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2019 Beside Couture Release

2019 Beside Couture Release

Hi Brides-to-Be,

Just letting you know that the 2019 release of Besides Couture by Gemy has arrived in the boutique.
I absolutely love this collection - it is an affordable was to buy designer gowns for under $2000. There is just no reason to purchase cheap and ill-fitting gowns online when you can buy quality like this instore. These dresses have the correct internal structures for their individual designs, and they are perfect examples of professional tailoring.
I am the only stockist of this range in New South Wales. Because of this, you are getting a unique design rather than a commercialised 'cheap' dress.
It can be our little secret how much you actually paid!
Connie xo
 

Time for a Holiday

Time for a Holiday

For the first time in the six years since I have owned Accapella Bridal, I am going to Europe for a holiday rather than for a trip to a bridal show! I am excited but oh so nervous...I already know that I will find it hard to switch off from my shop as it is my pride and passion.

I will be away from the 22nd July until the 11th August. During that time, the lovely Glynis will be minding the store (by appointment only) and managing my emails. Glynis has been a seamstress for over 25 years and has also owned her own bridal store. She is very experienced and knows all about sizing, alterations and styling! I trust Glynis with everything and hope that she can help you out while I am on my break.
Saturday appointments will be temporarily increased to 60 mins, and if you need to book in, please do so by calling the store on 42252188. Alternatively, you can also contact Glynis directly on 0427703277. My work mobile will be switched off while I am overseas.
Standby for lots of holiday snaps!

 

Connie xo

 

Level of Professionalism

Level of Professionalism

Hi Connie it is Amelia Hollis here I just wanted to say thank you so much for your level of professionalism and for helping me find the dress of my absolute dreams!! Everyone has raved about the dress and I felt like an absolute princess wearing it on the best day of my life😊 thank you again and I have been raving about you and will be recommending you to everyone 😊 I will send you through some photos of the wedding at the church and Milton Park xox 

Preview 2019 Collections

Preview 2019 Collections

Have you booked a spot for this year’s Martina Liana and Essense of Australia Trunk show? There’s only a few appointments left for Saturday July 14th. and Friday has sold out!

This bride purchased her dress from last year’s trunk show. She sent me a few photos and an email thanking me for the opportunity to view the collection early...she was very happy with her dress! She looks STUNNING in her Martina Liana gown!

Call the boutique today to book a time to view the collection - this will be your only chance for a preview before their release in January 2019!

0413493970

Connie xo

 

 

 

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!

 

Concerns with the look of the hips area

Concerns with the look of the hips area

Alteration of the Week - size 14 Essense of Australia 2332

This bride loved that her dress had a plain crepe fabric skirt and wasn’t all lace, but she had concerns about how her hips and thigh area looked without the ‘disguise’ of lace to hide the lumps and bumps.
The corded lace of the bodice much heavier than most laces, and is a good design point for this problem - the heavier texture brings the attention to the upper body and away from the skirt.
To further soften the bride’s areas of concern, I appliquéd extra lace to the hip area of the skirt. This covers the side seams, smooths the fall of the fabric over the hip and softens the middle of the skirt front. It’s fortuitous that designers allow you to order extra matching lace when you buy their dresses, as it frequently comes in handy during these types of alterations.
In addition to this, I made a few slight alterations to the fit - I let out the skirt to give it a little more movement, and I ran the bodice in so that it fit better.
These before and after shots were only taken two weeks apart, and no weight was lost during that time. These alterations have definitely worked to make the bride look thinner in the after photo - it’s amazing what a correctly fitting dress can do!
Connie xo
 

Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Here’s another blast from the past!

Made in silk duchess satin, this gown had a popular boat neckline with set in sleeves and a shoulder pad insert giving the bride that square look. The beaded shoulders and neckline were topped off with a classic bow at the back waist. The train was bagged through the length for extra volume and decorated with beaded cut outs and a beaded tassel which I handmade...just the thought of the hours I spent beading this dress makes me anxious!
Back in the day you put your bridesmaids in dresses that had a similar concept to the bride (duchess satin and shoulder pads here) and YES, everyone wore those matching covered shoes!
Check out the headpiece - faux flowers have come a long way in 20 years, but the overall design is still similar to the floral crowns that are so popular at the moment.
Connie xo
 

Change in Medications can effect your body

Change in Medications can effect your body

Alteration of the Week

This bride changed her medication a few months out from her wedding, and as an unfortunate result put on a small amount of weight. She was still a small size and I believe that it is cruel to ask brides to lose weight - I always try my hardest to find a solution that doesn't involve feelings of shame and guilt on the bride's behalf.
I gave her the dress to take home so that she could try it on as needed, and to call me when she felt her weight had stabilised. She emailed me closer to her wedding to say she wanted to start her fitting, but was very frustrated and upset because her dress was still too small.
I explained how I could let it out in a way that no one would be able to see, and asked if that would be alright with her. She had nothing to lose, so agreed.
I let the dress out an inch either side, and back-sewed the seams so they wouldn't be at risk of ripping on the day. I then appliquéd matching lace over the seam to give it strength and to hide the seam.
Connie xo
The photos show before and after.
 

