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Felt pressured into buying

Felt pressured into buying

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 xo
 

Bride has a straight and slender figure

Bride has a straight and slender figure

Hi Brides,

The bride has a straight and slender figure with little waist definition. A shape that can be just as difficult to dress as any of the others.
She was looking for a simple dress with a low back, and loved those aspects of the dress she chose, but we were both concerned that it did not give her any shape.
I suggested we add some of my left-over lace from my made-to-measure days, to draw attention away from the waist and up to the bust area.
We selected this detailed eyelash lace which also softened the overall look of the dress.
I always encourage my brides to choose dresses that draw attention to their assets and away from the areas they feel less confident of. This alteration is a great example of how a simple tweak can make a huge difference!
Connie xo
 

Seen my alterations on Facebook

Seen my alterations on Facebook

This bride travelled all the way from Bathurst to buy her dress from me! She had seen my alterations on Facebook and read the reviews my brides had left for me and felt confident of buying a dress from my boutique.

The bride loved this dress, but wanted a backless style - to accommodate this I removed the tulle at the back, leaving just the lace over the shoulders.
This worked because the dress is quite structured and the bride has a small bust, meaning that the rear fabric wasn’t needed to hold the dress secure.

 

Connie. xox
 

Favourite dress at another store

Favourite dress at another store

My Saturday bride was trying on a few dresses during her consultation. She tried on Sincerity Bridal 3771 and really loved it. She explained that she gets a red rash on her chest when she is nervous, and this dress’ detachable stretch jacket could cover her during the ceremony and be removed later when she was more relaxed.

The bride asked her friend if she liked it better than her favourite dress at another store…the friend got her phone out to compare my gown with photos of the dress from the other store. After checking that she was allowed to take the photos, I asked if I could have a look. After seeing the photos, I very confidently told her to send me the photo so that I could put a photo of her two dress options side by side - I knew which one was going to look better!
They both couldn’t believe how much thinner she looked in my dress. The bride exclaimed ‘Done! THIS is my dress! I knew from your Facebook page that I was going to find a dress here.’
The first dress has a cut in the waist that doesn’t suit her shape. Mine is fitted to 7cm below her natural waist, which is more flattering on this bride to be.
Connie xo
 

In house bridal alterations

In house bridal alterations

Good morning Brides.

This past week I've had three Brides call me, asking if I could do alterations on dresses they had bought in Sydney. I explained that I was too busy to do alterations for anyone other than the Brides that had bought from my boutique. I suggested they call the shop they bought their dresses from, and arrange to meet with the in-house seamstress.
The excuses I was offered ranged from 'too far to travel' to 'I don't have time'. One bride had even purchased a dress from a boutique that did not offer any alteration services. Unfortunately, these issues are not my problem - if Sydney is too inconvenient for a Bride, they shouldn't buy their dresses there in the first place.
I have a number of Brides at any given moment, who travel from Sydney in order to purchase their dresses at my boutique. I frequently stay behind until 8pm or later, and open on Sundays, just so that I can meet their needs as best I can. It is my prerogative to decline alteration jobs on non-Accapella gowns, and a decision I make in order to provide a higher level of service to my actual clients. I WILL NOT accept rudeness from callers who are unhappy with this decision.
Thank you,
Connie.
 

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again

Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again...

This bride emailed me, asking if it were possible to alter her wedding dress so that she could wear it again. She knew she wouldn’t get much for the dress if she sold it, and she wanted to recreate the dress so that she could wear it to her cousin’s wedding. I was really excited to be part of this venture, as it brings out my creativity. We shortened it, gave it a cut-out back and she’s going to dye it black. Also, can you believe this bride still fits her size 6 gown a mere six months after having her baby?!
Here is a slideshow of her gown to dress transformation.
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
 

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
 

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