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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
 

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
 

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These alterations turned the slightly outdated dress into a modern and flattering fashion statement direct from the runways!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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Groom offers double the price for alterations

Groom offers double the price for alterations

Hello Future Brides,I received a call the other morning from a groom, who was calling on behalf of his unhappy bride. She had bought her dress from a boutique in Sydney, and unfortunately the seamstress had not fitted the dress to the bride’s satisfaction. The groom’s call came quite urgently as the wedding was a mere three sleeps away. He explained that it was an emergency, and offered double the cost of the alterations if I could fit his bride in.

The groom was lovely, and it was so nice to see a future husband as concerned about his bride as he was. However, when I sell a dress to a woman, I make a commitment to her. My biggest priority is ensuring MY brides are catered for in time for their weddings, and as I am a one-woman show, I am frequently unable to find spare time to take on external alterations. It is important to me that I am able to look after my own brides without the added pressure of emergency alterations.
I find it really hard saying no, firstly because I can really feel for these poor brides…but also because it goes against my work ethic as a seamstress - no bride should be left unhappy with her alterations! But I just don’t have enough time to cater for the emergency calls I receive every fortnight. I need to be 100% sure Accapella Brides are happy.
Thank you for your understanding.
Much love,
Connie.
 

Losing Weight

Losing Weight

This bride had lost over 10 kilos in just three months, and she looked great! Unfortunately, her bust had also lost some fullness and needed some support, which her chosen dress was not able to provide.

The bride’s dress was soft and unstructured, and had a sheer back, making a traditional bra or internal boning impossible. To get around this, I asked the bride to buy a cheap nude bra that I could incorporate into the dress.

 

I cut the bra up the sides and discarded the back. I added an extra piece of boning at the front and attached the bra to the dress bodice. The bra came with a set of clear straps, so I utilised one under the single lace shoulder, which disguised it perfectly. I finally ran the bodice in slightly under the bust which provided just enough shape to give the bust a little lift.
The bride loved the dress both before and after my alterations…but I wanted a better fit. We finished up both happy!

 

Connie xo
 

bought a dress from an outlet bridal store

bought a dress from an outlet bridal store

This bride came to me only four months out from her wedding…very close to be ordering a dress! It turned out that she had originally bought a dress from an outlet bridal store and had been having second thoughts ever since. She googled the dress she bought, and found that it was actually a dress from 2008 - this explained why she felt so outdated in it! I was interested in seeing the dress that she bought from the outlet and I know my face said it all - it was dowdy and didn’t flatter her shape at all. 

busy periods for the wedding industry

busy periods for the wedding industry

It is well-known that Spring and early Summer are busy periods for the wedding industry…but what isn’t as known is that bridal stores go CRAZY in January…after all the Christmas proposals!

I’ve had a lot of brides coming in that either haven’t yet set a date or venue, or their wedding is still more than 22 months away. Not knowing your date or venue makes it hard for me to help you choose your gown - we don’t know the season or even what style of wedding you might end up having. It also poses problems with weight-loss, budget changes…even simple things such as the bride changing her mind about what style she likes!

 

Knowing these things before coming in to the boutique can also help me know what to keep my eyes open for when I am doing my buying. As new collections become available I can find something specific for your needs.
I understand that some brides are super-organised and know all of the details of their Big Day quite early. If this is you, and you’d like to pay the dress off over 12-15 months, coming in around that time would be suitable; however, for most brides, ordering your dress 6-12 months before your date is fine.

 

Connie xo
 

Mother of Bride learning to Bead

Mother of Bride learning to Bead

I recently had a bride and her mother in the shop and, after trying on only a few styles, we found The Dress. It looked like it was made for her, and her alone. However, while the bride loved the dress, both she and her mother felt that it lacked embellishment and they suggested adding some beading to the neckline. I could immediately see what they were saying; being a seamstress, this attention to detail is my thing. The bride was conscious of her budget, and so I asked her mother if she had ever done any sewing. The mother replied that she enjoyed quilting, but had never had any experience with beading. “Perfect!” I exclaimed, “When your dress arrives and I have finished the alterations, I will teach your mother how to bead it for you!” Her mother was nervous, but I chose a simple pattern and we had a lovely time whilst I taught her the basics of beading.

Beading is time consuming, but the impact belies how easy it actually is. I taught my daughter to bead when she was only fourteen, it simply requires patience and a keen eye.
Here are a couple of photographs of the beading lesson.
 

Skype your mum

Skype your mum

I'm not usually accommodating of brides taking photos of dresses in my boutique, but if there's one thing I am a believer in, it's that buying your wedding dress with the company of your nearest and dearest girlfriends and family members is part of the memory making that goes into your wedding day. 

Lusan Mandongus Bride to be

Lusan Mandongus Bride to be

My bride to be tried on the Lusan Mandongus LM2496 loved it but wanted the dress strapless without the lace illusion . Lusan Mandongus made it especially for her and it was exactly how she dreamed her dress would be.

These photos I have taken in her finally fitting in my bridal boutique a week before her big day. I couldn’t stop taking photos, I said ” you look better than a model” I can only imagine what your going to look like on your wedding day  

Cotin Sposa Bridal dress made in Italy

Cotin Sposa Bridal dress made in Italy

This bride came into my bridal boutique with mermaid style in mind. After trying a few mermaid styles and explaining to my bride of the alterations I need to do as she is a petite height.
This bride said ” I know I’m not choosing the wedding dress style for my height” I answered no not really but I can alter it to make it work for you. I said can you try this dress on and try and be a bit open minded.

The photo speaks for it self she loved it on. The Cotin Sposa dress looked amazing and when my bride said I want to try and sit in it….I couldn’t help myself but take a photo . 

Justin Alexander Tea Length Wedding Dress

Justin Alexander Tea Length Wedding Dress

I thought I would take a photo of this dress on my bride to be . This bride is a size 12. The photo of the tea length dress on the Justin Alexander website, the neckline looks like it’s high raise neckline, it is more of a Sabrina neckline with lace trim. I personally like the dress on my bride to be than the model as I feel the neckline isn’t flattering on the Justin Alexander website photo. This dress I call it my Audrey Hepburn ……just classic 

Off the Rack Bridal Gowns

Off the Rack Bridal Gowns

Can I ask why the cotton gloves?

A bridal boutique is the last place people expect to have to wear cotton gloves but it’s something that I insist on at Accapella Bridal. Through all the years of altering bridal gowns, I’ve seen so many brides that have bought dresses off the rack with makeup on them, spray tan marks, and pulls from engagement rings. 

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