Made to measure dress 15 years ago

Made to measure dress 15 years ago

I recently moved into a unit, and while packing up my house I found many old photos of brides that I’ve dresses on their big day.

I hear lots of brides justify their dress choice by saying ‘well, it will still be in fashion in years to come,’ and mostly they are right. I do find that bridal fashion goes around in circles - design details are tweaked a little, but the basic styles go back 100 years.
Here is a wedding dress I made approximately 15 years ago. The bodice is guipure lace with a daisy pattern, with a 3/4 sleeve and fitted to just below waistline. It’s softness is accentuated with a floaty silk chiffon skirt.
There are similar styles available now that would be bought for a boho or beach wedding look, just mixed up with different flower and headpieces.
Connie xo
 

Feedback to Designers

Feedback to Designers

My past life as a seamstress doesn't make it easy for the designers I showcase in my boutique. I’ve occasionally offered my feedback on the quality of their workmanship, especially when dresses aren't perfect when they arrive in my store.

It's important that boutique owners speak up, because the designer can see the quality of the dresses that they are sending out, and my before and after photos can be used to improve on Quality Control at a factory floor level. (Although they must all think "Argh, not that Accapella Bridal woman again"!)
In this example the seam on the left has been sewn with tucks in it when they appliquéd the lace on. The photo on the right is how I want it done. You can see the tucks prevent the seam from sitting flat.
Connie xo
 

Heard good things about my alterations for different shaped bodies

Heard good things about my alterations for different shaped bodies

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK

This February's bride only came in for her first appointment in January! She’d heard good things about my alterations for different shaped bodies and thought that I might be able to finally help her find the right dress for her size 18 figure.
After trying on a few dresses, we narrowed it down to two. Of these, her favourite was a dress with a satin A-line skirt. However, we both thought that the sharp and heavy skirt wasn’t as flattering as it could be - it was stiff unforgiving and the bride is also quite short.
To counteract this, I lifted the dress about three inches at the shoulders. This also allowed me to change the back neckline to better suit the bride’s bust and torso.
I then removed two panels from the sides of the dress to reduce the width/flare of the skirt. I also removed the heavy satin lining from the train - this makes the dress physically lighter, visually lighter, and much more comfortable in our February heat!
All-in-all a very successful month turnaround!
Bride is size :18
Justin Alexander 8822
Connie xo
 

Dress Martina Liana 931 Alterations

Dress Martina Liana 931 Alterations

ALTERATION of THE WEEK

Bride bought her dress at the Trunk Show I had last year. She loved everything about the dress but the scooped back neckline. I changed it into a V back neckline Connie
Dress Martina liana 931
Connie xo
 

The dresses are arriving

The dresses are arriving

Hi Brides

Remember the trunk show I held back in July? The dresses are arriving!
This is particularly exciting for these brides because, until the designs were officially released in January, all they had were a few photographs of the dress taken on the day they tried them on.
They’ve all been in this week to try them on and fine tune the fittings - here are some sneak peaks!
 

Inexperienced alterations

Inexperienced alterations

Last week I received a text message from a bride who was a mere 12 days out from her wedding.

She had collected her dress from another boutique, after her final fitting, and was beside herself with worry because the dress still did not fit.
This poor bride had been sold a dress with with wide shoulder straps under the impression that the seamstress could change the dress to be ‘off the shoulder’. Unfortunately this just isn’t the case - off the shoulder dresses need a lot of built-in structure to keep the bodice up without the support of the straps. All the seamstress did was sew a seam to reorientate the straps sideways. Ugh, another example of the difference between a factory style seamstress and someone who has worked in made-to-measure and is familiar with drafting patterns.
I was too busy to take on another dress, but I passed along the number of a seamstress I have worked with before.
Glynis ran the dress in on the front and side panels, which helped hold the dress closer to the body. She also ran the side seams in on the skirt, which gave the dress a little more shape. Glynis also told me that the bride was a long term follower of my Facebook account and regretting getting caught up in the moment and purchasing a dress from somewhere else.
THIS is why I don’t pressure my brides to make an immediate decision!

Connie xo

 

Undecided between two stores

Undecided between two stores

This bride was undecided and couldn’t choose between a dress I had in stock and a dress she had tried on at another boutique. She explained that both dresses were very similar and she just wasn’t sure which one she liked more.

She mentioned she had a photo of the other dress, and I asked if I could see it. After seeing the pic, I said I would take a photograph of the back of my dress on her…we put the two side by side and it was plain to see which dress was the better choice!
This is another perfect example of how small design details can make a big impact on the overall finish of a dress.

Connie xo

 

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