Friday, March 20, 2015

Dress Design 101: It's All In The Detailing

Have you ever wondered how wedding gowns are designed? Join us for Dress Design 101, a small series about the steps we take when we create a unique Lu Raquel design. Follow us through the step-by-step process of designing our beautiful Leigh Anne gown. For more of our unique designs, check out our website.

Step 3: It's All In The Detailing

Even the littlest details can make or break the design of a gown. This week, we'll discuss fabrics and detailing and how your design choices can impact your ideal gown overall. This step is the most important step after choosing and finalizing the basic construction of the gown, because the little details matter when it comes to the individual style of each and every bride. For the sake of this week's blog, I'll split this discussion into two sections: Fabrics and Detailing.


The shape and fullness of a gown can change depending on the types of fabrics used to create it. Let's take a look at the fabrics we've used in our Leigh Anne design.

Starting from the top, the bodice is a pleated organza, with a silk satin lining, flowing into an a-line lace skirt with a polysatin liner. It may not seem like it, but these fabric choices give Leigh Anne the shape that she has -- especially in the skirt of the gown.

The fullness of the skirt is the portion of the gown most impacted by the fabric choices, because certain fabrics can 'poof' up the skirt. To illustrate this let's compare the fullness of the skirt of our Chloe design and our Alina design.


It may not look like it from these two photos, but the skirt of Chloe is much, much larger than that of Alina. Chloe's skirt is made out of three different kinds of fabrics: a polysatin blend liner, crinoline, and tulle. There are about 10 layers of tulle underneath that pink skirt! Alina's skirt is made out of crinoline and a polysatin liner.

Since Chloe has so many layers of 'poofy' material, her skirt is significantly more full than Alina's. Your choice in material in the skirt will impact how full or not a skirt on a gown will be. You need to think carefully about what kind of statement or personality your gown will have and what fabrics you need to use to do so.

After you've thought about the types of fabrics that you'd like to use and made your decisions, it's time to move on to the next step that encompasses all sorts of little accessories and closures.


Choosing the right closures and the right kind of accessories is very important when it comes to the individual personality each of your gowns will have. Leigh Anne has a lot of fun details, especially when it comes to her accessories.

Like with fabrics, let's take a look at Leigh Anne's detailing from top to bottom. The first thing that we notice are her adorable cap sleeves, which are beaded with a mixture of pearls, glass beads, and Swarovski crystals.

Next is the type of closures on the gown. Leigh Anne has a hidden zipper, and no buttons. However, there are many options for buttons if that is the type of closure you want to have! The most common button is a covered button with an elastic loop. A covered button is one that is covered with any kind of fabric, lace, or beading. There are also options for a hook-and-eye underneath an ornamental button that act as the closure for the gown.

The next detail on Leigh Anne is the lace skirt. There are many different kinds of lace and patterns. This particular lace is called chantilly lace.

After the construction of the gown and the detailing is set, you're ready to send your design off to the manufacturer. The next few steps in the design process will be discussed in our next installment: Producing a Winner.

If you're looking for more information on what Lu Raquel can offer you, please contact us at, or on our website.

Stay Tuned For Next Week:

Step 5: Producing A Winner

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