If you’re planning a unique wedding, take a look at this Devon themed wedding dress for inspiration!

When Hannah first got in touch with me about their idea for a Medieval inspired wedding, I was so excited about the prospect of being able to make her special dress. They were planning a wonderfully intimate ceremony to be held at an 11th  Century, former chapel in Honiton, Devon. I spent time after our initial discussion about her bespoke medieval themed wedding dress researching and gathering ideas to gain more knowledge about the different elements of historic dress. I was so honoured to be invited to the evening festivities for this wedding dress and to help them celebrate with their closest family and friends. It was so rewarding to receive such wonderful compliments about the wedding dress from the guests attending.

Dress research for medieval themed wedding dress

Having pulled out all my books on fashion through the ages and getting on the internet for more inspiration, I talked through the options with Hannah and what her feelings were towards the styles and designs of the time. I informed her what I thought would work well for her body shape and we then looked into the fabrics she liked and what she wanted regarding design details and the placement of any embellishments

Design and detailed wedding dress sketch ideas

As with every customer I sent sketches and fabrics for Hannah to spend time perusing and she got back to me with her final design choices. I was impressed at how definite she was in her decision making from the word go about her medieval themed wedding dress . She picked a very simple and understated plain ivory motif to run parallel with the seams. We were able to find a matching plain and embroidered Silk dupion fabric for her wedding dress. Hannah also wanted a pleated panel in the back of the skirt creating a train, which was the focal point of the wedding dress when viewed from behind. Here you can read more about the bespoke service provided at County Couture https://countycouture.co.uk/services/

Measurements and toile

I took detailed measurements prior to making Hannah’s wedding dress pattern and toile. I talked her through where the details on the dress needed to be placed with regards to her figure. Primarily, the wedding dress consisted of a lowered  waist line, with a ‘ v’  in the centre front and an open back panel to fully show off the lacing. To accentuate the front point  at the waist a sweetheart neckline was incorporated into the design.  The sleeves were discussed in great detail as she did not want them to be too long or full so we slimmed them down creating a more modern take on the traditional flared, trumpet shaped medieval dress sleeve.

The bespoke wedding dress

The bespoke themed wedding dress benefited from adding motifs to a dress design imbued with the spirit of past times. This ornamentation added a subtle element to the design of a Middle Ages inspired wedding dress, whilst retaining the simplicity that Hannah required.

I am really pleased with this bespoke medieval themed wedding dress as was Hannah.

Hannah and Mats choice of venue https://www.ladymargarets.co.uk/

The supplier for Hannah’s fabrics P402 Silk Dupion in ivory and P411 Embroidered Silk Dupion in ivory. https://www.michaelsbridalfabrics.co.uk/

So if your looking for any type of vintage wedding dress or even a more modern themed dress, get in touch to discuss your requirements. I’m looking forward to making any fun themed dress like a cow girl inspired wedding dress or boho styled bridesmaids dresses.