Posts Tagged ‘Janet Kirkman’

Redesigning Your Wedding Gown

November 16, 2008

Is your wedding gown close to, but not quite the perfect dress?  Do you want your dress to look like a couture gown with couture features?  Would you like to wear your mother’s wedding dress for sentimental reasons, but it’s just not your style?  Then consider redesigning your wedding gown?

 

What is redesigning?  It is changing a gown to meet your specific desires.  Examples of redesigning a bridal gown might include but are not limited to:

 

    Making a gown strapless

    Adding or removing sleeves

    Making a ball gown into an A-line or sheath

    Changing the shape of a neckline or backline

    Raising or lowering a neckline or backline

    Adding a detachable train

    Adding an overlay of a lighter, translucent fabric

    Raising or lowering a waistline

    Adding buttons, beads, flowers, bows, etc

 

Why would you choose to redesign?  Redesigning is a great solution if you can’t afford the couture gown that you love, but still want the features and look of couture. Redesigning takes less time and often is less expensive than designing a gown from scratch. 

 

If you bought a dress and your taste has changed, or it just doesn’t excite you now, don’t start looking for a new dress.  Redesign the one you have.  Redesigning gives you a one-of-a-kind dress with your own personal touches.  And finally, redesigning is fun.

 

How do you get started? Buy a basic dress or one that is close to your “dream gown”. Or pull your mother’s dress out of storage.  Find a designer/seamstress who will work with your ideas.  Give the seamstress your budget and get estimates for all your ideas. Be aware that the longer it takes to do the work, the higher the price.  For example, plain straps will cost less than beaded straps, which will cost less than solid bead straps.

 

Finally, have fun!  You will walk down the aisle in a special, unique, and very personal gown.  What a wonderful gift for yourself and for your husband-to-be.

 

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Redesign Your Gown

September 22, 2008

Is your wedding gown close to, but not quite the perfect dress?  Do you want your dress to look like a couture gown with couture features?  Would you like to wear your mother’s wedding dress for sentimental reasons, but it’s just not your style?  Then consider redesigning your wedding gown?

 

What is redesigning?  It is changing a gown to meet your specific desires.  Examples of redesigning a bridal gown might include but are not limited to:

 

    Making a gown strapless

    Adding or removing sleeves

    Making a ball gown into an A-line or sheath

    Changing the shape of a neckline or backline

    Raising or lowering a neckline or backline

    Adding a detachable train

    Adding an overlay of a lighter, translucent fabric

    Raising or lowering a waistline

    Adding buttons, beads, flowers, bows, etc

 

Why would you choose to redesign?  Redesigning is a great solution if you can’t afford the couture gown that you love, but still want the features and look of couture. Redesigning takes less time and often is less expensive than designing a gown from scratch. 

 

If you bought a dress and your taste has changed, or it just doesn’t excite you now, don’t start looking for a new dress.  Redesign the one you have.  Redesigning gives you a one-of-a-kind dress with your own personal touches.  And finally, redesigning is fun.

 

How do you get started? Buy a basic dress or one that is close to your “dream gown”. Or pull your mother’s dress out of storage.  Find a designer/seamstress who will work with your ideas.  Give the seamstress your budget and get estimates for all your ideas. Be aware that the longer it takes to do the work, the higher the price.  For example, plain straps will cost less than beaded straps, which will cost less than solid bead straps.

 

Finally, have fun!  You will walk down the aisle in a special, unique, and very personal gown.  What a wonderful gift for yourself and for your husband-to-be.

Making the Perfect Ensemble—Accessorizing Beautifully

September 22, 2008

Purses have been an increasingly important element of fashion outfits over the past century.  In the 1920’s, handbags started to echo the  beadwork of the quivering  bugle beads and fringes of the wild flapper dresses.  By the 1930’s, the “pulled together” look shown in Vogue included a matching hand bag.  And in the 1940’s, glamour was defined as having matching beaded purse and shoes.1   A matching purse can be that perfect little item to change your perfect gown into the perfect bridal ensemble.

 

Throughout history, for some reason the matching purse has held a very special place in the heart of fashionable women.  These innocent items are the envy of friends who can’t image where you found the perfect matching bag.  A matching purse will make you feel pulled together, with an added touch of originality and chicness.  “The ideal handbag, like a beautiful shoe, has never been about neccessity.  It is the stuff of dreams, desire, and deliverance from the banal,” stated by Anna Johnson in her book Handbags- The Power  Of The Purse.

 

How can you get this dreamy, desirable, pulled together look?   Your seamstress can make a purse that matches the fabric, color, beads and design features of your gown.  If you have a piece of fabric cut from your hem, that is all a seamstress needs to make a small clutch or draw-string purse.  Beads that match your gown can be bought locallly and added to a fabric that matches the color of your dress.  If you have ruffles or flowers on your dress, ruffles or flowers can be designed onto your purse.  It does not take much to get that perfect, matching purse for that perfect, pulled-together look.

 

Not planning on carrying a purse?  Try a matching beaded garter.  If not for throwing, then for a keepsake.  Or a headpiece made of matching fabric and beads.  Fabric headpieces can be made using headbands, barretts or combs.  You can even have matching beads put on your veil to really pull your whole look together.  Your seamstress can give you that glamourous, enviable, pulled together look.  With matching  purse and accessories, your perfect gown will become your perfect bridal ensemble.