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This dress is a great example of some of the small changes we can make in the boutique.
Sometimes the volume of a skirt is too much for the height of the bride. An easy way to fix this is to remove some of the lower layers of netting from the underlay. This makes the skirt lighter and more drapey.
To help you visualise what it could look like without the netting, I get you to tuck it all between your legs. This then shows how the skirt would fall at the front and sides.
We had a bit of a state of emergency in the boutique a few weeks ago. I had a bride who had ordered a custom design gown - a design from a designer with a bunch of agreed-upon changes made at the cutting stage. She came in for her fitting to see what alterations to bust and hem-length would need to be done, and we could both immediately see that the dress was significantly too big for her. Her weight loss had been minimal since ordering the dress (she didn’t need to lose weight!) but I thought I had better take her measurements and compare them to the measurements I had recorded and provided to the designer. Yes, just as I thought, only an inch off her waist and and inch and a half off her hips - not enough to impact the dress sizing this dramatically.
I could tell we were both getting worried at this stage, so I suggested we hold the size 12 dress up against a size 14 we had in the store. Lo and behold, it had been cut at a size 14! No wonder it was so big.
I took photos and videos and immediately contacted the designer - her wedding was just five weeks away. At first the designer hinted at grading the dress - this is where you recut the dress from the existing fabric, running it in here and there, to ‘make it fit’. It’s never going to give a perfect fit. I refused to consider that and express shipped the dress that afternoon so that they could confirm that it was, in fact, incorrect.
The got to making the new dress immediately, and with a bit of trust in the couriers, we were able to have it ready *just* in time for her wedding! It was very stressful for both my bride and myself, because I really hate seeing my brides upset.
Now that it’s all sorted, I can definitely sit back and say that yes, we are all human and it was just a mistake in the cutting room. The designers were very helpful in getting it remade in time. But what DOES worry me is if I hadn’t been a seamstress in my former life, there’s every chance that the mistake wouldn’t have been picked up on and the bride’s weightloss would have been to blame for the poorly fitting gown. Definitely make sure you know what and who you are buying from before you commit all that money!
One thing that seems to be very common in the bridal industry is the idea of having to wait such a long time for the dress of your dreams or the one that fits you. As a lot of my gowns are imported from Europe,and local designers,these dresses I have in store at Accapella Bridal ready to be purchased off the rack or for budget concise I have a sale rack These gowns are hand selected by me, so whether your wedding is in two years, two months, or two weeks, you can be assured they are of the highest quality and that you will not be compromising on design.After 28 years of fitting gowns for brides, I can help you choose a gown that will be the perfect fit in every way. Looking forward to seeing you soon,Connie xx
Hi Gorgeous Girls!
The first of the new collections from my shopping spree in Barcelona has arrived!
Lanesta and Armonia are Ukraine designs and are a really wonderful blend of euro styling and more non-traditional cuts.
The dresses are affordable and the fabrics and embellishments are of excellent quality. They are infinitely modifiable, and...wait for it...the turnaround time is just a mere six weeks from ordering! This is fantastic news for pregnant brides, girls who change their minds and last minute weight loss plans!
The dresses range from $1890 - $2700 but from now until the end of July I will offer a further 10% off any dresses purchased from this collection.
Call or message me to book in for your consultation.
Ending 25th May 2019
Well, that’s a wrap for Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week!
So excited about this Essense of Australia Mikado gown! This lovely woman is a bridal size 24 and has a DD cup bust. She already dresses beautifully and embraces her curvaceous figure. I love the asymmetrical pleats on this bodice - they are very flattering to the waist and bust and accentuate her womanly shape while still draping gently. The fabric choice and internal structure means the bride can get away without a bra, so she can keep the spaghetti straps that make this dress so modern and sexy. The skirt has a single sewn pleat on each side, which again allows the fabric to drape gently across the tummy area. Although it’s a simple design, in this case less is definitely more as the structure and simplicity is what makes this dress perfect.