Commission

The following shows dresses I have been commisioned to make for various clients for their special occassions and some testimonials.


It is always lovely and much appreciated to receive photos of you wearing your wedding dress on the day and I would love to be able to feature your dress on this page. Not only is it nice for me to get feedback from you but it also helps future brides to see what I can do and hear of your experience.

Purple lace

Purple lace

Erica

An ivory chiffon blousson top over a crepe fitted bodice, with a column skirt of beaded guipure lace over a crepe lining. Made by Susie Grist Couture

The Design

Erica's dress design changed slightly throughout the making process until we had the perfect style. 

An ivory chiffon blousson top over a crepe fitted bodice, with a column skirt of beaded guipure lace over a crepe lining. It has a crystal beaded trim at the waistline and is fastened with covered buttons Made by Susie Grist Couture

The Dress

The bodice had a blousson chiffon top to give the floaty diaphanous feel, with a fitted crepe satin under bodice to create shape, with a boat shaped neckline and lace sleeves to match the skirt. It fastened with delicate covered buttons at the back.

 

For the skirt she went for a  slightly fitted column shape made from crepe satin  with a gorgeous beaded Guipure lace over layer. The waistband was finished off with a beautiful crystal and pearl trim.

An ivory chiffon blousson top over a crepe fitted bodice, with a column skirt of beaded guipure lace over a crepe lining. It has a crystal beaded trim at the waistline and is fastened with covered buttons Made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

 Susie did a fantastic job in making my wedding dress. She was creative, endlessly patient and the final result was a beautiful dress. Her attention to detail is second to none and she made the whole process enjoyable I highly recommend anyone who wants a bespoke wedding dress to contact Susie and I am sure you will not be disappointed 

Photographs by Christy Blanch Photography

Lucy

Lucy in her gorgeous Maggie Sottero beaded gown that I altered for the perfect fit.

I had the absolute pleasure of altering Lucy's beautiful Maggie Sottero gown for the perfect fit.

Lucy in her gorgeous Maggie Sottero beaded gown that I altered for the perfect fit.

It had the most gorgeously intricate beaded design 

Lucy in her gorgeous Maggie Sottero beaded gown that I altered for the perfect fit.

Review

" Susie turned my beautiful Maggie Sottero dress into one that was like it was made to measure. It fitted me yet was so comfortable to wear all day long and the length was perfect. My dress had a lot of beadwork and lace and I could only trust Susie with this, after I saw the intricate work she did creating my sister's wedding dress from scratch. She has a lovely fitting room as well, the fittings were very efficient, calming yet exciting at the same time. Thank you :)"


Photos by Nicola Norton Photography 

Amy

A satin sweetheart under bodice with an ivory lace v-neck illusion top attached to a silk Catherine Deane skirt which I also added a net petticoat to.

Silk Skirt

Amy found her gorgeous silk chiffon Catherine Deane skirt but wanted it changed slightly. We made the underskirt fuller and added a small net petticoat to hold the skirt out and we also distribute the gathers evenly around the waist.

A satin sweetheart under bodice with an ivory lace v-neck illusion top attached to a silk Catherine Deane skirt which I also added a net petticoat to.

Lace And Satin Bodice

The next stage was to make a satin bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a v-neck lace overlay, with low back to attach to the skirt waistband to complete the dress. 


A satin sweetheart under bodice with an ivory lace v-neck illusion top attached to a silk Catherine Deane skirt which I also added a net petticoat to.

Review

 Susie did an absolutely fantastic job of making my wedding dress earlier this year! I had found a sample Catherine Deane silk chiffon wedding skirt, which I loved, and was hoping to have a lace bodice made to turn it into a dress. After meeting Susie, I knew she was the person to do it - she completely understood what I had in mind and was really helpful, responsive and willing to accommodate every adjustment I asked for, no matter how small. She also did a brilliant job of altering the dresses for my two bridesmaids and is generally just a really lovely and friendly person to work with. My dress turned out even better than I could have imagined, thanks to Susie's incredible skill and vision, and was completely transformed from the original skirt that I brought to her. The quality of the finished dress was amazing and I was so thrilled to wear it for my wedding - I particularly loved swishing it around for our first dance! Thank you so much, Susie! :) 


Photos by Amethyst Photography 

& Amy herself


Yvonne

White wedding dress with a pleated cross over bodice with  white beaded lace sleeves. The full skirt of tulle and satin sat over a boned net petticoat.

Pleated Bodice

Samantha wanted a white satin dress with a pleated bodice, beaded lace sleeves and front and back lace inserts at the top of the bodice

Beaded lace edging sewn to the hem of the tulle skirt

Lace Detail

The circular skirt was made from  white satin and three layers of white tulle.

8m of beaded lace trim was hand sewn to the hem of the tulle skirt.

White wedding dress with a pleated cross over bodice with  white beaded lace sleeves. The full skirt of tulle and satin sat over a boned net petticoat. worn with a crystal embellished white cathedral length veil

Review

"100% recommend. Susie went out of her way and the result is a beautiful dress and veil. All round superb, thank you!"

