The story of Bernadette’s fitted lace wedding dress with sleeves

" seemed so easy to feel her lovely energy"

A custom made lace wedding dress with sleeves

I really enjoyed making a wedding dress out of lace for Bernadette. When Bernadette walked into my studio, I clearly remember her beautiful smile and soft curly brown hair. She sent out a sexy and elegant aura. As we began sketching her custom couture gown, it seemed so easy to feel her lovely energy and in particular, I noticed her love for hearts and pearls…


…as we continued creating we decided on a fitted all over lace dress that finished with a swooping train. A look that showed off her elegant curvaceous figure with see-through lace sleeves for a sexy and modest feel.


We custom made a pearl beaded belt to emphasise her waist with a heart detail feature in the front. Bernadette loved the idea of contrasting her red high heels. We matched her pearl heart beaded belt with red suede high heels that were covered with red hearts.


The styling aspect for me and completing the whole look for my brides is something very special. In our bridal shop we finished the look with a pearl beaded wrist cuff that was attached to a ring worn on her hand and a dainty hair clip to emphasise her beautiful smile and soft curls.

What did the bride think about her new wedding dress?

“Getting married is so exciting, but stressful also! Catherine made my journey pain-free, peaceful and fun, we had such an amazing time working on my dress, she supported me and understood what I wanted. The fit of my wedding dress that she custom made was amazing, as was the design! I felt so beautiful on my wedding day, thank you Catherine for being part of this amazing journey with me!”

A lace wedding dress can be elegant and timelesss


When it comes to custom bridal attire, lace transcends mere material; it embodies a timeless elegance and a canvas for intricate personalisation. Lace is a material that boasts a rich history deeply intertwined with luxury and craftsmanship. 


Archaeological evidence suggests lace-like fabrics existed in ancient civilisations, with documented examples emerging in Europe during the 16th century. The meticulous process of creating lace, often by hand, imbued the material with a sense of exclusivity and artistry. This heritage of meticulous creation fosters a connection to the past, adding a layer of romantic sentiment to a bride’s wedding dress when it is used in modern times.


The beauty of lace lies in its remarkable diversity. From the delicate florals of Chantilly lace to the bold geometric patterns of Alençon lace, each variety offers a unique aesthetic. This spectrum of styles allows for a customised wedding dress design that can suit any body shape. For a bride seeking a classic silhouette, a bodice adorned with Chantilly lace evokes a timeless elegance. Alternatively, a modern bride might opt for the graphic lines of Art Deco-inspired lace for a touch of contemporary flair.


Lace’s open weave creates a captivating interplay of light and shadow. This characteristic can be strategically employed to accentuate a bride’s figure. Delicate lace appliqués strategically placed on the bodice can subtly define the waistline, while an illusion neckline crafted from sheer lace adds a touch of ethereal mystery. This interplay of light and shadow allows the dressmaker to sculpt the garment to flatter the bride’s form, ensuring a truly personalised fit.


The customisability of a lace wedding dress extends beyond the selection of lace type. Skilled wedding dress makers can manipulate lace to create stunning details. Layering different lace patterns can introduce textural depth, while meticulously placed appliqués can add a touch of whimsical charm. This collaborative process between bride and dressmaker allows for the creation of a one-of-a-kind garment that reflects the bride’s personality and style.


The inherent durability of many lace varieties ensures the wedding dress becomes a cherished heirloom. Properly cared for, lace gowns can withstand the test of time, becoming treasured keepsakes to be passed down through generations so a bride can hand it to her daughter to wear. This enduring quality imbues the dress with a sense of history, a tangible reminder of a momentous occasion.

A few common questions about buying a lace wedding dress

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A fitted piece of clothing like a wedding dress is designed so that it is the same size and shape as your body. It can emphasise all of your elegant features perfectly.

Well as the name suggests a beautifully crafted fitted wedding dress should follow the contours of your shoulders, back and buttocks without pulling or bubbling up. Every element of the design takes into consideration your body shape so that it fits your body perfectly and looks sensational if you are seated or walking.

