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Trunk Show experience

Trunk Show experience

I'm slowly getting all of my Trunk Show brides in for their fittings. I always ask them their thoughts on the Trunk Show experience - overall they have all loved it and recommend it as a way to find that special something in a dress. It was a very successful weekend for myself and for my brides!

It's still ages away, but I am having another Trunk Show in July of this year. I've decided to host a third day this year, to cope with demand. The show will be held at the boutique on the 13th, 14th and 15th of July.

Are you interested in coming to the Trunk Show? Make an appointment to see me in the coming months so that you can have a preview of the dresses currently in the boutique - that means that when the Trunk Show comes around, you will know what you like, what you are looking for, and if there is anything in-store that you are already liking. Otherwise, the pressure of committing to a Trunk Show dress on the day can be overwhelming if you haven't previously determined what you do and don't like, especially considering there are about 60 new release dresses being showcased on the day!

 

'Out-there' style could be so flattering.

'Out-there' style could be so flattering.

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK

This is another bride who ordered her dress without trying it on! This bride is a size 22, and couldn't believe that this 'out-there' style could be so flattering.
I ran the bust in from the top of the bodice to the waist, and I shortened the length of the dress from the hip so that we didn't lose the overall proportions of the dress.
The bride was a little self-conscious of her arms, so I added an extra pleat to the sleeves, which provided the illusion of more coverage without changing the design.
An absolutely beautiful result.

Essense of Australia D1932

 

Connie xo
 

Alteration of the week Essense D1985

Alteration of the week Essense D1985

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK

This bride loved her strapless dress, however she really wanted a sleeve or shoulder strap of some kind. We went with an off-the-shoulder lace strap, as it complemented the line of the bodice.
She was also concerned about how firm this dress felt, and confessed she wasn’t used to wearing firm clothing. I explained that, with the low back, the dress needed to fit a bit firmer than usual as the fabric would relax with wear - this extra firmness, and the boning inside the bodice, would mean that it didn’t slip down on her wedding day. There is nothing worse than a bride who has to keep hitching her dress up all day, and I want all Accapella brides to feel that they won’t need to fiddle with their dresses.
After seeing this bride in her altered dress I quickly took a photo so that she could see the difference…This bride hasn’t lost any weight but the simple act of running the dress in at the bustling, adding shoulder straps and adjusting the hem has made her look much slimmer. It’s amazing what a well fitting dress can do!
Connie xo
 

I didn’t have her size in the dress that she liked

I didn’t have her size in the dress that she liked

Hi Brides!

This bride came in today to try on her wedding dress for the very first time!
When she came to the boutique for her first appointment, I didn’t have her size in the dress that she liked. To allow her to see what the dress would look like, I got her to try on a dress in her size that was fitted to the hips. I then held the smaller sized dress in front of her, so that she could see how the skirt would look paired with the way the bodice would feel on. We spoke at length about how the dress would fit and what it could do for her figure so that she would walk down the aisle confident she looked great in the dress.
Her dress arrived this week and it looks exactly as I envisaged. It does need running in at the waist and bust, however this bride is still losing weight so we decided to hold off on the alterations until right before her big day.
There are a few reasons why this style is great for plus sized brides.
1. The colour is more flattering than a bright white.
2. The overlapping diagonal lines created by the pleated bodice draws the eye inwards and downwards.
3. The heavy straps balance out the hips (more apparent when the bodice is correctly fitted).
Wait until I post the pics of the final dress fitting - it is going to be great!

 

Connie xo

 

Bought online from a Brisbane designer ended up being a disaster

Bought online from a Brisbane designer ended up being a disaster

Guess what I did the other night?

I popped into the shop at 5pm as I had forgotten something that I needed at home. While I was there, the shop phone rang...I decided to answer it - it was a bride's sister in distress. She said her wedding was a mere two weeks away and the dress she bought online from a Brisbane designer ended up being a disaster.
I said 'When do you want to come in? Can you come tonight?' This bride needed to drive down from Narellen, which is 45mins away, but if she needed alterations then I needed her to choose a dress TODAY.
I explained that I am a dressmaker and asked what was wrong with the dress. She said it just didn't suit her. On the way to my boutique she said to her mum “This lady is a dressmaker and she sounds like she knows her shit…" Well, I hope so!
We tried on a few of the gowns that I had in her size, and YES, SHE FOUND HER DRESS!
Connie xo
 

Essence of Australia D2152

Essence of Australia D2152

Essence of Australia D2152 the bride to be : size 18

Bride shape : apple shape
Boat neckline in nude tulle with lace and sweetheart under bodice . Bodice is fitted to waist with low scooped back. Skirt has knife pleats on either side with side seam pockets
Connie
 

Suits most body shape

Suits most body shape

Essence of Australia D2038. Sheer guipure lace bodice, with softness tulle skirt. Hem edged with guipure lace. Comes in full length sleeve in nude tulle or cap sleeve.

