No.9 Bridal Couture- Additions to the website.

We are repeatedly commended on our bespoke website and strive to instill confidence in our product  to our clients by way of great images and layout.

The team at Bist, Nick Carlton especially, undertook the task of producing what we believe is a fabulous site. (Nick also designed our logo) Nick has also been commended that it’s one of the best websites his team have built and after an amazing shoot in April this year, we had a few extra pages to add. We deliberated on what to lose and what to keep so as to keep the site fresh and clean without too much clutter. We appreciate that many clients look at websites during lunch hours so wanted  the site more visual rather than long write ups! Everyone loves pictures right?

We want to showcase not only that we provide gowns for brides to be, but occasion wear and Prom. We even threw in a few knicker shots. yes, we ‘do’ lingerie too! Having our own You Tube channel meant we could incorporate our fabulous DVD film to the site, but felt it placed better here on the blog. We considered when and where possible clients would view the film and with music accompaniment,  we didn’t want everyone in the office to know they are looking at something they shouldn’t when supposed to be working!

The website is the initial window to No. 9  with links to our Facebook page (showing daily updates and images) and our WordPress blog where I tend to talk more in depth about projects No. 9 have been working on, the area that personally speaks to our audience.

I’d like to thank Bist and especially Nick who have never failed to deliver and Rob Booker and Chris Hanley for the amazing images which Nick has been delighted to work with.

Bist Media

Rob Booker

Chris Hanley

Bridesmaid to Compliment a Farage Wedding Gown.

It can be a worry when a client asks you to make a gown and then tell you they have already bought the fabric. The worry being, it may not be appropriate for the style or even dressmaking at all.

However, Natalie produced a lovely shot crinkle satin for the bridesmaid gown she wanted me to make for Abi. The fabric was gold to compliment the colour theme of ivory, a light coffee and gold. We decided on the style and chose a gold lace as a bodice overlay to the design.

Natalie brought her wedding gown to the studio to show me and I was in heaven! The gown was Farage, a design I had first seen at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate. It was quite a welcome relief to see such a change in a wedding gown design, but can be considered by some as a little OTT with their sheer corset backs and use of lace and embellishment.

The bridesmaid gown design had to fit perfectly with such a beautiful and unusual wedding gown, but by using the fabric colour and gold lace, the simple half circle skirt with gold tulle peeping at the hemline and bodice overlay with lace applique gelled beautifully.

Congratulations, Natalie. No 9. hope you had an amazing wedding day.


A Wedding at Bamburgh Castle.

Bamburgh Castle and it’s fairytale location, sits on a basalt outcrop overlooking the Island of Lindisfarne and was the perfect setting for Rebecca’s wedding yesterday.

Rebecca wanted something quite slinky and lace, but not figure hugging and also requested a corset to be built inside the gown. We wanted to retain the movement of the silk slinky satin on the bodice, so a corset was made and attached only at the shoulder seam. This enabled the corset to be nipped right in giving Rebecca the look and feel she was after.

A gorgeous super light Chantilly lace with the most delicate scallop was the focus of the gown along with the satin sash to nip in the waist that little bit further. The sash was simply knotted at the back.

No 9. hope you had an amazing day, Rebecca and we send all our love to you and your new husband.





Mother of the Bride – Occasion Wear

Whether it’s mother of the bride or groom, mums will want to look their very best on their daughter or sons wedding day and that’s exactly how Marjorie looked yesterday for her daughter (my client) Pip’s wedding.

A common mistake when choosing an outfit is to dress either too young, or too old, when really there is no option more suited to the occasion than classic cut lines.

The softest blue silk shot with an even softer pink was the perfect combination.

Marjorie had seen an outfit in France she had adored and couldn’t stop thinking about it for her daughters wedding. A simple shift dress with a jacket, which had contrast soft pink silk was the perfect choice for Marjorie’s petite frame.

Although Marjorie didn’t choose the silk ruffle shrug, as shown on our other occasion piece, it worked equally well as an alternative to the jacket or to change the look at the evening reception.

Just in from Marjorie – ‎”Thank you so much Linda.
Pip and I have looked stunning today. Everyone has said how beautiful Pip looks in her dress. I can’t say thank you enough for your outfits. Your skill have taken our clothes to the next level. Love you lots.” Marjorie and Pip x

Necklace- HF Couture

The Prettiest Polka Dot Wedding Gown.

Polka dot or spot, whatever you like to call it I love it, I adore working with fluffy spot tulle’s and crisp organza and recently had a client marry in the very same fabric. It was another gorgeous frock I had been working on that changed the design direction for Rebecca’s vintage inspired gown who married today.

Rebecca’s wonderfully flattering cut wedding gown with it’s tightly nipped in waist (thanks to the silk sash) inner boned corset to the bodice and full circle skirt was the perfect choice for her shape.

Crisp spot organza over silk dupion and layers of dress net, silk sash tied to the front and finished off with a short chic veil with small bow detail.

Congratulations, Rebecca, I hope you’ve had the most marvelous day.