Jen opted for a bespoke thirties-inspired bias cut silk dress in a green-gold heavy silk. We added sparkle with a pair of bespoke golden Olivia accessories from Debbie Carlisle, which I attached at each shoulder like epaulettes.
The dress featured a deep V at the back, above a back tying sash and a puddle train. The front neckline was also a V, lightly gathered at the bust, with a gently curved waist panel, the sides of which extended to create the ties of the sash.
“From the first email I sent Kate was absolutely lovely, very helpful and throughout the whole process was always quick to respond. From the beginning, I knew I wanted a 1930s style dress, but I wasn’t sure on the shape so we met to brainstorm ideas, before agreeing a bespoke design collaborating with Debbie Carlisle to make the gorgeously opulent capped sleeves. Kate came up with a very reasonable quote for such an incredible dress and off we went! We met up several times at her home throughout the time it took to make the dress and I was consulted with and carefully guided through every part of the process.
Kate is passionate about vintage dressmaking, and was a real friend throughout: I would even consult with her on other details from the hairpiece I wore, to the right underwear (!) because I trusted and valued her opinion.
I had complete faith in Kate from the beginning as she is incredibly talented and I’d seen her other creations, but she maintained throughout a care to always make sure I was 100% happy with everything. She allowed time for us to make little adjustments and refinements within the process, so that it all came together perfectly for the final creation. Kate is a one woman vintage dress dream machine – I could not recommend her highly enough.”
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