Hi Future Brides,
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!
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.
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.
Hi Brides-to-be,This bride originally came to the boutique expecting to purchase a lace dress; however, after trying on a few she discovered the lace finish just wasn’t for her. She asked if I had any dresses that were simple in design and made from a less showy fabric. I knew I had a plain satin strapless dress that was fitted to the hips and possessed design lines that would flatter her pear shape. The bride loved how the dress made her feel, but wasn’t sold on the shiny satin finish.
Alteration of the Week.This Lillian West 6387 was already a very flattering dress on my size 20 bride - it was structured and gave her a lovely shape. However, it was a little stronger around the neckline than she preferred. To counteract this, I opened up the neckline into a more soft V-neck, ran in the sleeves to better show off her shapely upper arms, and removed the unnecessary bling from the belt. The bride was very happy with how these few adjustments changed the whole feel of the dress!
Hi Brides to Be, Unfortunately, I don’t have a before photo of this alteration - however it has been such a transformation that I wanted to share it with you anyway. This bride is wearing an Essense of Australia dress D1662 with a Justin Alexander belt.This bride is a size 26 across the hips and torso, however she is two sizes smaller across her shoulders and bust. This meant that the neckline was too wide and the sleeves kept falling off her shoulders. It gaped at the front, and was so wide that she lost the effect of the V neckline at the back.When the bride was arrived for her first fitting, she saw the look of concentration on my face and said ‘Connie, you look worried!”. I replied that I wasn’t worried - I was just working out the best way to alter the dress!
When I am faced with challenging alterations, I always revert back to my old made-to-measure processes…I had to work out how I would draft a pattern for this bride if I were to make her a dress from scratch.To fix the issue, I painstakingly cut the lace strap along a pattern line, and reattached it at centre back. I then re-appliqued it so that the finish was seamless. I then ran in the bodice at front bust, and re-appliqued the lace at the front where it reattached. The dress sat beautifully and I was able to add in the 3/4 sleeves she had requested.The alterations to this dress were made to measure and fit her body just as closely as something bespoke. I believe that - if the seamstress did not have a good grasp on pattern drafting - this alteration wouldn’t have worked. The usual fix of running a dress in at the side seams would not have given this bride a perfect fit.
ALTERATION OF THE WEEK. This bride to be lost over 25 kilos in the time between ordering her dress and her final fitting! You can see from the first photograph that the dress is hanging off her and does nothing for her new figure.
Hi Brides to Be,As most of you know, I run my business on my own; however, there is one important person that does so much behind-the-scenes…
Hi Brides to be,I don’t usually brag…but in this case I just have to!
It is common for me to hear the Mother-of-the-Bride suggest that their daughter not consider any strapless dresses because they have memories of so many brides fiddling and adjusting the bodice of their dress all day and night.My response to this limitation is that the success of a strapless bodice is always dependent on the bride’s bust size, the structure of the dress, and the skill of the seamstress who fitted the dress. As a seamstress, it is always really important to ensure the bride has a full range of motion without any movement of the bodice. I make them do a little dance and raise their arms above their head to make sure all is secure.
I’ve spoken before about how special it can be to have something to remind us of our loved ones as we walk down the aisle. This bride had lost her grandfather; however she kept him close on her big day by having a piece of his shirt sewn into her dress, in the shape of a heart. I encourage all my brides to think about how they can incorporate little touches to personalise their dresses for their wedding day.
Alteration of the Week. As soon as my bride tried on this size 12 dress, she felt that it was ‘right’. However, I could see that hemming the dress to the bride’s height would leave her with a dress that was too ‘busy’ for her petite frame. To counteract this, we agreed upon removing some of the tulle - running it in at the side seams to reduce the fullness of the skirt. I further balanced the overall proportions by changing the shape of the sleeves. This has allowed the detail at the décolletage to shine!