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Sarah Willard Couture

The Best of 2018, Another Wonderful Year At Sugnall

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What a year! It was perhaps our busiest and most creative to date. We’ve sewn hundreds of meters of fabric and many miles of thread! We’ve made pretty and ethereal dresses in french lace, bridal jumpsuits, Dior inspired couture dresses, and all with pockets! And silk chiffon capes, flower embellished veils and sparkly headdresses too! 

#bestnine2019, on Instagram @sarahwillardcouture

#bestnine2019, on Instagram @sarahwillardcouture

Detail of a bespoke veil with hand appliquéd lace flowers ©Sarah Willard Couture

Detail of a bespoke veil with hand appliquéd lace flowers ©Sarah Willard Couture

I feel so lucky to have found my studio opposite Sugnall Walled Garden, on the Staffordshire - Shropshire border. It’s so peaceful and quiet, and I love throwing the windows open and working whilst the birds sing. Occasionally I hear the clip clop of horses hooves going by , the odd tractor and moos from the fields nearby. And all this only a quarter of an hour from the M6 motorway.

#bestnine2019, on Instagram @sarahwillarddesign

#bestnine2019, on Instagram @sarahwillarddesign

The light there is beautiful too, and it’s only on a rainy day in January like today that I have to turn the lights on, otherwise the studio is bathed in gorgeous natural light.

French Lace and Pearl Buttons
©Sarah Willard Couture

©Sarah Willard Couture

French Lace Sleeve With Covered Buttons

We were blessed with creating some of the most beautiful dresses we have ever made, and we’re so lucky to work as couture designers and dressmakers, it really is the best job ever!

Image by  Oxi Photography
Katrina lace and tulle dress ©Sarah Willard Couture

Katrina lace and tulle dress ©Sarah Willard Couture

Silk Mill Studios, Froome, © Sarah Willard Couture 2018

Silk Mill Studios, Froome, © Sarah Willard Couture 2018

We headed south in May to work on a fine art photoshoot at the Sill Mill in Frome, the hedgerows were laden with white flowers all the way. It was a real treat to work with a wonderful team, but as we’re waiting for the images to be published there under wraps for now.

And can we talk about the summer? It seems like ages ago, but for weeks on end it was sunny every single day, and I could throw the door and windows open and enjoy the weather.

Image by Weddings By Amber  @bellesandconfetti

Image by Weddings By Amber @bellesandconfetti

So a huge thank you to our wonderful brides who put their faith in us to create the most important dress of a lifetime. (Oh and we just LOVE seeing your happy confetti photos!!)

Thank you to our loyal couture customers, our families for enabling us to sew through the summers, and to everyone who likes our posts and follows us, tells their friends about us and supports this artisan business.

Simply can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! Wishing you all the Happiest New Year!

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