At Catherine Colubriale we offer a choice for our clients whether they require a wedding dress, evening gown or something unique for a special event.

The types of dresses can include;

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Column
  • Mermaid
  • Tea Length
  • Ball Gown
  • Sheath
  • Fit and flare


depending on what selection you make there is then a choice of colours and materials we can work with to create something truly unique.

Knowing which wedding dress style will suit you best is one of the hardest things for any woman to figure out on their own. That is the benefit of visiting an experienced courtier like Catherine who can help you discover the right design choices. 

Catherine has over 30 years of experience custom making dresses for thousands of women of all types of body shapes and sizes. 

Catherine will make you feel comfortable so that you can explore ideas with her that will fit your body perfectly & leave you feeling amazing as soon as you put the dress on for the first time.

While lace offers undeniable beauty and historical significance for a wedding dress, practicality is a valid concern. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of using lace for a custom gown:


  • Versatility: Lace comes in a wide variety of weights, patterns, and textures, allowing for customisation to suit different styles and desired levels of formality.

  • Flattering: Lace can be strategically used to accentuate a bride’s figure and create an illusion of a slimmer waist or a more defined bust line.

  • Breathability: Many lace varieties are more breathable than heavier fabrics like satin, offering comfort during the wedding ceremony and reception.

  • Durability: High-quality lace, especially when properly cared for, can be surprisingly durable and become a cherished heirloom.


  • Delicacy: Lace, particularly finer varieties, can be delicate and prone to snags or tears. This requires careful handling during wear and cleaning.

  • Warmth: Depending on the lace type and density, it might not be ideal for hot weather weddings as it can trap heat.

  • Price: High-quality lace can be expensive, and the intricate work involved in incorporating it can increase the overall cost of the dress.

  • Movement: Depending on the design, a heavily laced dress might restrict movement compared to a more flowing fabric. This could be a concern if the bride desires a lot of freedom for dancing or other activities.

Also consider:

  • Wedding Location and Season: Opt for lighter, more breathable laces for warmer weather weddings. Denser laces might be more suitable for cooler climates.

  • Wedding Activities: If the wedding involves a lot of movement (dancing, outdoor activities), a less restrictive lace design or a combination with a more forgiving fabric might be ideal.

  • Level of Formality: For a very formal setting, a more structured lace with a heavier weight might be appropriate. A more casual wedding could allow for a lighter, more whimsical lace design.

Ultimately, the decision of whether lace is practical depends on the bride’s priorities and the specific details of the wedding. By understanding both the beauty and potential drawbacks of lace, a bride can make an informed choice that reflects her personal style and needs.

Lace is a delicate fabric made from yarn or thread, characterised by open designs and patterns created through a variety of different methods. Lace fabric was originally made from silk and linen, but today cotton thread and synthetic fibers are both used to create unique lace designs or patterns. Lace can be used for all kinds of clothing including new wedding dresses that are custom made.

Lace has graced wedding dresses for centuries, making it a symbol of tradition, refinement, and elegance. It goes well beyond the physical characteristics and it has a time-honoured value that aligns perfectly with the sanctity of marriage, making it a preferred choice for brides seeking a classic and timeless loo.

Throughout history and in contemporary culture, lace has come to symbolise several things:

  • Tradition and Refinement: For centuries, lace has been associated with luxury and meticulous craftsmanship. Its presence in a wedding dress evokes a sense of timeless elegance and connects the bride to a rich heritage.
  • Purity and Innocence: The delicate nature of lace, particularly lighter varieties, has historically been associated with purity and innocence. This association adds a layer of symbolism to the white color typically associated with wedding gowns.
  • Romance and Femininity: The intricate details and floral patterns often found in lace evoke a sense of romance and femininity. This aligns perfectly with the romantic ideals associated with weddings.
  • Individuality and Customisation: The vast array of lace types allows for a high degree of personalisation. A bride can choose a lace pattern or technique that reflects her personality and creates a one-of-a-kind gown.

