliers.


Duzzy Woo:
Duzzy Woo Vintage Wedding and Event Hire 
Facebook: /duzzywoo
Instagram: /duzzywoo
Twitter: /duzzywoo
Website: www.duzzywoo.com
Email: info@duzzywoo.com

L and M Studio:
Professional wedding photographers based in Ipswich, 
Website: www.landmstudio.co.uk


The Venue Kersey Mill
Facebook: /thevenueatkerseymill


The Flower Shop Kersey Mill:
We like our flower arrangements and designs to be a true reflection of the person they are for!

Facebook: /theflowershopkm
Instagram:
Twitter:
Website: www.theflowershopkm.com
Email: sales@theflowershopkm.com

Clara Bowe (Beverley Harvey and Simon Bennett Classic Cars):
Clara Bowe is located in the beautiful rural countryside in East Anglia.
Offering a whole range of products from furniture, interior lighting, fashion, jewelry, cutlery,
china, crockery, books and quality vintage fabrics , you can even hire their classic cars for that special occasion!
Facebook: /clarabowe
Instagram: @clarabowe
Twitter:
Website: www.clarabowe.com
Email: beverley.harvey@clarabowe.com



By S DAY 05 Jul, 2017
I have always loved historical costume, and the woods, so this dress medieval inspired with oak leaves embroidered around the hem was a dream job. The photos arrived by post the other day, and I couldn't resist sharing them with you!

I also altered the grooms outfit, and made his trousers and the lighter tunic he wore for the reception.
By S DAY 19 May, 2017
This dress offered an opportunity to commission some machine embroidery. I have hand embroidered several extremely time consuming projects, but with one exception, I have not used metallic thread. The scale of the embroidery meant that it wasn't really feasible to attempt doing it by hand, so the race was on to find someone with the necessary skills and experience to convert a hand drawn design in to one that can be programmed into a machine. 

After contacting several people, I decided to commission Fiona Crozier to undertake the work. I drew out the various designs in very fine black pen ( which took a steady hand and hours of patience!) and posted them to her along with  the pattern pieces, and the fabric with the pieces marked out on it.  After trying out a couple of sample pieces, she started on the actual dress fabric. As you can see, the results are simply stunning.
By S DAY 26 Mar, 2017
In addition to designing and making wedding dresses, I also make custom accessories. In this case the bride carried a feather fan rather than a bouquet. Her headpiece used a rhinestone applique, as well as lace pieces from her mothers wedding dress. The groomsmen had buttonholes created from the brass caps of spent shotgun cartridges- I loved doing these, it is something I've always wanted to try doing and I discovered some interesting techniques for making it work. Finally the bridesmaids all had little feathery clips which mirrored the brides fan.
By S DAY 26 Mar, 2017
Terrible photo, but this is the dress I have started making. One of the best ( and worst!) things about this job is that making items for customers, and perusing endless fabric shops, magazines and web searches  during the design stages of their dresses, I get ideas for things I would just love to make. Often though, i simply don't get the time to make them, so the backlog of tantalizing ideas builds up and can get a bit frustrating.... So this weekend, I thought "Why Not?" and have made the patterns and started work on two new show pieces.  I am going to the 'secret vintage' fair  *somewhere* in colchester in a few weeks and hope to have them finished ( ish) by then. the other is using some gorgeous embroidered net with wildflowers.

Pictures soon! ( I hope)
By S DAY 07 Dec, 2016
This was my first ever bridal commission, and it was great fun to do. Initially the customer provided a moodboard of images which included a huge range of influences, everything from Frida Kahlo, african prints, japanese kimono and Victorian corsetry! Combining these ideas was a challenge, but the eventual idea was a corset covered with african printed cotton chosen by the customer and pleated to shape, adding a bit of volume over the bust and with a wrap around  fastening at the back to hide the lacing which was itself colourful- the individual eyelets sewn in red, green, black and white!
By S DAY 30 Nov, 2016
This piece was a first for me, two piece wedding dresses have gained in popularity recently but this was the first one i have been commissioned to make.

The top was made of two different laces, one beaded with  small pearls, seed beads and small sequins and the other unbeaded. The two were  collaged together by hand onto a base of soft tulle. The skirt comprised of layers of soft ivory tulle and chiffon on a base of ' peachskin' which behaves much like sandwashed satin and drapes beautifully.

Altogether a beautiful and relaxed take on the traditional wedding dress, perfect for this informal woodland setting.

Photographer Kris Lissimore
By S DAY 26 Oct, 2016
Originally this customer was thinking of a soft, almost boho style dress as she was not a fan of heavy bodices and huge skirts and it needed to be suitable for an outdoor wedding. When her mother in law gave her the lace over dress from her own wedding (1960's or 70's I think),  it was too good an opportunity to miss, and the design was changed to incorporate the vintage lace. The front panel was made of a modern, contrasting lace as there was not quite enough in the original, the vintage lace is quite heavy, and very good quality so I went for a sparser, lighter lace rather than trying to match the original, and  used the scalloped edges  of the original dress down the front.

Do you have a piece of family history that you would like to include in your dress or headpiece? 


By S DAY 22 Aug, 2016
By S DAY 16 Aug, 2016
If you have been searching through the offerings of endless shops, and trawling the internet in search of THE dress, but are coming up blank,  you could be forgiven for thinking that the best option is to give up and just settle for  something  which isn't quite right, but is at least easier to find right?

Wrong!

This is your day, and having the right dress, one that makes you feel beautiful, fits you perfectly and is comfortable even after a day of standing, sitting eating dancing and generally being the center of attention is very important.

So.. where to start?

