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Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection

Introduction to the Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection

Sister Organics design and make wedding dresses and bridal separates from beautiful organic and sustainable fabrics, including organic hemp silk mixes and exquisite cotton laces. We’re sharing some of our favourites from their sustainable wedding dress collection, which features their simple, timeless, feminine designs. This collection focuses on laid-back style and comfort, idea for outdoor, down-to-earth, and elopement weddings. 

Natalie, the designer/maker behind Sister Organics tell us: “When I got married, there was no question that I would make my own dress. But I realised there was nothing for me in bridal shops – I hated the synthetic fabrics and strapless style with skirts full of stiff tulle that was popular at the time. I thought there has to be a better way.

Inspiration from fabrics and the differing shapes and sizes of women’s bodies

“I usually start the design process with a new fabric that I’m excited to use. I have an obsession with fabrics and when I start a new collection, I find it very difficult to stop! I am always on the look out for new fabrics. Customers usually buy from the collection, sometimes with a small adaption to the design, which I am very happy to do. I usually also make a couple of bespoke dresses each season.”

Natalie has a passion for creating bridalwear that is flattering, comfortable, and have beautiful movement in them. She also likes to create pieces that are special enough for a wedding but can be worn again.

“I try to make my designs transient to age and accommodating to different sizes. I am very conscious that women come in all shapes and sizes and brides come in all ages and I try to design garments that are simple, flattering to the female body and have a relaxed feel to them. It’s also really important to me that the clothes are comfortable, move beautifully and feel special.

I try to create pieces which are special enough to wear for a wedding, but can be worn again after the event. I think the separates are especially good for this and most of the dresses are easily adapted by being shortened or altered slightly. Most of my dresses and skirts have pockets and are lined with organic cotton, so they are comfortable and feel fabulous to wear.”

Sister Organics is a Recommended Supplier of The Natural Wedding Company directory. Find out more about them here.

Sustainable bridal lace top by Sister Organics

Eco credentials

Natalie tells us: “I have a love for natural fabrics – organic cottons, organic silks, linen and regularly use hemp/silk a lovely, blended fabric.  Hemp is thought to be one of the most eco-friendly fabrics there is, it grows really fast without pesticides and puts nitrates back into the soil. Blended with silk it is a great weight for bridalwear, it hangs really nicely and has a beautiful shine and lustre.”

Luckily for contemporary brides it’s no longer tricky to find sustainable fabrics, and what’s more there’s lots of choice: “It’s great to find organic and sustainable fabrics much easier to source these days. There really has been a big change in the availability of  these fabrics in the last 10 years or so. It’s a delight to work with some of the beautiful organic laces I use. Most of my lace dresses are lined with certified organic cotton or the hemp/silk. I am also introducing some garments made from vintage lace fabrics this year.”

As you take a look through Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection you’ll notice a lot of exquisite laces: “Some of the laces are organic cotton, made in France. I also use a lot of cotton lace which is made in England by a small family business, using traditional lace manufacturing methods. There’s very little fabric manufacturing left in the UK now (and people with the skills to do it), so I feel it’s important to try to support what there is (the laces are also completely gorgeous!). Lots of the laces are made with a tiny bit of synthetic, which is generally thought to be necessary to give the lace strength and stability when it’s made.”

Made to order

One of the main ways that the Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection maintains its eco-ethical ethos is by making all items to order: “We make everything to order, which minimises waste and over production. Customers can order by set size or by providing their own measurements. We then order the fabrics and cut and make the order, which takes 3-10 weeks, depending on the style. Like most small businesses we are naturally frugal – we re-use or re-purpose off-cuts and remnants.”

Natalie sews all of the dresses and bridal separates herself alongside another talented local dressmaker: “I work with a very talented local dressmaker who is wonderful and helps me a lot. I cut the patterns and garments and sew some of the samples and orders. My mum taught me to sew when I was a child and I later honed my skills at the London College of Fashion. I love creating and making things and have always found sewing completely immersive and almost therapeutic. Alongside the bridalwear we also make nightwear and pyjamas in pretty organic cotton prints, which works really well and helps keep us busy in the quieter season.”

Introducing the wedding dresses and bridal separates

Below you’ll find details and photos of our top 10 dresses / bridal separates from the Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection. If you have any questions about the collection, please contact Sister Organics directly via their contact page.

