Dressing for the BAFTAS

Last night was a very exciting night, it was the Scottish BAFTAs in which I was dressing two nominated Actresses for the evening.

The first lady was Rachel Jackson who was in a movie starring and directed by Karen Gillan. Her movie was up for Best Film. Rachel choose the Julianna dress in a powder blue colour. Here she is with the Cast and Crew on the red carpet.

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The second dress was for Best Actress Winner Shauna MacDonald. She was presented the award by the cast of Outlander. Well Done Shauna on becoming a BAFTA winning Actress!

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Bridesmaids of 2018

October sees the end of the wedding season for this year. Looking back on the last 10 months I’ve picked out a few of my customers to show off their amazing Bride Tribes.

Working along side me these Brides came up with their own ideas to make their wedding day have the WOW factor. Thank you to everyone who let me be part of their big day.

We are now open to 2019 orders. Book your appointment here.

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 Photo -   The Gibsons  .

Photo - The Gibsons.

 Photo-   The Gibsons  .

Photo- The Gibsons.

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Having your Bridesmaid dresses made.

Working along side Brides, my favourite thing is creating their dream Bridesmaid and Wedding dresses. Our first appointment involves chatting over some ideas and looking at fabric samples. From there the design is sketched out and measurements are taken.

The dresses are than made up in a basic form which is then fitted to the figure to suit each Bridesmaid. You may need 2-3 fittings for this process.

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 Process of making the dress.

Process of making the dress.

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 Final fitting.

Final fitting.

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 Photo-   The Gibsons.
 Photo-   The Gibsons.

Book your appointment to start your creation here.







Collaboration with Gok Wan

This summer I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely Bride who had came to me with the prospect of a collaboration with Stylist and Presenter Gok Wan. 

Megan was not your ordinary Bride and wanted something completely different from the regular Ivory traditional wedding dress. She was laid back, fun and quirky, and we wanted to reflect that in her dress. Gok came up with a design that used the lovey beaded lace Megan and I chose together and working alongside both Gok and Megan we created this beauty....

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Our Wedding Dresses of 2017

2017 brought some amazing dresses to life. Bridal design is an avenue I really wanted to venture into and in 2017 we did just that with some beautiful custom designs created. 

Here are 4 of the custom bridal dresses that were part of the year. 

Amee's dress was for a beautiful Kensington Palace wedding. She came to me with an idea and we selected the lace from a variety of samples. Amee lives in London so we had two fittings over the process of the dress taking shape. We also made a matching cathedral veil to finish off the design.

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Navada was our next bride. Believe it or not Amee and Navada's weddings were on the same day! 

Navada came to me with an idea and chose a fully beaded sparkle lace. She chose matching sleeve accessories and a chocker. 

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Eilidh was our next bride. She is a old high school friend from Dunoon who WON her wedding at The Lodge on the Goil!

Eilidh had seen a style she liked elements off and we decided to combine design elements but turn it into her own. She chose sparkle lace and an organza bottom.

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 Eilidh during her first fitting.

Eilidh during her first fitting.

Claire Louise was our last bride of the year. She has a lovely winter wedding. Claire Louise booked her wedding dress in and then the next day found out she was pregnant! I think she is overdue 1 week as I write this so thinking of you!

Claire Louise stuck with her original design prior to finding out she was pregnant. We fitted it around her bump- however with her growing bump we had to leave making the dress to around 3 weeks before the wedding! 

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This year we hope to welcome more brides to have their dress made for their big day.  To book an appointment click here.

A Wedding Dress for Kensington Palace

I had the exciting pleasure of making a wedding dress for my friend of 13 years Amee whom got married at Kensington Palace in July. Not only did I make the wedding dress but also the Bridesmaid outfits, Flower girls, Page boys, ties, bow ties, waistcoat and veil....phewww.

Amee came to me with a vision and we worked together to choose a lace that would work with with her design. We used a nude stretch satin for the backing which gave comfort and meant we could make it nice and fitted. 

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Firstly we cut the backing fabric and then cut the lace in the same panels.

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We used the lace edging as detail along the dipped back and also added an illusion tulle to appliqué on the lace.

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We used 21 mts of edging on the dress which included the bottom and the veil. 

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Here you can see we cut around the appliqués and added them onto the illusion tulle.

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All the appliqués were hand sewn onto the bottom tulle and tule lengths were added for drama. Amee lives in London so we only had two fittings to get it right!

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Here is Amee's dress with the veil added in the vestibule at Kensington palace.

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Amee is the founder of Spanish Stray Dogs and of course she had her two rescue dogs attend the palace wedding! 

Photo :  Dave Evans of www.west.je 

Bridesmaids

Here are the Bridesmaid skirts and tops and the tartan ties made for the big day.

