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    NEWS — behind the scenes

    Behind the Scenes in the Atelier

     

    Our talented photographer friend Aric Man came and spent some time with us in our atelier, to capture a little behind-the-scenes video of the creation of one of our bridal gowns as shown at New Zealand Fashion Week as part of the New Zealand Weddings Magazine showcase.

    We love what he produced for us x

    Diary of a Dress

    Here at Natalie Chan HQ we take great pride in precious craftsmanship through creating all of our designs be it dresses or head wear, in house. This means the entire process from designing to pattern drafting to cutting, sampling, and constructing is all completed by our dedicated team of fashion trained staff in our (ever so cosy, but at times rather cramped!) atelier above the boutique. 

    Having showcased at the New Zealand Weddings Collection at New Zealand Fashion week this year, we bring you an exclusive behind the scenes snippet at the process of creating one of our new couture bridal designs. 

    Our catwalk collection was inspired by blooms and botanical gardens, each design in the collection features a type of fabric flower from petite and scattered to a bold cluster of blooms. To capture the vivid colours of real flowers we researched into painting large scale flowers onto silk fabric in various forms, from directly onto gowns or cutting out the blooms and hand appliqueing them onto designs. Our friend Aric who is a wonderful photographer visited us in our atelier to capture the creating of one of our designs.

    Natalie sketching one of the designs.

    Rendering the illustration.

    Mixing paints to our desired palette.

    Paintbrush to fabric!

    It's all in the details.

    Multiple flowers were each and individually hand cut.

    The base of the dress in a beautiful corded lace is being sewn up.

    Our hand created flowers being pinned before appliqueing onto the dress.

    And here we have it! 

    The 'Tumbling Flowers' ensemble is made up of a lace top and coordinating skirt which is adorned with beautiful blooms. We think its simply perfect for a playful bride who is after a charming look for her special day!

     

     

    Stay tuned for our backstage diary at NZFW next.

    The Natalie Chan girls

    xxx

    Diary of a Dress

    Here at Natalie Chan HQ we take great pride in precious craftsmanship through creating all of our designs be it dresses or head wear, in house. This means the entire process from designing to pattern drafting to cutting, sampling, and constructing is all completed by our dedicated team of fashion trained staff in our (ever so cosy, but at times rather cramped!) atelier above the boutique.

    In the lead up to our very first couture bridal collection launch later on this month at the amazingly hospitable Sofitel, we bring you an exclusive behind the scenes snippet at the process of creating one of our new couture bridal designs.

     

    After a design is finalised, we get set to drafting a paper pattern off from a standard dress block that we have in our pattern archives.

    Another piece of the pattern puzzle, how many pleats can you spy?

    Here we have already drafted a pleated pattern for the skirt component of the dress and prepare to cut out just one of what will be multiple layers in bridal tulle.

     After all is drafted and cut, we take to the industrial sewing machine and start constructing. Many layers make up a Natalie Chan couture gown and this includes an inner lining which is what is being sewn above.

    With the bodice fully sewn up by machine now we take to the art of hand appliqueing, the photo shows cotton lace guipure skillfully pinned on before being completely sewn on by hand.

     

     In what will be the final component of the dress, fine bridal tulle is hand draped over top the bodice veiling the layer of lace guipure underneath to add varied texture and dimension to the gown.

     

    And here we have it, the 'Amelia' gown. Looks easy enough in the photos, doesn't it?! There are of course a plethora of photos we could show you to detail the entire process in specific, but some secrets are best kept we think!

    We can't wait to present to you an image of the whole dress along with 19 others in its full context as we prepare to launch in 9 days time.

    The Natalie Chan girls

    xxx