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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!

 

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!
 

Expensive Alterations from Sydney

Expensive Alterations from Sydney

Hello Brides,

A friend recently sent me text asking my advice. She knew that I didn’t do alterations for anyone but my own brides, but her sister had bought a dress for $900 at a warehouse sale in Sydney, which needed the hem taking up. The warehouse sale didn’t offer alterations, and her sister had called a few places to get quotes for her dress - one came back at $850!
WOW! If I charged that for a hem I would only need to do one hem a week!
I told my friend that I did think that was unreasonable, and suggested different ways she could resolve her hem issue.
Brides - when you buy a dress, whether it is on sale or full price, please ask for alteration costs as it might surprise you. And keep in mind that there are many boutiques that don’t have their own in-house seamstresses.

Connie xo

 

I tried on the dress for a bride

I tried on the dress for a bride

Hi Brides.

I frequently have brides ask me if I try on the new dress styles as they come into the store…and I always reply that I don’t.
Until my recent Trunk Show, that is!
I had a bride who loved one of the dresses that were on show, but she couldn’t fit into it to see how it would sit when on. I held the dress against her and made her try on another dress in the same style, but it just didn’t convince her.
She looked at me and shyly asked if I would try it on for her! I laughed and explained that I was 50 years old and I might put her off the dress if I try it on. She insisted, so on it went.
I have to admit that I felt great in that dress! The structure tucked any wobbly bits in and I felt like I looked great. I asked Glynis to take a photo for me as I wanted to keep it - now I know what brides mean when they get that ‘this is IT’ moment!
The bride said ‘if you look THAT good, I am sold!’.
The dress straps can also be worn off the shoulder.

 

Connie xo

 

My Daughter's special occasion dress

My Daughter's special occasion dress

As a seamstress, I have made many of my daughter’s special occasion dresses - I sewed her christening dress when she was just a tiny babe, her Holy Communion and Confirmation dresses, and immeasurable dresses for parties and dances.  

Lower priced line that doesn’t scream ‘I’m Cheap’.

Lower priced line that doesn’t scream ‘I’m Cheap’.

Hi Future Brides!

One of the key reasons I travel to Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is to select some great plus-sized styles, a few unique pieces that wont make it into other local stores, and a lower priced line that doesn’t scream ‘I’m Cheap’.
I am happy to have found all of the above, and have ordered a few pieces of bridal wear between $1600-2000. You can see a few of these pieces in the attached photos, and they should be arriving in late September if you would like to come into the boutique to inspect them in person.
I am really excited about these dresses, especially at such fantastic prices!

 

Connie xo

 

​ALTERATION OF THE WEEK Hiding her Bra

​ALTERATION OF THE WEEK Hiding her Bra

ALTERATION OF THE WEEK

This week's bride chose a lace dress with a deep v-neckline. It was incredibly flattering to her figure and her large bust; however, we were left with the conundrum of hiding her bra.
We spent some time trying to find a solution: it's hard to find larger cup bras in a plunge design, and adding more lace to the bodice meant that the neckline was no longer as magically flattering.
But then I discovered a solution! I added some matching lace to the front of her bra, disguising it and incorporating it into the design of the dress. It was a fantastic result and the bride was very happy.

Connie xo

 

Recommendations

Recommendations

Brides, I feel so honoured when you come in on recommendations!  

example of how two strapless dresses fit on the one body shape

example of how two strapless dresses fit on the one body shape

This is a fantastic example of how two strapless dresses fit on the one body shape - one flatters her figure much more than the other.

Sometimes brides come in to the boutique and say they have tried on strapless/mermaid/lace/ballgown and that the style doesn’t suit them. I always ask them to reconsider, because there are finer details to why a dress doesn’t suit someone - it might be the lace placement, the structure, the neckline or another key element of design.
This bride is a size 12 and the dresses are constructed of different types of lace and are by two different designers. The left flatters the bride’s shape better but in saying that, I have seen the right flatter other women with different shaped bodies. It’s definitely not just about the size.

Connie xo

 

Alteration am I working on this week

Alteration am I working on this week

What alteration am I working on this week?

This week I am creating a lining that will go underneath a sheer illusion back. Why, you ask? Well, my bride loved the dress but I felt that the sheer illusion tulle wouldn’t provide enough support for her larger bust nor hide a bra. The piece that I have created will disguise her bra band and is boned to offer additional support.
The first photo shows the sheer back without the insert, the second shows it during the creation stage, and the third shows it completed. Stay tuned for before and after photos in the coming weeks.

Connie xo

 

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