The story of Blair's wedding alterations are probably the most amazing. When she first brought her gown, she knew it was a few sizes too small....but that was on purpose. She had set herself a huge goal to lose weight in time for the big day.
I can honestly say it took several fittings and alterations, because Blair ended up losing far more weight than she predicted. She did a remarkable job.
Blair had three bridesmaids that also needed alterations. Necklines and lengths were changed for all three, but Danielle needed the most.
Danielle has Scoliosis so needed her gown to be remade to fit the curve of her spine. This is something I have done many times over the years, but as each curve is different, it is vital to be careful with the measurements...they need to be exact. These types of alterations always need a few extra fittings.
Blair's mum Kim came to almost every fitting and was so supportive of all the girls.
Kim sent me all these wonder photos with the following message.
Thank you so much for what you have done. You're an amazing dress-maker !!!.
Peta loved the gown, but thought the back was too plain and felt a little uncomfortable with a completely strapless neckline.
Changing the zip to a lace up back was a dramatic but effective transformation.
Adding a feature to the neckline may have seemed straight forward, but it was important to make the addition appear like it was always part of the design. I found a matching lace and created an asymmetrical strap across the left shoulder. Then I blended the bead work into the gown.
Image taken before the tulle edges were trimmed away from the lace.
The end result was a stunning gown that the bride felt amazing wearing.
Peta said "Alison transformed my wedding dress into the 'gown of my dreams'. The alterations were quite substantial, so I was very careful about who was going to pass it over to! Alison is an overwhelming dressmaker who I would recommend to anyone who is extremely fussy like myself. Thank you Alison you are a Superstar ;) xx"
She also added in another message:
Rochelle ordered her gown online.
The images on the website made the gown look stunning. But when it arrived, Rochelle was very disappointed. It was too big and the skirt was missing vital ruffles. It made it look flat and lifeless.
Taking the side seams in was a standard alteration. But by adding extra ruffles in between the existing ones, the gown came alive. It had movement and definition, and looked fantastic on the bride.
Not all alterations are standard hems and side seams. Some need something extra to transform the gown into the perfect dream.