Diary of a Dress May 20 2014, 0 Comments

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