1)Get some ideas together- shapes that you know suit you, details you like, even things that show the general feel of the wedding can all help your chosen designer to create that perfect dress. Pinterest is good for this, but you could equally do a good old fashioned scrapbook. The important thing is to add notes- what is it that you like ( or don't like) about a dress- it could be anything, the shape, the material, the beading, neckline, anything.

3) Budget there is a saying in the costume industry which works equally well for choosing a wedding dress;

  • I want it NOW
  • I want it ON BUDGET
  • I want it PERFECT

    you can choose two... if the deadline is very close, finding the perfect materials within the budget will be difficult, If you are on a tight budget, but have plenty of time, your dressmaker will probably be able to find a perfect bit of lace being sold as a remnant, or the perfect silk marked down in a sale.  If time is short, but you aren't willing to compromise on detailing and quality, it will cost you more. 

    Be realistic with your budget- do not expect a bespoke dressmaker to be able to price match a mass produced, "made in china" dress you saw online- making a bespoke piece requires hours of pattern cutting, at least one mock up or 'toile' ( often two or three) and all the  time spent scouring shops for the right fabric, that perfect trim. 

    I cannot speak for all bespoke dressmakers, but I do this job because I am a creative person- I get a kick out of creating beautiful things and seeing the delighted grin on the customers face when they try it on. I will make it perfect, and that takes a lot of time and effort. I do not do this job to try and make a quick buck, so please, if i have worked out a quote, believe me- I have worked it out carefully to give you good value without forcing myself to work for £2 an hour- please don't try and barter.
3) Find a designer/ dressmaker
   Often the best way is by word of mouth, but you can also try local classified Ads, google maps and others such as Yell.com . Look at photos of their work, testimonials and if possible, talk to them.  They should be able to give you an idea of what is achievable for your budget and within the given timescale. Some dressmakers use commercial patterns, some make their own some do both, some design, some make, some do both. Get a feel for their skills and expertise, and when you feel happy, GO FOR IT!

4) Get started! 
     Take all your pictures and ideas along, I personally like to go through them in person, so I can ask questions and find out exactly what drew you to each picture and possibly do some quick sketches to show you of the sort of ideas that are forming from the ideas you've brought with you. I will take measurements, ( don't be scared of the tape measure- it is your friend!)  and by next time I see you  I should have a clear sketch of the dress, and a mock up of all, or part of the dress.

This will look fairly unimpressive to start with- a plain cotton toile covered in esoteric lines, arrows and numbers.... this helps refine the  basic standard size pattern I made from your measurements into a dress that will fit you like a glove. After that  the real fun begins as the dress begins to take shape! It is an exciting process, you can have direct input into the dress. do you want the neckline a tiny bit higher? Do you want the dress to highlight a particular part of your body or disguise a bit you are less keen on? Speak up, it can all be accommodated And above all, Enjoy it!
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By S DAY 05 Jul, 2017
Wedding season is in full swing ( well it has been for a month or two, hence the distinct lack of posts!) Which means my feet have barely touched the ground for weeks. I still find time to squeeze in alterations ( it is also prom season after all) But mostly i'm working in bigger jobs. Most prominent at the moment is a very striking see through ish wedding dress ( see below for the inspiration), a 3 piece mother of the groom outfit made of exquisite indian brocade, and a simpler 50's  style outfit which I believe is to be worn to a private view ( art exhibition.)

The pic above is from a recent photo shoot, The dress was actually my grandmas from 1962, she was delighted to see it resurrected and used and the photos from the shoot are lovely. See the credits below for the details of the various suppliers.


Duzzy Woo:
Duzzy Woo Vintage Wedding and Event Hire 
Facebook: /duzzywoo
Instagram: /duzzywoo
Twitter: /duzzywoo
Website: www.duzzywoo.com
Email: info@duzzywoo.com

L and M Studio:
Professional wedding photographers based in Ipswich, 
Website: www.landmstudio.co.uk


The Venue Kersey Mill
Facebook: /thevenueatkerseymill


The Flower Shop Kersey Mill:
We like our flower arrangements and designs to be a true reflection of the person they are for!

Facebook: /theflowershopkm
Instagram:
Twitter:
Website: www.theflowershopkm.com
Email: sales@theflowershopkm.com

Clara Bowe (Beverley Harvey and Simon Bennett Classic Cars):
Clara Bowe is located in the beautiful rural countryside in East Anglia.
Offering a whole range of products from furniture, interior lighting, fashion, jewelry, cutlery,
china, crockery, books and quality vintage fabrics , you can even hire their classic cars for that special occasion!
Facebook: /clarabowe
Instagram: @clarabowe
Twitter:
Website: www.clarabowe.com
Email: beverley.harvey@clarabowe.com



By S DAY 05 Jul, 2017
I have always loved historical costume, and the woods, so this dress medieval inspired with oak leaves embroidered around the hem was a dream job. The photos arrived by post the other day, and I couldn't resist sharing them with you!

I also altered the grooms outfit, and made his trousers and the lighter tunic he wore for the reception.
By S DAY 19 May, 2017
This dress offered an opportunity to commission some machine embroidery. I have hand embroidered several extremely time consuming projects, but with one exception, I have not used metallic thread. The scale of the embroidery meant that it wasn't really feasible to attempt doing it by hand, so the race was on to find someone with the necessary skills and experience to convert a hand drawn design in to one that can be programmed into a machine. 

After contacting several people, I decided to commission Fiona Crozier to undertake the work. I drew out the various designs in very fine black pen ( which took a steady hand and hours of patience!) and posted them to her along with  the pattern pieces, and the fabric with the pieces marked out on it.  After trying out a couple of sample pieces, she started on the actual dress fabric. As you can see, the results are simply stunning.
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