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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
 

Lovely compliment from a bride

Lovely compliment from a bride

I received a lovely compliment from a bride the other day. I started to explain in detail why her alterations were going to cost so much, and she stopped me mid-sentence. “Connie,” she said, “you don’t need to explain. You have a talent and a skill that not many have. I am happy to pay for your work, as the fit is perfect. Thank you.” 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my Brides that have chosen Accapella Bridal wishing you all the very best and a joyous New Year. 

Made to Measure Martina Liana

Made to Measure Martina Liana

Guess what I did the other day…Made to Measure!

One of my brides absolutely loved a Martina Liana dress that I had in my boutique, but had dreams of wearing a similar dress with a dramatic overskirt that she could remove for the reception. She showed me her inspiration pic, and I have to say…I LOVED the idea!
I called the designers at Martina Liana to see if they were able to make something up for her, however their current production lines didn’t have anything similar. I um’ed and ah’ed over the decision, because made to measure is so time consuming, but ultimately I loved the idea so much that I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. My boutique is unique, and it is creating unique pieces like this that makes it like that!
Have a look at her inspiration pic, and the photographs we have of the creation so far… Stay tuned for the finished garment!
Connie xo
 

Pressured into Buying her Dress

Pressured into Buying her Dress

Today I met a bride for the second time. I met her quite a while ago, when it was too far out from her wedding to buy her dress. I had told her to come back closer to her wedding, but when we were discussing the details of her big day during the consultation part of her appointment, she admitted that it was only ELEVEN days before her wedding date!

The bride explained that she did already have a dress; however she was concerned about the fit and the way the dress made her feel. She purchased it from another local boutique and felt that she had been pushed into buying a dress that was too large and not necessarily the best for her shape. Even after multiple fittings, the dress still didn’t sit nicely.
She tried on two dresses that I had in her size, and as soon as she put the first dress on, she turned to her friend and said, ‘See, look how nice this looks. It fits and sits so much better.’
I explained that I wasn’t a fan of the brand that she had bought as I disagreed with the structure and cuts they used in their designs, but that I looked at the dresses from a dress-maker’s point of view…and that surely there was a reason she had bought the dress in the first place. She cringed and admitted that she had felt pressured into buying it and that now all she had was a dress that made her feel frumpy. She tried to balance it out by saying that she wasn’t the kind of bride who was ‘all about the dress’, but when I questioned why she couldn’t wear her original dress if she didn’t really care she admitted that she just couldn’t move forward with the idea of wearing a dress that she wasn’t going to feel nice in for the whole day.
Her friend cut to the chase - “The new dress looks much better than what you were going to wear. Just buy it!”
And so she did. I am looking forward to seeing pics of her big day!

 

Connie

 

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

 

The right bride at the right time

The right bride at the right time

This is a story of the right bride at the right time…

I received my new collection yesterday at midday. I had been hanging out for the DHL man to come all morning! I started to unpack the dresses, and had managed to press just two before my 2pm appointment arrived.
This bride walked in and explained that she was looking for a plain skirt and a lace bodice without beading. I looked at her and said, “I have just pressed two new dresses, and they are exactly as you are describing!”
I dashed upstairs and brought them down for her. She tried on the first dress (pictured) and could not believe that it was just what she had been looking for. I made her try on two other dresses, but we all knew that she had found The One when she put the first dress on!
She told me that she had been to Sydney and that none of the shops she visited had what she was looking for. I said to her, “Honestly, if you’re appointment had been at 11am this morning, I wouldn’t have had what you were looking for either. This dress has only been in my boutique for two hours and you’re the first person to try it on and the first to buy it. It was meant for you!”

 

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
 

Wedding Dress SALE

Wedding Dress SALE

~SALE~

Hi Brides,
It’s time for another sale!
All discontinued gowns are now 50-80% off. Come into the boutique and secure yourself a bargain!
Connie xo
 

Spend more on alterations

Spend more on alterations

    Hello Soon-to-be brides!This bride bought one of the dresses from my sales rack.With the savings she made, she was able to spend more on alterations; for less than her original budget she secured what is essentially a one of a kind dress! 
Something special for her daughter’s big day

Something special for her daughter’s big day

I had to order extra lace for this bride’s shoulder straps, and an idea came to me...

The bride’s mother had mentioned to me that she wanted to do something special for her daughter’s big day…so I suggested I order a little bit of extra lace and she have a go at beading it for her daughter to wear as a headpiece.
I loaned her my tray of pearls and crystals, and gave her a little demonstration on how to choose the right one. Beading is relaxing, and I knew the mother would enjoy it, but it can be very time consuming.
Today she nervously showed off her work, and it was beautiful! I loved it. I told her that I thought it earned her an A+ in Connie’s School of Sewing! It’s not quite finished, but the bride already loves it and hopes that her own daughter will wear it to her future wedding.
Connie xo
 

LM By Lusan Mandongus Alterations of the week

LM By Lusan Mandongus Alterations of the week

LM by Lusan Mandongus LM3091B

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK:
1. Removed the under netting underneath the skirt.
2. Run in bustling area
3. Removed existing belt with embellishment . I made a new belt and bow with ties to what my bride wanted.
Connie xo
 

Restyling Sale Gown

Restyling Sale Gown

Hello Soon-to-be brides!

