So lots of you lovely ladies have asked for some detail pictures of The Kelly Dress.
I took a couple of snaps of this one in my workroom until we have some "proper" images so you can get a better look at just one of the ways the back can be styled. This version has a beautiful bateau neckline front and back with pretty silk covered buttons to finish, the bride decided against lace appliqué along the neckline as she didn't want too much fuss around the top!
The Kelly Dress can be made with lots of different design details: v-neck, round neck, short sleeves, no sleeves - the list is endless!
This version of The Kelly Dress is made in beautiful ivory silk satin and a bodice of delicate Chantilly lace.
Abby (the bride) decided against having the lace all over as she wanted to keep the dress fairly simple and added a plain ivory narrow belt sash to finish it off. (I hear she has some very lovely gold Vivienne Westwood Melissa heart shoes to go with the dress to add a touch of bling!) The underskirt she chose is a 5 layer Alice deluxe, trimmed in ivory satin.
This dress is a custom order for a lovely bride I met at the Oxford Vintage Wedding fair earlier this summer. She fell in love with the Mansfield dress but wanted to make the design her own, so we added the full circle skirt (Mansfield has previously been made with a ¾ circle skirt) and as she didn't want to wear a sash with the dress we added some beautiful embroidered appliqué to the upper bodice area. The fabric is pure silk dupion with a very fine slub in the weave.
I really like the look of full circle skirt on The Mansfield dress, standing out to perfection with a 5 layer custom petticoat in pure white net, a classic 50's silhouette with that nipped in waist!
Ryley & Flynn Vintage recently exhibited at The Something Old Vintage Wedding Fairs in Nottingham and Oxford.
What an adventure! The car was packed to bursting point with dresses, underskirts and dress mannequins, I can only imagine what people following behind us on the motorway must have thought!! We got completely lost trying to navigate around the centre of Oxford, so many one way streets and bus lanes - even the sat nav was lost, eventually we found Oxford Town Hall and having never visited oxford before I was slightly speechless at the beauty of the place. Inside we were in a gorgeous wood panelled room - the perfect setting for a vintage fair.
Oxford Town Hall
We had a great time, all our dresses were on display and lots of brides to be took the opportunity to try on the sample dresses and accessories that we had with us. We had so many lovely comments through the day and I'd like to thank every one that took the time to make a special trip to come and see us!
During the Nottingham fair our stall was near the main stage area, and we were entertained through the entire day by the most wonderful couple - Ricky Hunter and Velvet Divine! Together they are 1940s entertainers, Velvet Divine has the most wonderful voice, I could have listened to her for hours! (Check them out at www.facebook.com/GetHappyEntertainment.) They didn't just entertain us while they were on stage but off stage too with their great sense of humour!
Velvet Divine & Ricky Hunter
Also at Nottingham was a fantastic photo booth - VintageBooth, complete with props, it printed out your pictures while you waited and the whole booth looked fantastic. I could imagine it at any wedding, providing your guests hours of fun and a real talking point. You can find them at www.vintagebooth.me.
Ok so I've never done this before and if I get it wrong then please feel free to laugh!!
I've started a blog here at Ryley & Flynn Vintage to provide a bit more detail about what we do, let you see our dressmaking process and some behind the scenes info and generally keep you up to date with whats going on. I'll be posting about current orders, new designs, reviews and hopefully some tutorials to help you along the way.
So after months of knowing blogging was something I had to do, I've finally done it - I'm a trainee blogger!!