The Elodie Dress

What Sister Organics says about the Elodie wedding dress: “This long V-neck dress is handmade to order in a beautiful cotton lace fabric and lined in a tea rose coloured organic cotton jersey. [The neckline is] finished with trimming lace, fitted to a high waist band, with loose sleeves. It has an open back which buttons at the back of the neck and waistband with rouleaux loops and little covered buttons. It is lined in a soft organic cotton jersey, which makes this dress feel incredibly comfortable to wear. 

Made from 95% cotton lace made by a small family business in Derbyshire, UK, and lined in organic cotton jersey.

Elodie sustainable lace wedding dress by Sister Organics
Views of the Elodie eco lace wedding dress

The Brooke Dress + Lily Cardigan

What Sister Organics says about the Brooke wedding dress: “A classic bridal dress handmade in a beautiful ivory hemp/silk fabric, with a flattering V-neckline at the front and back. It has a sash which can be tied at the back or side. The skirt is full and drapey and falls into a small train at the back. This simple yet versatile dress works really well with our lace tops.”

As seen here with the Lily cardigan, it also works well with the Fleur lace top as seen at the link above to the Brook dress.

What Sister Organics says about the Lily cardigan: “Handmade to order from beautiful English cotton lace. It has a scooped V-neckline at the front, with little rouleaux loops and covered buttons…[and] a full sleeve, gathered just below the elbow with soft elastic.”

Made from 70% organic hemp and 30% silk with an organic cotton lining (the Brooke dress).

Brooke organic hemp and silk wedding dress and lace cardigan from Sister Organics
Brooke silk and organic hemp wedding dress

The Forest Dress

What Sister Organics says about the Forest wedding dress: “This lace dress is made in a beautiful taupe coloured cotton lace fabric (also available in off-white and cream). It’s a feminine silhouette with a high scooped neckline at the front, and a lower V at the back. It has a fairly fitted bodice, with a flared skirt and bell sleeves. It buttons at the back with rouleaux loops and little corozo buttons.”

Made in England from 95% Egyptian grown cotton lace, and the underslip made from a hemp/silk mix, which can also be made from organic cotton to make the dress vegan.

Forest wedding dress made from cotton lace with flared sleeves by Sister Organics
Taupe coloured Forest sustainable wedding dress

The Honey Dress

What Sister Organics says about the Honey wedding dress: “This long wrap dress is made in a beautiful, drapey hemp/silk fabric. The fronts wrap over, creating a V, the ties wrap around the waist and can be tied either at the side or back in a bow. It has loose floaty sleeves. The skirt of the dress has a  high-low front, cascading to a small train at the back and pockets in the side seam.”

Made in England from 60% hemp 40% silk fabric.

Honey wrap wedding dress made from hemp and silk by Sister Organics
Honey wrap wedding dress made from hemp-silk fabric

The Ivy Dress

What Sister Organics says about the Ivy wedding dress: “This classic bridal dress is handmade to order in a beautiful ivory hemp/silk fabric with a lace overlay on the bodice and sleeve. It has a V-neckline at the front and back. It has a full and flowing skirt, which falls into a train at the back.”

Made from 70% hemp / 30% silk fabric, the lace overlay is 82% organic cotton made in France, and the lining is organic cotton.

Ivy hemp-silk wedding dress with organic cotton lace overlay
Ivy wedding dress from the Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection

The Luna Skirt + Birch Top

What Sister Organics says about the Luna wedding skirt: “This floor length bridal skirt is handmade in dusty pink softened linen. It has a high waistband and a full gathered skirt, lined in soft organic cotton. It has pockets in the side seams and the waistband closes at the back, with 3 rouleaux loops and covered buttons. Available in dusty pink and off-white.”

As seen here with the Dune cami top and Birch lace top.

What Sister Organics says about the Birch lace top: “This little lace top is handmade in a beautiful off-white cotton lace fabric with a scalloped edge cotton lace trim on the cuff and hem. It has a round neck, short puffed sleeves and buttons up at the back.”

Made in England from 100% linen and 100% organic cotton lining (the Luna skirt).

Sustainable bridalwear Luna pink linen skirt and Birch lace top from Sister Organics
Sustainable bridal separates made from linen skirt and organic cotton

The Angelica Top

Sister Organics offer a wide range of bridal separates that can be paired to create a bridal look tailored to your specific needs. From skirts both short and long, tops in a range of fabrics, to shrugs and cardigans, there’s a way to customise their pieces into a bespoke bridal outfit. Here we’re showcasing the Angelica embroidered tulle top and how it can be paired with dresses or tops and skirts from their collection.