Mary

Mary wearing her 1950's style lace and tulle wedding dress that I altered for a perfect fit

When Mary picked up her dress from the shop she was very unhappy with the fit and the way it had been made. 

With some alterationsm for a perfect fit, replacement sleeves and a new improved petticoat she fell back in love with her dress. 

Mary wearing her 1950's style lace and tulle wedding dress that I altered for a perfect fit

Review

"Both my sister and I went to Susie with our wedding dresses (My sisters wedding was in July and mine in September). I had already bought my dress 18 months prior to my wedding and so I had plenty of time to get it altered. When I got my dress back from the wedding dress shop I was more than underwhelmed. The dress was completely ill fitting, the sleeves were too small and the dress was massive. The petticoat was shoddily made and ugly. So I went to Susie with a dress I had spent a lot of money on and hated! I had many sleepless nights over that dress and almost bought another one. Susie was the saviour of that dress. She completely redid the lace sleeves so that they fit. She made the bodice smaller and made a new petticoat and underskirt for it. She changed my dress from something I absolutely hated into something I loved. I looked great on the day, the best day of my life and a lot of that was because of the way she totally transformed that dress.   The bridesmaids dresses were also designer from The Pretty Dress Company. Therefore the sizes were interesting to say the least. Susie did extensive alterations for one bridesmaid and the other two also had some alterations to theirs. They all looked stunning on the day and absolutely love their dresses.  Susie instills confidence and calm into even the most stressed out and worried person. She makes masterpieces that fit perfectly. She replies to emails quickly and is unbelievably accommodating and kind.   I would highly recommend her services. I am sure we will use her services again."

Mary wearing her 1950's style lace and tulle wedding dress that I altered for a perfect fit along with her bridesmaids in their gorgeous floral dresses that I also altered.

Bridesmaids

I also had the pleasure of altering the

 gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for these lovely girls. 


Photos by Carol Elizabeth Photography

Natasha

Ivory satin wedding cape and dress made by Susie Grist Couture

The Dress

I loved working with this gorgeous bride in making her amazing dress and cape. She had a very clear vision of what she wanted. 


The dess had simple clean lines to show off the cape.

Ivory satin wedding cape and dress made by Susie Grist Couture

The Cape

The main focal point was the ivory satin cape. It was very full with shaped shoulders and a small train at the back. 

Ivory satin wedding cape and dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie was incredible I knew from the word go she totally understood what I wanted for my wedding dress. I wanted something different a long silky gown and floor length cape with powerful shoulder pads! And Susie did just that. It was so great to see it in all of the stages. Never once did she try to change the original concept and showed real enthusiasm to do something a bit different. I went to one dress shop on the high street and it just wasn’t for me. As soon as I met Susie I felt full of confidence that she would be able to make the dress. I was so thrilled with the outcome it looked like something off the run way. I am just thinking of what she could make for me next. Susie is incredibley efficient, hard working and passionate about your dress. I couldn’t recommend her enough."

Anne

Ivory fingertip veil with decorative edging  made by Susie Grist Couture

I helped this gorgeous bride with the alterations to her beautiful David Tutera gown and made a veil from ivory tulle.

I also made two bridesmaid dresses from teal satin with a chiffon bodice and skirt ovelay and ruched teal satin at the wasitline.

Two adult teal satin and chiffon bridesmaid dresses and a pink satin flower girl dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie made the whole pre wedding experience more enjoyable than I could of hoped for. I like the idea of looking like a princess the actual doing fills me with nerves. The experience was relaxed, professional, accommodating appointments, never felt rushed.  Susie designed and made bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride outfit and flower girl dress for my 4 year old, making us all feel so special and unique.  Thank you Susie"

Blush pink flower girl dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Flowergirl

I also made this cute flowergirl dress from pale pink satin and the bodice had a lace overlay with 3d pink flowers. The multi-layered petticoat was edged with pink satin  The perfect dress for twirling in.


Photos by Colette Langton Photography

Margaret

Mother of the bride navy trousers, floral top and aqua swing jacket made by Susie Grist Couture

This gorgeous Mother of the Bride wanted an outfit that was smart and comfortable. Not being a dress person she was a bit unsure what to wear.  She knew what colours she liked and she wanted a floral top. Once we found that fabric everything else fell into place. 

Mother of the bride navy trousers, floral top and aqua swing jacket made by Susie Grist Couture

The jacket was a loose swing jacket in aqua satin. The top with a cowl neckline had a beautiful floral pattern that we cut to be assymetric and we completed the outfit with a pair of navy trousers. 


Photos by Colette Langton Photography

Mother of the bride navy trousers, floral top and aqua swing jacket made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie did a marvellous job in creating and making the " mother of the bride" outfit. I enjoyed having my input in the process too. I felt wonderful on THE DAY and I was told by a guest that I looked beautiful. Now I don't think this has ever happened to me before. So it was thanks to Susie for all her patience and skill. So happy"

Caitlin 's Christening

Ivory satin flower girl style dress with hand beaded lace bodice, pleated satin skirt ad pink sash with flower corsage, made for a 5 year olds christening. Made by Susie Grist Couture

This lovely ivory satin dress was made for a Christening.


