Lila Rose’s (first (and second)) Design Proposal

© 2011 Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

After my Design Consultation with Lila Rose, I spent many hours thoughtfully considering all of our ideas as I delved into designing!  I needed to create a colorful wedding dress that encompassed all of the bride’s wants into one cohesive budget-friendly design that I could stand behind.  The pencil sketch above is what I came up with first for Lila Rose.

It has the sleek tailored look she likes, the pleated stand-up collar that she wanted, her pencil skirt, her bustle and her removable train.  The train would be worn during the ceremony and then taken off for the reception to reveal the “bustle”.   Like this:

© 2011 Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture


For a detailed look at what inspired this design, you can view Lila Rose’s entire (first) Design Proposal Website by clicking here.


By now, you are probably wondering why I am mentioning that this is the “first” Design Proposal!  While Lila Rose loved the design enough to go ahead and book the dress, she still was not quite happy with it.  She didn’t think that it was “wild” enough.

I thought perhaps the fact that these were pencil sketches for a dress that would be made from brightly colored fabrics, might be a factor in Lila Rose’s disappointment.  To me, this dress seems pretty “wild”.  How was she not seeing it?

I knew that she was interested in possibly having a bright print under the train, so I went shopping and found some gorgeous fabrics that might add a “wilder” touch.  I quickly came up with two new color versions of the sketch above, to see if it was closer to what Lila Rose had envisioned herself wearing on her wedding day.

© 2012 Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
© 2012 Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Pretty wild, right?  I presented these revised sketches and info to Lila Rose in her Second Design Proposal and was anxious to hear if this cleared things up for her!


While she again really loved the designs, she was still concerned that it was “too conservative” for her wedding day.  I realized that there was still something missing for her, and that I was not quite hitting the mark yet.

I went back to the drawing board (and Pinboards) and started sketching two new ideas.


Next post, I’ll show you Lila Rose’s next round of awesome designs!  (One of which she was actually very happy with!!)


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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

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