Suits most body shape being an A-line bridal gown.
My bride is wearing my sample size :12

Connie xo

 

second thoughts on the design of the back

second thoughts on the design of the back

This bride ordered her dress from me, however after a few months she started to have second thoughts on the design of the back - it was a nude sheer tulle that buttons at the centre, but looks ’naked’ until the lace at the armhole. To counteract this, I ordered lace pieces to fill the space. I had to pin the lace pieces on while she was wearing the dress to ensure that it fit correctly. This is actually a difficult task, as normally this would be undertaken in reverse with a special transfer paper. I am pleased that I succeeded in placing it perfectly so that it looked like it was meant to be there. Martina Liana 765  

Dress redesign

Dress redesign

Hello brides to be! Today’s alteration is more of a dress redesign than it is about how a dress fits.

This bride came in with about five months to her wedding. She specifically wanted a sleeved lace bodice without beading, and a moderately full skirt that wasn’t tulle. We went through a few dresses before it became clear I didn’t have quite what she was after. I suggested she explain to me her exact requirements, as if I were going to make her a made-to-measure dress - she showed me a picture of a dress and then an idea hit me!

 

I got her to try on an Essense of Australia 1662 dress, which is created from an organza base - similar to the chiffon dress in her inspiration photograph. I explained what I could do to redesign the dress to be close to the one she liked.
1. I removed all of the lace appliqué from the skirt, so that the lace stopped at the waistline.
2. I added lace 3/4 sleeves from a matching lace to the bodice.
4. Added a detailed and beaded dainty belt.
As you can see in the before and after pics, this dress underwent a significant style change with just a few easy alterations. It is essentially her own design - and doesn’t it look great! We are both really happy with the end result.

 

Connie xo
 

you would not believe that this bride is a SIZE 18

you would not believe that this bride is a SIZE 18

Hi Brides-to-be.I love showing you photos of all shapes and sizes…and you would not believe that this bride is a SIZE 18!

This photo disproves all those myths that a plus-sized bride couldn’t wear a straight lace dress. It does need a small alteration at the bust, but besides that I think she looks amazing.
This dress is an Essence of Australia D1998 with a double layer of ivory lace. I chose a cafe coloured lustre satin as my underlay choice, as I thought that would be the most flattering on a larger figure. It is quite structured through the bust, waist and hips and then falls softly to the floor. The lace train is unlined, which makes the dress infinitely lighter to wear and shows off the double layer of lace.

Connie xo

 

What suiits Busty Brides

What suiits Busty Brides

There are a lot of beautiful dresses out there that are unsuitable for a woman with a larger bust - traditionally, backless or off-the-shoulder styles do not provide enough support in the cup area for the busty bride to go without a bra.  

stockist of Martina Lianna

stockist of Martina Lianna

Hi Brides-to-be, I am very excited to announce that I am now the local stockist of Martina Lianna bridal couture!.Why am I so excited? Martina Lianna is a label that is designed to allow brides to make changes to their gowns. As an ex- couturier of made-to-measure gowns, the concept of personalising a dress appeals to me. The dresses provide the option to easily change or add sleeves, lift the waist or hip design line, change the fabric in the skirt, and other such exciting modifications. This will be my first collection with Martina and the designer feels that my background will build the foundations of a great partnership. 

Essense of Australia D1932

Essense of Australia D1932

Essense of Australia D1932 This bride knew what style she wanted but hadn’t found “The Dress”. As Soon as she put on the Essense of Australia D1932 her mum, sister cried. I said to her when you look this great in a wedding dress I need to take photos. I love the moscato colour and off the shoulder straps . The bride is wearing a size 12 

Size 18 Model

Size 18 Model

Hi Brides To Be, I know it's hard to envisage a dress if the model's body is a different shape or size to your own. I get a lot of positive feedback from my brides telling me they love how the Plus Size Collection on my website and how the photos I have are shown on a plus size, not a size 8, model. They tell me that if they see that it looks great on the photo that it would look great on them. 
Short of me explaining how the dress would fall and what it would look like, I try and do a photo shoot for this reason every time I receive new stock. I hope you find something you like. 

Plus Size Bride in Essense of Australia D1732

Plus Size Bride in Essense of Australia D1732

Plus Size  Bride in  Essense of Australia  D1732  Who says a  Bride who is a size 18 bride can’t wear a fitted dress!!!!! Not me. This bride is wearing a size 18 Essense of Australia and she looks FANTASTIC . I altered the dress firm under the bust to a little below waistline. This allows the dress to stay up as it is quite fitted in the waist and allows bust line not to  have the bust overhanging on the sides. The back also looked flattering .  

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