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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These alterations turned the slightly outdated dress into a modern and flattering fashion statement direct from the runways!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
 

Brides dress not the same as the designers sketched it

Brides dress not the same as the designers sketched it

SYDNEY BRIDAL DESIGNER SKETCH WASN”T WHAT THE BRIDE TO BE IMAGINED HER DRESS WOULD BE. I get a lot of enquiries from brides who have purchased their dresses in Sydney and then experienced issues with their designs or alterations and are desperately seeking a Wollongong seamstress to fix these issues the week/day/evening before their wedding day…

I had one recently where the bride tried on dresses in my boutique and then took her ideas to Sydney to have a made-to-measure dress designed. The designer provided her with a sketch, which she approved; however, the final product looked nothing like the sketch!
The sketched design had a straight skirt topped with a sheer chiffon overlay, and ‘off the shoulder’ straps. The finished dress had a full circular-cut skirt, and a sweetheart neckline that was cut too high to allow for 'off the shoulder' straps.
I really felt for this bride, because she had invested a significant sum in the dress; however, I just do not have the time to take on work that has been cast off by Sydney designers. I would warn any bride considering getting their dress made in Sydney to also factor in the difficulties and costs of multiple trips to Sydney to iron out any issues that might arise.

Connie xo

 

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

 

Snow by Annasul Y Video

Snow by Annasul Y Video

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a mother of one of my brides. She commented that she thought my dresses were very reasonably priced for the quality, and that by looking at my Facebook page, website and shop, she had expected me to be much more expensive. 

Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts

Hi girls! This bride called the other day to ask if her dress had arrived…I was excited to tell her ‘Yes!’, although I quickly realised that she didn’t share my excitement - Oh No.

I asked her what was wrong, and she admitted that she was starting to have second thoughts about the dress that she had chosen. Luckily, ‘making the sale’ isn’t the highest priority in my boutique, so I invited her in to try the dress on again and discuss any concerns that she had.
She was very nervous when she arrived at her appointment. She tried on her dress and became quite upset, despite her mother reassuring her of how beautiful she looked in the dress. It turns out that she had been looking at strapless dresses online, and was worried that the dress she had chosen wasn’t as flattering as a strapless would be.
Just as she was getting ready to leave, she asked if she could try on a strapless dress - I was more than happy for her to do this, and I suggested we take photos so that we could compare the dresses side by side.
The bride was very surprised to find that her original dress was actually more slimming than the strapless dress she tried on! She left feeling reassured and rang me the next day to thank me for being so patient and to reiterate that she was happy with her dress choice…I simply replied ‘No more looking online!’
Connie xox
 

Issues with their made to measure Wedding Dress from Sydney

Issues with their made to measure Wedding Dress from Sydney

I get a lot of enquiries from brides who have purchased their dresses in Sydney and then experienced issues with their designs or alterations and are desperately seeking a Wollongong seamstress to fix these issues the week/day/evening before their wedding day…

I had one recently where the bride tried on dresses in my boutique and then took her ideas to Sydney to have a made-to-measure dress designed. The designer provided her with a sketch, which she approved; however, the final product looked nothing like the sketch!
The sketched design had a straight skirt topped with a sheer chiffon overlay, and ‘off the shoulder’ straps. The finished dress had a full circular-cut skirt, and a sweetheart neckline that was cut too high to allow for 'off the shoulder' straps.
I really felt for this bride, because she had invested a significant sum in the dress; however, I just do not have the time to take on work that has been cast off by Sydney designers. I would warn any bride considering getting their dress made in Sydney to also factor in the difficulties and costs of multiple trips to Sydney to iron out any issues that might arise.

 

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  

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

When I was twenty-two, my parents bought me my first industrial sewing machine. It has made many beautiful bride, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and flower-girl outfits.

It has always been faithful, and has always done a beautiful job...but after 28 years it has decided to call it a day; had it looked at by the sewing machine man and he said it's worn out and doesn't have long to go.
Very emotional as today I say goodbye to an old friend and hello to a new machine.

 

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
 

Don't spending a significant amount on alterations

Don't spending a significant amount on alterations

Hey brides…Here is perfect example of how a sale dress can still be The One, with minimal alterations! The dress was $900 off my sale rack, and only required letting out at the hips…I think this bride looks AMAZING.  

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