Friday, 24 June 2011


I am helping Izy making this rather lovely wall hanging of Foxgloves in Silk Velvet, Duchess Satin, chiffon and beads on Linen....I should be getting on with all those prom dresses, but this took my eye,it has been very relaxing, you might see more later!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Handmade Organdy Roses.

Keep it handemade!
In this buissness I am always making roses to trim my gowns or to make as headpieces. These are so pretty and so much nicer than buying them, as they are all made it far away countries and look rather artificial!
They are rather fiddly and patience is needed . The best fabric to use is Cotton Organdy or fabrics that don't fray. Find some interesting stamens in a cake craft shop , cut the petal shape and you are away!
Leave a comment if you would like a step by step guide.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Flower bucket

This bucket of flowers makes me feel really HAPPY!......What about you on this rainy Monday lunchtime?

Friday, 10 June 2011

Good Friends!

After none stop sewing of Prom dresses for friends of Flora's for there Prom on the 4th July.
Alice and I had a little rest and went over to my lovely friend Sarah, at Upcott Farm.
Here Alice played all day with 2 cute little puppies Tilly and Pip and of course here best friends Daisy and Milly.
Thank you Sarah xx

Sunday, 5 June 2011

My Wedding Dress

Last week it was my 23rd Wedding Anniversary, which I find hard to believe, but I suppose given that I have 4 children ranging from 22years to 6 its possible! I have found this photo and thought it was a great one to blog about.

William and I got married in Gloucester Cathedral in 1988, we were very lucky as not that many people are so privileged to do so. We were allowed to be married there because my grandfather was a Vicar  in the Cathedral for many years.

I had been designing Wedding gowns for a little while when we got married and I was getting quite well known in the national magazine's with my gowns, so that when Brides Magazine asked if they could feature our Wedding, I knew this would be a fantastic chance to really get my name out there.The Wedding dress had to be a spectacle, I remember going to so many fabric shows to find the right silk for the gown. I knew immediately when I saw the fabric. It was a Thai silk  printed with a paisley pattern in white on the palest of pink, it was hand printed in Germany...I loved it, it cost a small fortune but I placed a order for 25 metres and I  have never regretted it! I still adore it to this day.

I always design my gowns looking and feeling the fabric, so with this beautiful Silk I was so inspired, that I made two gowns, as I could not decide. Brides magazine chose the gown that I was to wear on the day.
I love this gown with the fichu neckline and the tiny little pleated trim around the top edge. Just showing underneath of the fichu is a puffed sleeve trimmed with a cotton lace.And at the centre front of the gown a silk camellia finishes off the look. 
The gown was full skirted with an over skirt that was open at the front and pulled back as I walked up the Isle. The train was one and a half metres long. I had a mid length veil and a headdress that sat around the back and sides off my head, made of course by me!
This whole gown was so 80's but I loved it and still do today!
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