Knitted Bridal & Occasion-wear by Nicola Sherlock-Windle
Nicola is a fashion knitwear designer (BA Honours) with 15 years experience designing and making bespoke garments.
I make everything from knitted shawls to stunning full length wedding gowns. My area of speciality is knitted garments specifically to be worn over a fabric wedding dress. I have a huge range to choose from including shawls, shrugs, cardishrugs, boleros, jackets and capes. If you can't find the exact shape you're looking for then i can make something specifically to suit your dress. I have different thicknesses of yarn suitable for all the seasons including super light sheer for summer to cosy chunky knits for winter.
My bridal knitwear is made from top quality natural wool sourced from the UK which feels very soft and is gentle against the skin.
Perhaps one of the best parts of choosing one of my shrugs is you can wear it again! A lovely reminder of your special day every time you wear it. Perfect for celebrating your anniversary!
I also make unique knitted wedding dresses which are perfect for the bride who wants something a little different. My bridal service includes an initial chat followed by a visit to either my studio or to Wonderfully Made shop in Todmorden to try on gowns before deciding upon a final design. You can choose from our existing designs as they are or you may want to combine elements of different dresses to your specific requirements. I will then get to work knitting your gown which will take 3-6 months depending on the complexity of the design. You can expect to have 1-2 fittings before completion.
You can trust me for your big day to create a gown that will flatter you and fit your figure perfectly. I will talk you through all stages and ensure you're happy with all aspects of the design.
I also provide an after service where you can have your dress altered so you can wear it again as separates. Most designs will convert to a top and skirt which you can then wear with other items from your wardrobe. This gives you many opportunities to wear your dress again just in a different way!
I also make knitwear for mother of the bride, from simple shawls to full outfits. Mum can expect a made to measures service to ensure a flattering and comfortable fit. I offer a selection of popular colours or you can bring a colour swatch and i can have the yarn dyed especially to your colour of choice. Mum may want to choose an outfit made up of separate pieces which gives lots of opportunities to mix and match with other items from her wardrobe once the big day is over.
I also make outfits/accessories for bridesmaids and flower girls. Shrugs, shawls and capes are popular for bridesmaids to be worn over a regular fabric dress. You can have the yarn dyed especially so they coordinate with the dresses. Just bring along a colour swatch! Flower girls can have a mini version made of their mum’s shrug/dress which looks absolutely adorable.
You can pop into 'Wonderfully Made' Shop in Todmorden for a look at a selection of my work or you can contact me for a no obligation informal chat about your bridal needs. Follow me on Facebook to keep updated with new designs or to see photos of all my previous work. Do have a look at my archive of happy brides whilst you're there!