The ivory satin bodice was overlayed with ivory lace and had Swarovski crystals added and had a pink satin band at the waistline

Ivory satin flower girl style dress with hand beaded lace bodice, pleated satin skirt ad pink sash with flower corsage, made for a 5 year olds christening. Made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie is brilliant at what she does. Susie’s attention to detail is fantastic and comes up with the most beautiful designs."

The ivory net petticoat edged with pink satin bias binding for the ivory satin flower girl style dress made for a 5 year olds christening by Susie Grist Couture

The full ivory satin skirt was pleated at the waistline and had a multi-layered ivory net petticoat with the edges trimmed in pink satin.

Laura

1950's style ivory satin wedding dress with halter neck and a full pleated skirt. The net petticoat has been edged with tartan silk bias binding. Made by Susie Grist Couture

This Ivory halterneck 1950's style dress had a ballerina length pleated skirt with multi-layers of net petticoat.


This lovely bride wanted to reflect her scottish heritage and decided to have the layers of the net petticoat edged in tartan silk and the buttons at the back were also covered in the matching tartan.

1950's style ivory satin wedding dress with halter neck and a full pleated skirt. The net petticoat has been edged with tartan silk bias binding. Made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie is amazing at her job She made everything about my dress perfect from measurements to finishing touches"

1950's style bridesmaid dress in purple satin with a silk tartan band at the waist and the multi-layered net petticoat edged in satin bias binding in blue, white and green to match the tartan. Made by Susie Grist Couture

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids were made in a similar 1950's style in the colours of the tartan. Purple satin for the dress and the net petticoat had layers of green, white and blue net edged in satin. There was also a tartan band at the waist to bring it all together.

Jo

Blush pink satin and chiffon wedding dress with a silk ivory chiffon beaded bodice made by Susie Grist Couture

Blush satin bodice with a low front v-neckline overlayed with an ivory silk chiffon decorated with pearls and sequins. 

Blush pink wedding dress with a silk ivory beaded chiffon bodice and blush satin and chiffon skirt. Made by Susie Grist Couture

The full gathetred skirt with train is made from blush satin and a blush chiffon overlay.

Blush pink wedding dress with a silk ivory beaded chiffon bodice and blush satin and chiffon skirt. Made by Susie Grist Couture

Photos

 by SLR Photography

Shannon

Beach style wedding dress with a white lace bodice and spaghetti straps. The full chiffon skirt was made in panels using 3 different shades of blue/aqua. Made by Susie Grist Couture

This lovely bride was getting married abroad in the Caribbean and wanted something light and floaty.

Beach style wedding dress with a white lace bodice and spaghetti straps. The full chiffon skirt was made in panels using 3 different shades of blue/aqua. Made by Susie Grist Couture

The bodice was made from white satin with spaghetti straps and overlayed with white lace.

Beach style wedding dress with a white lace bodice and spaghetti straps. The full chiffon skirt was made in panels using 3 different shades of blue/aqua. Made by Susie Grist Couture

The skirt had a white satin base and was overlayed with  a chiffon skirt made from three different shades of aqua.

Zoe

Ivory satin and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture

An ivory satin and chiffon princess line dress with sweetheart front neckline and a low v-back. The bodice has a lace overlay with sleeves and covered button fastening. The skirt falls into a soft A-line with a small train

Ivory satin and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture
Ivory satin and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Review

"Susie worked exceptionally hard to produce an incredibly beautiful dress for my wedding day. She listened closely and worked with me to produce exactly what I wanted, providing professional advice on design and fabric choice so that we ended up with a fantastic result. I cannot recommend Susie highly enough!"

Rachael

Ivory satin, chiffon and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Ivory satin sweetheart neckline, empire line bodice with a lace overlay with a v-neckline and sleeves. The skirt is bias cut satin with a ruched bias cut chiffon overlay, embellished with lace motives, a small kick train edged in lace and covered button fastening

Ivory satin, chiffon and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Rachael's wedding was held in Disneyland Florida

Ivory satin, chiffon and lace wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture

Rebecca

Prom dress bespoke beadwork designed and hand sewn by Susie Grist Couture

Prom Dress

An aqua satin and chiffon empire line  prom dress with a sweetheart neckline and a bespoke daisy beadwork pattern on the bodice. A full circular satin and chiffon floor length skirt.

Prom dress bespoke beadwork designed and hand sewn by Susie Grist Couture
Aqua prom dress with bespoke beadwork hand sewn by Susie Grist Couture

Steph

Red silk satin halter-neck wedding dress and matching tie made by Susie Grist Couture

A red silk satin halter neck empire line wedding dress with a full A-line skirt. 

The groom is wearing a matching tie from the silk satin fabric.


Red silk satin halter-neck wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture
Red silk satin halter-neck wedding dress made by Susie Grist Couture