What Sister Organics says about the Angelica top: “This light and delicate top is handmade in an embroidered off-white tulle. The delicate embroidered tulle is made in Italy. It has loose, flowing sleeves, it buttons up at the back.”

In the main image you can see the Angelica top is worn over the Juniper wrap front wedding dress.

In the set of three images, you can see in the first and third image the Angelica top worn over the Zarah hemp silk wedding dress. And in the middle image the Angelica top is worn with the May bridal skirt and the V-neck top.

Made in England from 70% organic cotton (the Angelica top).

Organic lace cotton top to be worn over a wedding dress
Angelica lace cotton tulle bridal separates by Sister Organics

The Petal Top + Skirt

What Sister Organics says about the Petal cotton lace top: “This lovely top is handmade in a beautiful petal design cotton lace. It is lined in a soft peach/fawn coloured organic cotton/silk fabric. It has a gentle scooped neckline finishing in a ‘V’ at the back and gently gathered short sleeves. It buttons up at the back.”

It is seen here with the matching Petal cotton lace skirt, but it works equally well with a plain skirt – just take a look in the Sister Organics separates for other ideas. Also seen below with the Dune cami top.

What Sister Organics says about the Petal cotton lace skirt: “This lace bridal skirt is handmade in beautiful off-white cotton lace. It has a pleated front, with a dart at the back. The waistband closes at the back, with 3 loops and covered buttons. It is fully lined skirt with a small train.”

Made in England from a 95% cotton lace, and a 50% organic cotton and 50% silk lining.

Petal bridal separates made from organic cotton and cotton lace by Sister Organics
Sustainable bridal separates made from organic cotton and cotton lace

The Tamar Skirt + Cassia / Daisy Tops

What Sister Organics says about the Tamar bridal skirt: “This limited edition long bridal skirt is handmade in a beautiful light blue hemp/silk satin. It has a full, flowing skirt with a train at the back. The waistband closes at the back, with 3 loops and covered buttons. It feels fabulous to wear.”

The Tamar bridal skirt is seen here with the Cassia 3/4 length lace sleeved top and the shorter sleeved Daisy lace top. Like all Sister Organics bridal separates they can be mixed and matched however you choose.

Made in England from 70% hemp 30% silk and a 100% organic cotton lining (the Tamar skirt).

Unique blue hemp-silk and organic cotton wedding skirt by Sister Organics
Unique blue hemp-silk and organic cotton wedding skirt and lace top

The Zarah Dress + Sennen Shrug + Harlyn Top

What Sister Organics says about the Zarah wedding dress: “This long bridal dress is made in a beautiful, drapey cream hemp silk fabric. The bodice is gathered under the bust, with a low V-neckline and a wide band to the waist. The straps cross over at the back…[and] the skirt of the dress is gently gathered at the front. It has pockets in the side seams.”

As seen here with the Sennen cotton lace shrug (main image and left and right images, and (centre image of three) the Harlyn lace top, but it can worn alone or paired with any of the Sister Organics bridal separates.

What Sister Organics says about the Sennen bridal shrug: “The light and breezy shrug/cardigan is handmade in a beautiful cream coloured cotton lace fabric. It has a V-neckline at the front, which closes with little rouleaux loops and covered buttons.”

What Sister Organics says about the Harlyn top: “Handmade in a beautiful cream cotton lace fabric, my favourite diamond design lace. It has a V-neckline at the front and closes at the back with little covered buttons. It has loose sleeves, and pretty trimming lace at the hem and cuff.”

Made in England from 60% hemp 40% silk and lined in 100% organic cotton (the Zarah dress).

Zarah sustainable wedding dress with cotton lace shrug by Sister Organics
Zarah hemp-silk wedding dress with cotton lace shrug and top

Pop-up Shop!

From March 4th – 16th 2024 Sister Organics will be hosting a pop-up shop in Totnes, Devon, UK. There will be a wide range of the Sister Organics bridal styles available for brides to see and try on. In addition there will be a few samples for sale and a space where brides-to-be can try on samples of the collection.

Location: Studio 9, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN, UK.

Contact Natalie sisterorganics@hotmail.co.uk for details.

Enquire about or order a wedding dress

For any enquiries about the Sister Organics sustainable wedding dress collection please contact sisterorganics@hotmail.co.uk and let Natalie you came from The Natural Wedding Company.

Sister Organics is a Recommended Supplier of The Natural Wedding Company directory. Find out more about them here.

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