Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cristy – A Different Kind of “Groomsman”

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In today’s world the lines of friendship and gender are no longer firmly drawn. Many women have male best friends and many men have great friends who are women and they want them included in their special day. This was one wedding that proves just that!

Working on Cristy’s tuxedo was so much fun. The girl has so much style and stood up to the challenge of looking fantastic and fashionable in her suit right down to her Jimmy Choos.

For Cristy’s outfit we took the sleeves off of her dress shirt, saving the cuffs for wearing. When she had the jacket on you would never know there were no sleeves underneath.

A few more alterations to the shirt and jacket to make them more flattering and feminine, adding some curve, then we cropped those pants!

The results were awesome!!

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Katie’s Prom Dress

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Prom season is just around the corner so I thought I would share some of the prom designs I’ve made and altered.

This is Katie. Katie was so fun to work with on her prom dress, she was so excited for this big event in her life and she knew she had to have the right dress!

A short, full skirt with a strapless bodice was a popular dress style with girls that year. Katie’s dress was no exception but she knew how to make it unique to her vision. She wanted a sweetheart neckline, the beautiful satin bow situated on her natural waist as well as all the sequins (hand-glued!! by yours truly) on the top layer of tulle and cascading down the skirt.

What a fun and pretty dress!

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Katie’s Wedding Gown

 

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I loved everything about making Katie’s wedding gown. The design of her dream dress was so graceful and elegant from the halter style neck to the small train trailing in the back. So perfect for a beach wedding!

I started with a muslin fitting for Katie’s gown so we could get the drop waist in the back just right and adjust the the length of the train. When you are having a dress custom designed your seamstress will usually make the dress out of a cotton “practice” fabric called muslin in order to make all the necessary changes to the pattern before cutting into the actual dress fabric.

Here is Katie on her wedding day!

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Cathy’s Vintage Wedding Dress

Working with Cathy on her wedding dress was such a pleasure. Cathy wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress on her big day but needed to give it a bit of a modern twist! What a great idea!

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Here is the before dress. Beautiful lace but the full sleeves and shoulders had to go for Cathy’s vision of what her dress needed to look like!

Here’s Cathy showing her mom the dress! She didn’t even recognize it!

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If you’ve inherited your mom’s or your grandmother’s dress why not consider wearing it on your big day? The possibilities are endless! Having a vintage dress revamped or remade is such a personal and dear way of breathing new life into a family heirloom. It also reduces the number of beautiful gowns going to rags in closets and second-hand stores!

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Lesley’s Jumpsuit

A client came into the shop last week needing an outfit for a work event. Lesley does not like her legs and was set against a dress but was armed with photographs of jumpsuits. We put our heads together to come up with the design details she was looking for and voila! Totally custom made jumpsuit for Lesley. Fits her perfectly and looks great!

I am totally hopping on the jumpsuit bandwagon this spring! Jumpsuits are flattering to the figure and well….fun!!

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Catherine’s Wedding Dress

I had the immense pleasure of creating Catherine’s gorgeous and original wedding gown for her special day in August 2015.

Catherine knew she didn’t want to go through the stress of shopping for and trying to fit the dresses available in the shops and decided that having her dress custom made was the way to go.

She knew the style of dress that she wanted, bringing me a photo of a dress from a magazine that had a unique layered skirt with a pointed hem! So fun!

Every woman knows her body and Catherine was no exception! Together we designed her dress to accentuate the parts of her body she loved and downplay the parts she doesn’t so she could feel her most beautiful on her big day. She even added a little extra bling here and there and a family momento – the butterfly broach at centre waist. So pretty.

Here is her beautiful dress!

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IMG_9490Full Service Alterations – Offering full service alterations including pant hemming, zipper replacements, mending and repairs. Whether it’s casual or business wear we can make you look and feel great in your clothes!  Maybe your wardrobe just needs a little facelift. Sometimes a tuck here and a shortening there can make all the difference!

Wedding, Prom and Evening Gown Alterations – You found that perfect gown and now you need the perfect fit. With complex details like boning, bustles, beads and lace it’s best you trust it to professionals like us! From modernizing your mothers wedding gown for your day, making your bridesmaids look gorgeous, a stunning mother of the bride dress or a flower girl to ahhhh over we have the services you need!

Custom Wedding Dresses and Bridal Party Design – If you are having a hard time finding “the dress” why not have it made? Having your wedding dress custom made is the experience of a life time! We can make your design come to life. Having your dress made is a much more personal and attentive experience and can be less expensive than buying a dress off the rack. It is a great idea for anyone who has body issues. Whether you are pear shaped, plus size or skinny this can be the way to go!

We can also make and design your bridesmaids gowns! Do you have a colour or pattern in mind but can’t find the dresses? Many brides are turning to seamstresses to have their wedding party’s dresses made. This is a great option for the bridesmaids too as they can have the option to pick the design and everyone is happy!

Custom Clothing and Remake a Favourite – Do you have an item of clothing that is like an old friend but is on it’s last legs? Why not have another one made?

Are you a fashion lover who wants to transform trends into real-life looks by adding your own personal touches? If yes, then have your custom-built closet with us and our hand-executed techniques.

This is a great service for Pinterest fans!! Do you love the DIY look but don’t know how to sew? Leave it to us!

Leather, Suede, Fur and Shearling – We can alter, repair and redesign leather, suede fur and shearling. Whether it’s out of date or needs some repair leave it to us to breath new life into your beautiful clothes.

Tailoring – For the love of a well dressed man! We offer all tailoring services. Some examples are shortening sleeves, turning collars, narrowing lapels, taking in or letting out waists and relining jackets.