Petticoat Perfection and a Vintage Pattern ~ A Bride Who Made Her Own 1960’s Inspired Wedding Dress…

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Morning! 🙂 How was your weekend? I had a gorgeous day yesterday in Whitby.  I fell asleep on the beach it was that gorgeous!!! Half an hour warm, sunny, bliss.

This morning’s real wedding feature should be a real inspiration to any Bride considering making her own wedding dress – and I seem to be coming across more and more such Brides these days.  And aside from being hugely inspired by the story behind the dress – I am also completely in love with Bride Jess’s hair style – so vintage chic!

Jess married Paul on 23rd December 2010 at Bath Registry Office and the reception was held at the Bath Spa Hotel, and I LOVE that Jess crafted her own dress using a vintage pattern that she got from her Mum…

“I made my dress, with the help of my Mum and my friend Viv.  I enjoy making some of my clothes as I like the fact that you can be so creative and individual, and can get almost the exact look that you’re after. 

I knew I wanted an early 1960s style wedding dress, as I love the fashion and look from this era.  I used one of my Mum’s old patterns – she used to make many of her clothes during the sixties and I am lucky that she kept her old patterns which she has passed on to me.  The pattern was a Simplicity pattern, and was a sleeveless dress with full skirt with soft pleats…”

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1960s style wedding dress - made by the Bride using a vintage pattern

“I made it from a pale ivory Duchess Satin fabric which I bought from the Thread Mill in Swinton, Rotherham.  I wanted to keep the dress simple, but chose to add an organza layer over the skirt part of the dress, which I edged with ivory ribbon.  I had decided that I wanted an ivory and black theme for the wedding, and so decided to add a belt I made from both black velvet and black satin ribbon.  The belt emphasised the waist of the dress, and added extra interest to the back of the dress as it had a black bow.

The style of the dress required a net petticoat, and I ordered this from Petticoat Perfection – it was ivory in colour and consisted of 3 tiers and four layers so was very full, and I had it edged with ivory satin.

My veil was by Caroline Castigliano and purchased from a bridal shop in Bath.  I decided to edge it myself with the same ivory ribbon that I had edged the organza skirt with…”

1960s style wedding dress - made by the Bride using a vintage pattern

“I already owned the shoes, but thought they were absolutely perfect for my wedding look – the make is Sergio Boscaro, and I purchased them a few years ago from Kitten Heels Boutique in Huddersfield…”


“As the wedding was during the winter, I felt I would need a type of cover-up.  I found a McCalls pattern dated 1963 on the website which included a back buttoned jacket which I thought would look perfect with my dress. I made the lined jacket from the same material as the dress itself, and also sewed a blue ribbon bow to the inside for my ‘something blue’!



“I wanted to incorporate the bow from the belt of the dress and the bow on the shoes.  I removed a black velvet ribbon bow from a headband purchased from Claire’s Accessories, and glued it to a hair clip so it could be placed in my hair.I knew that I wanted to wear a pearl knecklace, and whilst visiting my brother in London I found a beautiful vintage faux pearl necklace from Fur Coat No Knickers in Carnaby Street. 

I also found some faux pearl earrings which matched the shade of the pearl knecklace in Dorothy Perkins. To complete the look I found a brilliant vintage handbag and vintage gloves from UpStaged Vintage, a shop in Leeds…”


“We chose white anenomes with a black centre.  We also wanted to embrace the fact that it was so near to Christmas, and so had miseltoe berries within the bouquet…”






“The cake was made by my friend Viv and she did an absolutely beautiful job.  It consisted of 2 tiers, the bottom tier was fruit cake and the top tier was a dairy free chocolate cake (as I’m lactose intolerant).  It had white icing with black dots and black/ivory ribbon tied around each tier.  I’d asked that on the top of the cake I’d like a ‘snow couple’, so out of icing Viv made a snowman with top hat and a snowwoman with veil – it was perfect!”




“What I loved about our wedding was that it was so different, individual and personal to us – we did everything exactly how we wanted to do it rather than doing what was perhaps expected by others.  I also love the fact that I made my own dress (even though it was definitely not the easy option!) – It felt like a real achievement, a true labour of love!  I look back now with a real sense of pride in what both myself and Paul achieved – a perfect Wedding Day!”


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Brides dress – Made by the Bride, using a vintage pattern c.1960’s + Petticoat Perfection
Brides veil – Caroline Castigliano
Brides shoes – Sergio Boscaro from Kitten Heels Boutique in Huddersfield.
Brides accessories – Fur Coat No Knickers {necklace} + Claire’s Accessories + UpStaged Vintage {handbag}
Grooms Suit – Next
Hair Stylist – Sally Butler-Marchese at Arena Hairdressers, Bath
Makeup Artist – Amy Peters
Florist – Sarah Tynan {site not available}
Cake – Family friend
Photographer  – Graham Morgan
Venue – Bath Registry Office + Bath Spa Hotel

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Simpy and utterly beautiful!

A big thank you to London, Bath and Bristol Wedding Photographer, Graham Morgan for sharing these images –  and of course huge congrats to Jess and Paul for tieing the knot – and it such sensational 60’s style 😉

Are you making your own wedding dress?

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Much love,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

24 thoughts on “Petticoat Perfection and a Vintage Pattern ~ A Bride Who Made Her Own 1960’s Inspired Wedding Dress…

  1. Huge admiration to this bride-the dress and jacket are fabulous! I designed my own 50s style dress but unfortunately didn’t inherit my mother’s sewing ability so found a dressmaker to make it for me. I was very proud to wear my own design so I can only imagine how amazing Jess felt on her big day knowing she’d made hers herself! She looks stunning and I love all the perfect little details she added for a perfect retro look.

  2. Wow! I love the way this bride, who is clearly very talented and with an excellent eye for design and detail, has incorporated vintage and vintage-inspired pieces from so many different sources. What a clever lady, and
    oh, how stylish!

  3. she looks so adorable and I’m loving seeing more brides go for something a little different with their dresses how brave to make your own dress so cute. I really love the picture putting the ring on you really fell like something out of the 60’s. Love it

  4. She is a absolute beauty isn’t she – the Bride, AND her dress! Her hair is immaculate, her choice of shoes and accessories and veil is perfect.
    Super stylish all round 😉

  5. I am so in love with this dress, it is everything I want in a wedding dress, but where to get a replication of it!

  6. Could not love this more! Her attention to detail is perfect, even down to the bow in her hair. The jacket with the covered buttons is just devine, stunning!

  7. awesome and so inspiring!
    I wish I had the guts to try to make my dress too.
    I feel like I’m running out of time though…

  8. Agree with heather- inspiring!
    Jess cuts a fantastic and much coveted silhouette all thanks to her own creativity and hard work. Her family, friends and husband must have felt so proud, as should she.
    Love the stockings too!

  9. Well I’m very pleased to see all these fantastic comments about Jessie’s dress, I saw it close up, and frankly I was blown-away with the quality of finish. This kind of talent and effort deserves recognition, and there’s a lovely story behind it. Jess and Paul were very patient considering the sub-zero temperature and icy wind, well worth the effort though, it was a pleasure to shoot.
    Graham Morgan

  10. Beautiful!!!! Would love to know where she got the pattern for her dress and where she got those fab stockings.

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