Vogue have given us a range of links to the best designers’ bridal ranges -
Claire Pettibone offers a very pretty, quirky array – who could resist all those rose petals!
Perennial favourite, Jenny Packham offers such a great range of styles again with the signature knowledge of a designer who knows women and traverses the circas.
Enjoy chic brides to be!
It just dawned on me – why not get custom bunting sewn for your wedding ceremony and or reception!
Bunting can be made in any fabric and colour of course. It can be customized with your names or initials in almost any font. Why not use off cuts from your wedding party dresses (if you’ve had them made).
It can look playful, tr├ęs chic, vintage, pretty and romantic depending on choice of fabric.
I made this bunting for the market stall I held after bub #1 arrived for a side project.
As this is a new idea I haven’t worked out a per metre price or the like but feel free to email me an enquiry!
Hi potential clients,
I am on maternity leave for the next few months with the imminent birth our second baby┬á(at time of publishing). : )
As of end of August 2011,┬áI will be accepting enquiries for dresses due March 2012 and onwards in limited numbers.
Thank you for your understanding and congratulations on your engagement.
I thought it about time I write a blog post for maternity brides.
I recently had a bride-to-be warn me she was trying to lose weight but also trying to get pregnant, and would be moving interstate! Yikes, pose me a challenge why don’t ya! She was a lovely referred client so I couldn’t refuse : )
So what did I learn from the experience? Well, the order was eventually canceled because she fell pregnant fairly easily but first we considered scrapping the design she had in mind and replacing with a ‘safer’ style. The vintage satin look she had in mind had a drop waist and a plunging neckline, which just simply would not have worked once the belly was pushing out the blessed under bust definition.
So, key here is under bust definition – I consider this a woman’s best asset regardless of her size and body shape. I tell plus-size girls the same. This is why so many dresses, catering for the two mentioned markets, are empire line.
Breast are likely to go up a size or three after a few months. All-over body weight may increase making the tops of arms a bit more full, aside from the usually suspected places. It’s an unpredictable time emotionally and physically.
Stretchy fabrics will be more forgiving and stretch satin is available but not usually in silk blend. Keeping a loose fit from the bust down is also a safeguard. Having said this, you do need to leave room to fill out at and under under the bust, so a late fitting is a must even if you get cooking early with the dressmaker. I have been twice pregnant and noticed as your uterus grows upward your rib cage also expands. A good dressmaker will have the sense to leave a large seam allowance in the bust section for this end.
Kia Liddington wore a thigh high mini dress in copper/bronze sequins with a plunging back line for her 21st Birthday. Her whippet like frame and strawberry blonde colouring made this a great choice for her 21st Birthday Party.
From ‘Project Wedding’, http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-gorgeous-chiffon-and-tulle-flowers/4?sd=5000&ss=1
Couldn’t resist but to add a link to these pages for decorations and jewellery.
More to come…
Yes you may have considered buying online from China or over east but buyer beware! You may be savvy enough to have had your measurements taken to correlate the appropriate size but I recently had a lass come to me having bought a size 8 and yet I needed to take out 12cm down the centre back!!! Normally I would distribute that amount, as it is 2 and a half sizes, across a number of different seams. But due to the design, tucking, beading etc, we needed to keep it simple.
The other peril of buying ‘ready to wear’ sizes ‘off the rack’ is being convinced by shop assistants/sales staff that you can simply and easily get the dress taken in if it is too big. I am under the impression that many of these people are not dressmakers and are in no position to actually make that judgment. Even if you can, quite often it is a costly exercise.
If you wish to buy online ask to see images of close ups of beading, ask if they are Swarovski crystals and be aware synthetic fabrics lack to beauty of real silk, if that is what you are paying for.
Good luck on your buying adventures.No comments
This is a quick note to let potential clients know that as my husband and I had a beautiful baby girl on 20 June 2009, named Mia Amelie, I am currently taking on fewer clients and answering emails less regularly but still available!
Caio for now, Jemma.
Jane Austen eat your heart out!
This client had a Pride and Prejudice, regency style wedding. This picture shows the empire-line, full length, chemise dress we came up with.
Congrats Bonnie!No comments
I was recently brought to work together with the milliner, Nicola Gredziuk, by an innovative client who had a head piece commissioned for her wedding.
Here are 2 images of the work that Nicola completed for the New Zealander bride, Emma. The clients I’ve had from New Zealand recently are proving to be stylish and a little off-beat indeed – kudos to NZ!
Images of the dress will be added in the next couple of weeks, after the wedding in Jan 2009.
Emma McKay (nee Graham) wore a strapless Seapearl georgette over ivory satin in a Grace Kelly inspired gown. Photographer credit, Victor Carter Photography, NZ.
Kristina Marelic was married in Nov 2008. She wore an Ivory silk-georgette over natural silk-satin, asymetric, Grecian style wedding gown – gorgeous!
Cheyenne and Steve – Swan River cruise. Yellow silk wedding dress with embroidered tulle overlay.
Sarah Brotherston (nee Tuck) married in NZ. Seapearl georgette wedding gown with rosette detail. Photography credits to Coby Slager from New Plymouth, NZ.
Odeliska recently had great exposure in Cosmopolitan Bride, Issue 18 Spring/Summer 2008. My husband’s and my wedding was featured on pages 236-7 as ‘Cut Costs Not Style: Savvy Brides Tell’.
I would like to point out that our photographer, Kylie Noble, did an exceptional job, particularly as it was a 34 degree Celsius day! Without her expertise our wedding may not have featured in the magazine.
And on another positive note – I am happy to announce that my husband and I are expecting our first baby in June 2009 : )