I met Vicky on set in the first series of Downton Abbey. We were both playing housemaids and had lots of fun on set together. I was just starting out with the bespoke dressmaking business at the time and would spend the time in between shooting scenes drawing up designs, trawling the web for suitable fabrics and designing the website. Perhaps that’s where my love of vintage inspired dresses came from as we were surrounded by absolutely beautiful hand made 1910’s and later 1920’s costumes worn by Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil.

When she got engaged Vicky asked me if I could make her Bridesmaid dresses. She wanted Royal Blue satin in a 1930’s style so we drew up some designs and she picked this one. We found a fabric that was the right colour and fit into the budget and I made them up.

She’s based in Cheltenham (and was due to move to Hong Kong after the wedding) and had a great time coming to visit Bristol for fittings as all the girls had come here to uni and it was nice to have a chance to visit and spend the day in their old haunts.

One of Vicky’s Bridesmaids was working abroad for most of the time I was working on the dresses so we had to squeeze in a fitting in the week running up to the wedding and finish it off in time.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”