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Selling a dress three sizes too big

Selling a dress three sizes too big

Hi Brides,

I usually baulk at selling a dress three sizes too big; however, this bride had neither time nor budget on her side.
Fortunately, this dress was priced well under $1000 and the style was suited to a youthful bride, and with a few tweaks we were able to recreate the dress within her timeframe and budget.
There were two key changes made to the design of the dress:
I first removed the top tier of the skirt - this reduced the overall impact of the voluminous skirt, an important change considering how slender she was.
I then ran the dress in along the back zipper - primarily to reduce the size of the bodice - however, this also changed the design of the back of the bodice from a v-shape to a straight back, increasing the support of the weighty skirt on her petite frame.
I try to only recommend drastic changes like this to dresses that are already significantly reduced in price, because these alterations can be very costly. Although I do have to admit it can be very fulfilling to use my creativity to remake a dress that was otherwise ‘old’ stock!

 

Connie xo

 

Alterations done by Brides Mother

Alterations done by Brides Mother

When this bride called to make an appointment to try on some dresses, she asked if it would be fine for her to bring along her dressmaker mother. I replied "of course!" because I wasn’t sure why she would think that would be a problem - but apparently the last bridal shop they went to felt uncomfortable when they found out her mother’s trade.

I explained that I actually loved it when there is a dressmaker at the appointment, because they are able to understand the alteration suggestions I am making and I can explain why bridal dresses are made the way they are, and how these design details work together to create a certain ‘fit’.

 

When they came to the appointment, the daughter laughed and said "Listen to you two! It’s like two peas in a pod.”
This is a photo of the bride’s mother pinning the alterations so that she could complete them at home. I can’t help myself and I started pinning up the hem…I stopped and apologised for taking over, however she replied that she would love for me to show her how to do the alterations. I explained how I would adjust this particular dress, and how some techniques for bridal dresses were different to regular dressmaking.
At the end of the appointment, I told her to call me if she got stuck with anything.

 

Connie xo
 

I spotted The Dress

I spotted The Dress

Hi Brides-to-be, The story of this bride is AMAZING! She arrived at my boutique early this year, after visiting many of the bridal shops in the Illawarra. We spoke for a while, and she said to me “Connie, I need to buy my dress from you. My gut feeling says that you’re the type of person who wears your heart on your sleeve. I know you will see my dress right through to the end.” We met over a few appointments and, after lots of emails back and forth, I knew exactly what she was looking for. Unfortunately I didn’t have the dress in my store, but I knew I could get one! 

Bridal alterations to elongate your height

Bridal alterations to elongate your height

This bride fell instantly in love with a mermaid Justin Alexander dress(8758); however, she was very petite and the skirt flared too low on her figure for her height. She really loved the lace, beaded cap sleeves, the low back and the deep neckline and it was such a pity that the flare was not going to do her figure justice. To give her the dress of her dreams, I suggested that I change the skirt entirely to a new shape that would be more flattering. 

JUSTIN ALEXANDER TRUCK SHOW

JUSTIN ALEXANDER TRUCK SHOW

JUSTIN ALEXANDER TRUCK SHOW. My 1st Trunk Show/ Designer Day. I did have the privilege to see the 2016 Collection in London in May this year. It was such a great day. The gift bags, cup cakes, champange and 10% off new Justin Alexander Collection gave some brides the decision to order their dream gowns before it hits the stores. Justin Alexander will be release his 2016 Collection on 15th September on his website . Here is just a glimpse of how the day went. 

ANKLE GRAZIERS

ANKLE GRAZIERS

Brides are more daring than ever at the moment. Whether it be a pop of colour on their gown or an ultra extravagant bird cage veil, they are certainly not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Therefore, shorter hemlines are growing in popularity, with brides eager to showcase their individual look. while labels such as Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal and Sweetheart Bridal have a wide-ranging specific selection of calf-grazing options. Justin Alexander & Sincerity Bridal have all injected shorter styles tea length wedding dresses into their 2016 Collection to sit alongside the longer options. Think 1950's style skirts with petticoats to make the silhouettes truly pop .  

Lillian West 6370

Lillian West 6370

Hi brides to be,

I am loving my new Designer Lillian West 6370 .

The venice lace detail on the shoulder coming down to a low V neckline at the front. The back is in a nude tulle with lace detail makes the lace look like it’s painted on. 

This is a bride trying it on in a size 8 .
Connie xo
 

Justin Alexander 9741

Justin Alexander 9741

Justin Alexander 9741. Sweetheart neckline with beaded trim, Chantilly lace bodice . Skirt is semi circular cut frill in organza and tulle . 
Photo is of my bride in her Justin Alexander 9741 in my boutique 
Connie xo  

Justin Alexander 8750

Justin Alexander 8750

Justin Alexander 8750. The Ballerina or Tea length gown is defined mainly by it’s length and soft flowing lines.  Of mid calf length, this romantic style captures the magical, dreamy elegance of classical ballet. Ballerina silhouette gowns make use of the most delicate of fabrics such as tulle and the full skirt is achieved by draping the fine fabric over layers of soft petticoats. If you have wonderful ankles why not show them off?  

Justin Alexander 8758

Justin Alexander 8758

Fishtail/Princess cut. The princess silhouette also known as the fishtail, boasts a tight fitting, sculptured bodice flowing into a widening skirt. This style finds a happy synthesis between both classical and romantic lines and, like the A-line, it will enhance most figures. 
Justin Alexander 8758
Connie xo 

Justin Alexander 9752

Justin Alexander 9752

Hi Brides to Be,This bride came into my bridal boutique and  she didn't want a lace wedding dress . She explained to me that she loves silks  I looked at her body shape and she said to me " I have hips" I said 'no '.  You have a rectangular shape body which means you don't have hips. Try on this Justin Alexander 9752 Silk Dupion gown. The flat crossover pleats with the beaded waistline and from waist is a ball gown skirt. And yes the pockets  are a great  feature . Styling this dress on a rectangle bride gives the bride hips which draws attention to a smaller waist. The back skirt with the crystal buttons down the centre back is a great feature. Justin Alexander 8752 definitely a classic ball gown. 

Justin Alexander Collection

Justin Alexander Collection

Justin Alexander ,One of the highlights in my trip to Milan was meeting Justin and the team from Justin Alexander. There was all the collections, Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal, Sweetheart Gowns and Lilian West. It was great to talk to the Justin Alexander team about each of the collections. Having the opportunity to see the collections, feel the fabrics, look at styles etc....
I have placed my order which means I should get the 2015 collections not long after they are launched on the Justin Alexander website.
Connie  


 

Found Her Dream dress in Wollongong

Found Her Dream dress in Wollongong

My bride Teneal rang me asking about 9721, which I didn't have in my boutique . I explained to her that I have a dress similar to 9721 and I have lace that is similar to 9721, which my dressmaking skills I could help her visualize what the wedding dress would look like on. Teneal drove all the way from Wagga Wagga to find her dream dress in Wollongong . 

Illawarra's Brides Diary

Illawarra's Brides Diary

I was so excited to see my bride Alicia in the Illawarra's Brides Diary . The vintage wedding dress by Justin Alexander 8596 complimenting her theme at Ravensthorpe . Alicia and her mum decorated the venue themselves with their own unique touch .  

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