This bride bought one of the dresses from my sales rack. With the savings she made, she was able to spend more on alterations; for less than her original budget she secured what is essentially a one of a kind dress!
Alterations:
Removed net petticoat
Removed a layer of tulle between the satin and lace so that the lace layer was more transparent
Altered the shape of the satin and organza underskirts so they were more narrow - created a fitted skirt silhouette and showcased the weight the bride had lost
Removed the train
These alterations turned the slightly outdated dress into a modern and flattering fashion statement direct from the runways!
Connie xo
 

Colour matching the bridal party

Colour matching the bridal party

Hi Brides to be,

A lot of brides aren't aware that the bridal party's shirts and accessories need to be in the same colour family as the bride's dress - that is, if you're wearing ivory, then the groom's shirt needs to also be ivory. The same goes if you are wearing white, or even a richer cream or latte colour. This is particularly important for your photographs, where the colour difference is more apparent.
This innovative bride brought her groom's outfit in to a fitting to ensure it was going to match. It's a great idea, in my opinion!
Connie xo
 

The bride showed great trust in me.

The bride showed great trust in me.

Hi Future Brides,

This story is one where the bride showed great trust in me!
The bride in question came to view some dresses just before my recent trip to Barcelona. The day before I left, she sent me a photograph of a dress she had tried on in another store - she had loved the style of the dress but wasn't happy with the quality and its lack of beading. She indicated that she would rather buy from me, and was wondering if I had anything similar. I explained that I currently didn't have anything similar but that I was about to leave for Barcelona and would keep an eye out for her.
A few days later I was at the Justin Alexander launch waiting for the 2017 Collection to appear on the catwalk. While I was waiting, I was going through the sketches they provide in a little booklet. I noticed one dress was similar to what this bride wanted, and WOW! when it appeared on the catwalk I JUST KNEW.
The next day I rushed to the Justin Alexander stand and, taking as many photographs as they would let me, asked if the model would try the dress on again for me.
I messaged my bride and said 'I have found the dress!'
She came in for an appointment the minute I got back and I showed her all of the photos and explained how the dress would fit her. I told her that I knew it was a risk buying a dress that she hadn't tried on or seen, but that if the style was what she liked, this dress had the beading and was of the quality she was looking for. I told her 'I feel in my heart that this dress is YOUR dress.'
Her dress arrived today and with so much excitement and nervousness, she tried it on. And YES! she loves it! It looks just as perfect as it would if I had made it from scratch for her.
Connie xo
 

Martina Liana 823

Martina Liana 823

Martina Liana 823

Stunning beaded bodice in Ivory and clear crystals in a uniform design . The beaded bodice is done on a nude tulle. Fitted skirt in Bellagio crepe’ with covered buttons down the centre back .
Bride to be wearing a size 10.

 

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
 

Mother of the Bride brought a dress online

Mother of the Bride brought a dress online

The mother of one of my brides called me in a fluster the other day - she had ordered her ‘mother of the bride’ dress online but the dress she received looked nothing like the one in the picture!

I explained that it frequently cost more to alter these online failures than it does to purchase them in the first place…but she had already had a beautiful matching hat made by a milliner and she really wanted to wear that hat! I agreed to see what I could do with the dress, and we met in June.
The dress she received was uneven, covered in cheap beading, not as sheer in the neckline or sleeves, and lacked the scalloped finish to the neckline. In addition to this, the back V did not meet and the dress really wasn’t anything at all like the one in the photograph.
To make the most of a bad situation, I unpicked the cheap plastic bling and altered the fit of the shoulders and sleeves. At least now the dress actually fit.
Here is the sales photograph, and a before and after in my boutique. The lesson to take away from this experience is that these online stores never deliver on their promises.
Connie xo
 

Married at first sight

Married at first sight

Who’s watching Married at First Sight?

What are your thoughts on the dresses? As a bridal boutique owner, it is impossible to watch the show without wondering who gets final say on the dresses that the ladies wear!
Poor Bella and Jess had dresses that just did not do their figures justice. Jess’ dress was too small for her, illustrated clearly by the wide gap at the back of the corset lacing. And Bella’s dress did not fit at the bust, an area which would have otherwise been an asset.
There are some dress successes, however. Monica is very petite, and the textured ruching at the bust gave the illusion of being shapely, whilst the skirt's minimal volume worked to not swamp her. Nicole has a rectangular shaped body, and her well fitting bodice with a shallow sweetheart neckline provided her with a softness. This was further complimented by her full circular skirt.
It’s all about choosing a dress that balances your flaws and assets!
Connie xo
 

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