Design a beautiful bridal gown that is both flattering to Natalie's figure and complementary to her personal taste. Natalie requested for a gown style that is both timeless, minimal in aesthetic and pays homage to a Jessica Rabbit style silhouette.
Total Amount of Fittings:
6 fittings. Each fitting:
45minutes - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Duchess Satin, Tutti-tulle, horse hair trim and silk cotton lining.
Natalie has been a client and friend of WBMS for more than 8 years.
She first started ordering performance show pieces for then Entertainment girl group RAEN. Having worked with Helen Constance from WBMS for so many years and touring UK with Constance’s designs, it was only natural Natalie would order a bridal gown from Helen. Helen understood her sense of style, character and needs.
First Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
When Natalie came in with her mum, Anna, Natalie was presented with a few gown options to try on. They both fell in love with two calico samples Helen had been working on. For over a month now, Helen has been working on new bridal gown styles for the next year. Since these samples are from our WBMS bridal research & development department (R & D), they were a work in progress. Sample garments, made in calico cotton, provided a practical yet visual description of the gown Natalie wanted. She tried on both and decided on mixing the bodice of one gown with the skirt hem of another. Voila! A new gown was proposed and created just for Ms. Streat.
Natalie like the wavy skirt of the above style, but prefers the torso and back of the below style.
For a more minimalist aesthetic she opted for a smoother texture and went with a Duchess Satin as the main fabric with an ivory mesh for the torso yoke. Having decided what she wanted, Natalie paid her deposit of 60%, had her measurements taken, and booked in for her first calico fitting for the following week.
First Calico Fitting. Time: 1hr
At her first calico fitting. She was all smiles when she tried on calico toile made just for her. During fitting, we learnt that the under bust seam line had to be raised and after consultation with Helen, both agreed the neckline had to be raise as well. Pins and pencil marks were made on the toile (garment sample) for further iteration.
Second Calico Fitting. Time: 1hr
In the second fitting, we notice side bust shape needs more darting. It is not unusual brides drop weight throughout subsequent fittings. A combination of excitement and anxiety as a result of the up coming event sometimes cause weight to change. We need to dart out the excess area on the side of Natalie’s bust to provide more support and shape.
Third Calico Fitting. Time: 1hr
In the third fitting, notice side bust is now smoother and has more shape and support. However, darts are still needed at the centre front bust seam line to provide more shape and support to centre front of bust. As you change one part of the bust shape (e.g the side),
another section gets affected, so continuous fittings are often required for shaping the garment around the curvature of the bust.
Fourth Calico Fitting. Time: 1hr
We have now arrived at the fourth fitting. Notice the bust is not shaped and has great support with built in cups. The waist is cinched at the smallest part of her body giving her greater fit and the neckline is at her ideal depth. Since length of the skirt is accurate from the first fitting, we are not ready to go on fabric. Multiple fittings gives Natalie confidence that all the required changes and fitting issues are ironed out before we cut the dunchess satin and make up her final gown.
Satin Dress Fitting. Time: 1hr
Fifth Fitting The gown fits well, we provide you a glimpse of the back view to see how the centre back fits. The zip is sometimes not inserted till closer to the wedding date, this allow the bride the flexibility for minor adjustments should she lose more weight due to excitement and stress from everyday life.
This fitting lets us learn some minor adjustments are still required to the side seams. Now we can take care of this and add the see-through mermaid skirt to the dress. A quick glance of the mermaid skirt is presented below
Final Fitting. Time: 1hr
A final fitting with Natalie helped address any last minute questions and queries regarding her bridal gown. She was very pleased with the outcome after zip has been put in and mermaid skirt was sewn together. At her request, Natalie picked up her gown a few days before her wedding.
Through the wedding dress design process, Natalie has also ordered seven bridesmaids dresses from WBMS. Natalie met with Helen Constance to approve all the bridemaids dresses in the beginning and at the final fitting for the maids. Photos below shows Natalie at her wedding with her pretty bridemaids, of course her lovely gown.
She is seen below with Designer, Helen Constance, on her very special day.
Natalie’s 5 stars Google review for WBMS
"The team at Weddings by Master/slave made my custom designed gown an exciting & wonderful experience. Their wisdom & attention to detail created a trend setting design, that makes me feel like a modern day princess !"