   Photos   www.west.je  

  Photos  www.west.je 

Custom Made Wedding Dress For Navada

Little do I enjoy more that getting to design a wedding dress with £100 a metre beaded fabric! I worked with Navada to create her vision she had for her big day. Custom making a dress means I have the customer work with me every step of the way. The dress usually evolves as we go.

First was choosing the fabric. Navada choose a beautiful beaded lace with lots of embellishment. We built it on a nude underlay to show off the lace pattern to its full. The nude stretch fabric stabilises the lace also.

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We used the stunning edging along each edge of the bodice top.

The main body of the dress before it's sewn together. With beaded fabric you have to take off all the beading in the seam allowance which takes AGES!

The bottom skirt was cut out of a full circle shape to give lots of volume. There was also an extra piece added into the centre back to give an even larger train.

 We used an opaque stiff fabric to stiffen the lace so it had some body to it.

We used an opaque stiff fabric to stiffen the lace so it had some body to it.

Once the length was decided we could start to add the detailed adding by hand.

This was the first proper fitting and to check that the dress was going in the right direction.

 These shots were taken at   Cross Cashmere   HQ with the gorgeous   unisex wrap  . £489.

These shots were taken at Cross Cashmere HQ with the gorgeous unisex wrap. £489.

Photo - Lynne McCrossan, Cross Cashmere HQ.

Opposite Attraction

I've known my friend Lynne McCrossan for a good few years. When we first met we were both involved with fashion. Lynne was a style writer for the Evening News and I was trying to start my dress label. Both young(ish) , free and without a care in the world. Over the years of knowing her, we have evolved into Mumma's and fight the same constant battle of juggling business and motherhood.  

Lynne launched a luxurious cashmere label Cross Cashmere last year, and with my new Bridesmaid collection in the making, we decided to have an afternoon of shooting and styling.

Although similar in many ways, style is not one of them. In fact I would say we are pretty opposite as you are about to see as Lynne styles her cashmeres with my dresses.

All the images are shot by Lynne at Cross Cashmere HQ with Caitlin as our model.

 Carolyn Baxter Circle Skirt £130. Cross Cashmere   T-shirt   £260

Carolyn Baxter Circle Skirt £130. Cross Cashmere T-shirt £260

 Carolyn Baxter Circle Skirt £130. Cross Cashmere   T-Shirt   £260.

Carolyn Baxter Circle Skirt £130. Cross Cashmere T-Shirt £260.

 Olivia dress £255. Cross Cashmere  wrap  £489.

Olivia dress £255. Cross Cashmere wrap £489.

Olivia dress £255. Medium Bow waistband £27. Cross Cashmere Cable jumper £435.

 Ariel Wedding dress £1300.

Ariel Wedding dress £1300.

 Ariel Wedding Dress £1300 with large bow £40. Cross cashmere Houndstooth £349.

Ariel Wedding Dress £1300 with large bow £40. Cross cashmere Houndstooth £349.

 Oral Dress £250 with medium bow £27. 

Oral Dress £250 with medium bow £27. 

Oral Dress £255 with medium bow £27. Cross Cashmere t-shirt £260.

Oral dress £250 with Medium Bow £27 and Cross Cashmere T-shirt £260.

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Three ways to wear the silver circle skirt

The circle skirt is a favourite for Bridesmaids this year. Our most popular colour (silver) is a real show stopper.  Here I have shown three different ways it has been styled for the big day....

 These ladies combined the skirts with ivory lace crops with short sleeves.

These ladies combined the skirts with ivory lace crops with short sleeves.

 Katie and her maids all went for their own versions. We turned two into a dress and all three wore grey shimmer lace tops we made to match. We have a variety of lace colours to choose from to match your skirt shade.

Katie and her maids all went for their own versions. We turned two into a dress and all three wore grey shimmer lace tops we made to match. We have a variety of lace colours to choose from to match your skirt shade.

Rhianne's girls wore theirs with a long sleeved ivory crop. These tops were a bit more fitted than the previous short sleeved versions. 

 These are some of the lace colour shades we have available to match to your skirt shades.

These are some of the lace colour shades we have available to match to your skirt shades.

To book an appointment to have a look at the skirts along with the colour options click here.

Bridesmaid Heaven

This year I have seen a boom in Bridesmaid orders. I am so overwhelmed with the amount of recommendations and new customers looking for me to play such a part in their big day. 

Here are a few of my favourites from previous years...

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 If you're interested in booking in for an appointment to chat bridesmaids then you can do it via the home page or send us a wee mail. carolyn@carolynbaxter.co.uk.  Prices from £120-£260.

If you're interested in booking in for an appointment to chat bridesmaids then you can do it via the home page or send us a wee mail. carolyn@carolynbaxter.co.uk.

Prices from £120-£260.