Gracie Designs by

Grace Lamming

About Grace...

 

Bridal wear, bouquets and accessories...

Working from my home studio in West London, I am inspired by art, vintage fashion and nature and use this inspiration to create unique  textiles pieces, bridal wear and accessories. I believe in working together with a client to create a unique garment or item that incorporates their ideas with my wealth of knowledge. 

 

Make do and mend...

Working as a seamstress I am aware of how much fabric is wasted in the industry. I love to recycle and upcycle materials, fabrics and treasures and to breathe new life into garments and pieces that would otherwise eventually end up in landfill.  My studio is a magpies nest filled to the rafters with assorted beads, fabric scraps, charity shop finds and other goodies just waiting for their new life.

 

Experience and qualifications...

I began sewing when I was a little girl around the age of seven. Inspired by my mother and grandmothers impressive dressmaking skills, I was always on the hunt for scraps of fabric to use for making dolls clothes.

 

I went on to study Textiles at GCSE and A.level, where I expanded my knowledge of the fashion industry and experimented with various techniques that I still use today. I had some time away from the subject whilst completing a Diploma in Foundation Studies for Higher Education in Lens Media at Exeter Colege. I then went on to study Design Photography at The University of Plymouth, during which I concentrated on the nude female form as a photographic subject and wrote about the history of fashion for my final year dissertation.

 

After completing my degree, I worked in numerous positions within the fashion and bridal industry, before taking the leap and becoming a self employed seamstress and textile artist in 2008.

 

In February 2013, I was comissioned to design and make a 1940's costume which was worn by Eva Jones in Edith Piaf The Concert, shown in London and Birmingham.

 

I am currently freelancing as a seamstress for One Night Stand, a designer dress hire company based in Chelsea, London, where I enjoy working on beautiful designer gowns.

 

Alongside creating my own commissioned garments and pieces, I have a list of clients that I have enjoyed working with including:

Heavenly Vintage Bride - a vintage bridal wear company that stocks dresses ranging from the Edwardian era to the 1970's.  

Ticklers London - a refreshing and modern brand of bow ties using the finest fabrics from around the world.

Bonjour Tonton - a unique language learning company starring Tonton the Tortoise and his wonderful bow ties.

 

Sunken Islands and Rock Pools Wall Art Hand crafted Wedding Gown and Accessories Petite Bridal Posy Bouquet