A truly unique wedding dress begins with a personal story.
This digitally printed wedding dress captures the love of the bride’s late father, wildlife in Colorado, and a fun-loving bride with an imagination and colorful personality.
This is where it all begins.
How to create the digitally printed wedding dress:
The sketches are created after Tara Lynn talks with the bride about dress styles, fit, and body image. A very important aspect of Tara Lynn’s design success is that her gowns flatter all the things that make a bride the wonderful woman she is: her spirit, her passions, and her uniquely wonderful physical features.
This bride, Molly, wanted her late father’s Colorado wildlife photos printed on her dress. Pileated woodpeckers, marmots, a bear, and goats were among the bride’s favorites.
Tara Lynn loves design challenges!
How did she make a beautiful bridal gown featuring such an unusual array of design features?
This moth will come alive on Molly’s digitally printed wedding dress.
Below are the images Tara Lynn used to create Molly’s
custom printed wedding dress.
The initial creative sketch based on some of the bride’s father’s photos.
Initial creative sketch of back of dress and photos from the bride’s father’s collection.
The rainbow to be incorporated . . . how will Tara Lynn do it?
Molly sent Tara Lynn over 100 photos of Colorado wildlife, taken by her late father, to incorporate into a digitally printed wedding dress.
The Sample & First Fitting
The sample and first fitting for this digitally printed wedding dress included a conceptual dress sample and the first fitting.
Tara Lynn drapes a conceptual sample using a test print on silk organza before drafting Molly’s pattern. This print was designed using plates from Norman and Eve Rockwell Botanical Prints. Molly’s print will be designed using the photographs her father took of Colorado wildlife.
Drafting the bodice pattern pieces.
Tara Lynn does the design, pattern making, fitting, and sewing of Molly’s custom wedding dress.
Cutting the interfacing for the bodice pieces. Tara Lynn uses unique rocks as weights to keep the pattern pieces and fabrics from shifting.
Tracing and cutting the silk organza skirt pieces.
Silk taffeta skirt and bodice interlining (the inside of the bodice that all the boning gets sewn to). Both are ready for Molly’s first fitting.
The Second Fitting
These are the crucial steps for creating the best fit for this bride’s digitally printed wedding dress: fitting the bust perfectly, determining length, making sure the straps are comfortable, and finalizing the design details. Between fittings our bride stayed at The Burke View Inn with Joan Laplant.
Making the petticoat just a little bit fluffier in the back than the front.
Bodice and skirt: the first layer.
Fitting multiple bodice layers for the perfect fit.
Perfecting the pattern for the front bodice. Once this is done we can digitize the pattern into the computer and engineer the print.
The bodice is made in multiple layers: interlining is the layer with the boning sewn to it; a silk lining is against the body; the printed silk organza will go over a silk taffeta underlayer and is faced with interfacing. All together there are five layers of fabric except for the back panel which is a sheer two layers of silk organza.
We are ready to design the print and prepare for the third fitting.
Digitally Designing the Print
With the help of our design assistant, Megan McCall, we digitally designed a print that was intricate, beautiful, and extremely personal for our bride. We sorted through hundreds of wildlife photos to create a landscape scene unlike any other…
From the photo’s taken by the bride’s late father, plants and wildlife were removed from their natural settings to compose a scene unique to the bride!
The finalized pattern pieces were loaded into the computer and plants and animals were strategically placed to be digitally printed onto silk organza fabric.
Building the layers of gradient, mountains, and wildlife onto the skirt of the gown.
Laying out the pattern pieces under the printed fabric and carefully lining up the wildlife creatures with the pattern.
Close up of the dragonfly at the center back of the dress ready to be cut out. A few photos were taken by other wildlife photographers, this dragonfly was taken by Ken Slade.
Bottom layers of the skirt printed, cut out, and ready to be put together!
Hemming the printed silk organza skirt with horse hair to add body to the dress.
The Third Fitting
Tara Lynn working on the bodice.
Checking the fit of the bodice.
Tara Lynn at work in her studio.
The bodice and skirt before the final layer.
Final layer and completing the sewing.
The Finished Dress
The Colorado wildlife comes to life across the lower portion of the skirt.
The wildlife photos adorn many parts of the dress.
Pine bough detail found on skirt
Flowers, mushrooms, moss, and ladybug!
Tara Lynn finalizes the placement of a butterfly.
The bride collects and wears fascinators–the term refers to a form of formal headwear worn as an alternative to the hat; it is usually a large decorative design attached to a band or clip–and Tara Lynn created this unique one for the bride.
A butterfly and ladybug looking quite life-like!
A moth flits above the tree line, also looking quite alive!
The hawk soaring above a collection of wildflowers.
The bride and groom love magpies, and Tara Lynn placed two on the dress. This one is along the ground (hem), gathering shiny beads as magpies are likely to do in life.
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