Lace is probably going to be an excellent choice for wedding dresses until the end of time. It has been used since the 1600s. The painstaking detail and handiwork that went into this fabric meant that it was incredibly expensive, reserved only for aristocracy and royals, until the 19th century.

These days you can use lace to make an absolutely fantastic looking wedding dress, but it depends on your priorities and the overall vision you have for your special day. 

Pros of Lace:

  • Timeless Beauty: Lace offers a classic and elegant look that never goes out of style. It adds a touch of romance and femininity to your wedding dress.
  • Versatility: Lace comes in a wide variety of styles, from delicate florals to bold geometric patterns. This allows you to find a lace that perfectly complements your desired look, whether it’s vintage-inspired, modern minimalist, or anything in between.
  • Flattering: Lace can be used strategically to create a slimming effect or accentuate your curves.
  • Breathability: Many laces are more breathable than heavier fabrics like satin, keeping you comfortable during the ceremony and reception.
  • Potential Heirloom: High-quality lace, with proper care, can become a cherished keepsake to be passed down through generations.

Cons of Lace:

  • Delicacy: Lace, especially finer varieties, can be delicate and prone to snags or tears. This requires careful handling throughout the day and during cleaning.
  • Warmth: Denser laces might trap heat, making them less ideal for hot weather weddings.
  • Cost: High-quality lace can be expensive, and intricate lacework can increase the overall dress cost.
  • Movement: A heavily laced dress might restrict movement compared to a more flowing fabric. Consider this if you want to dance freely or participate in outdoor activities.


Here’s how to decide if lace is right for you:

Think about your priorities: Do you value tradition and elegance above all else? Or is practicality (like ease of movement or comfort in hot weather) more important?

Is it a formal or casual event? What’s the climate like? Knowing these details will help you choose a lace type that works for the occasion.

A skilled wedding dressmaker can advise you on different lace types and how they can be used to achieve your desired look while considering practicality.

With elegant patterns, intricate designs, and a variety of laces to choose from, a lace wedding dress is always going to be in style. It is a timeless fabric that is perfect for new wedding dresses to be made from. Whether you choose the timeless option of a long sleeve lace wedding dress or something cool and contemporary with a bold or oversized pattern, lace wedding dresses will always be in style.


Lace wedding dresses are not only still in style, but they are experiencing a resurgence in popularity because;

  • Timeless Appeal: Lace offers a classic and elegant look that transcends trends. It continues to be a symbol of romance and sophistication, making it a perfect choice for brides who want a dress that will never go out of style.
  • Modern Interpretations: Designers are constantly innovating with lace, incorporating it into fresh and modern silhouettes. From clean lines and minimalist designs to dramatic off-the-shoulder sleeves and daring sheer panels, there’s a lace wedding dress to suit every taste.
  • Versatility of Lace: The beauty of lace lies in its diversity. From delicate Chantilly lace to bold geometric Alençon lace, there’s a type that complements any style, whether you’re a romantic bride dreaming of a fairytale gown or a modern minimalist seeking a sleek and sophisticated look.
  • Customisation Potential: Lace allows for a high degree of personalisation. You can choose a specific type of lace, have it appliqued onto a different fabric, or even incorporate coloured lace for a unique touch. This allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress that reflects your personality.

While trends may come and go, lace remains a mainstay in bridal fashion. So, if you’ve always dreamed of a lace wedding dress, rest assured it’s a timeless choice that allows for endless possibilities to create a gown that reflects your unique style and makes you feel beautiful on your wedding day.

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Catherine Colubriale
Catherine Colubriale

Australian wedding dress designer

About Catherine

Catherine is a courtier with over 30 years experience designing bridal gowns, wedding dresses & bridal wear. Catherine has worked for global icons like Elizabeth Ardern & Mary Kay.

You can visit Catherine’s bridal shop in Paddington Sydney.

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