The Making of a Custom Wedding Dress

by Tara Lynn

We thought it would be fun to share the intimate details that go into making a custom wedding dress by Tara Lynn. It all begins with our customer. They inspire a sketch. Then we get to work on the pattern. After several fittings and playing with colors and fabrics we begin to see a beautiful one of a kind wedding dress evolve in the studio. We hope you enjoy a sneak peek into the making of a custom wedding dress by Tara Lynn.


Today we are working a a custom wedding dress that will have hand embroidered flowers growing up from the hem on a silk chiffon full circle skirt. Before we can even begin the embroidery we must know the dress is a perfect fitting. So, today we are modifying the bodice pattern following the pins and markings we made on the muslin from the brides first fitting.

custom wedding dress

Custom made wedding dress by Tara Lynn

custom embroidery

Sketch of floral embroidery by Tara Lynn

custom embroidered wedding dress

Custom embroidery by Tara Lynn



We are working on this sweet little number. We stitched vintage lace over the sweetheart bodice and paired it with a hemp silk mini skirt with a silk chiffon overlay. We are hand basting a vintage embroidered and scalloped trim on the hem of the skirt. The neck line has been trimmed with ricrac. Hand stitched details and vintage lace make this sweet little number truly one of a kind.

One of a kind wedding dress

Vintage lace trims make this a truly One of a kind wedding dress by Tara Lynn.

vintage lace wedding dresses

Vintage embroidered trim hand basted to the hem of the silk chiffon overlay.


Most exciting today, we received photos from a client who got married this past summer. We made a custom wedding ensemble from their mother’s heirloom wedding dress. We took the lace from mom’s gown and used it on the back of a custom wedding jumpsuit. We made a matching skirt trimmed with mom’s lace at the waist. The skirt over the jumpsuit gave the illusion of a grand ball gown with dainty covered buttons down the back. When the skirt came off Jen was dressed to the nines in a dapper wedding jumpsuit.

wedding jumpsuit

Custom made wedding jumpsuit.

heirloom wedding dress redesign

Heirloom wedding dress redesign.

heirloom wedding dress redesign

Original heirloom wedding dress.

Custom redesigned heirloom wedding dress

Custom redesigned heirloom wedding dress by Tara Lynn. Photo of mother and bride.

Jen dancing in Wedding Jumpsuit with lace back

Jen dancing in her custom made wedding jumpsuit with lace back from her mother’s wedding gown.


Here we have begun making a natural fiber, hemp silk wedding dress, hand painted with Vermont State wildflowers.

Hand painted wildflower wedding dress

Hand painted wildflower wedding dress, on hemp silk, by Tara Lynn.