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I'm a redhead so these colors go with my DNA. Wondering how many out there are drawn to this combo of monochromatics. Thanks to Peri Edmonds from Melbourne who whipped up this beautiful concoction on SMP.Source URL: http://weddingspace.blogspot.com/2010/01/
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On Friday we covered the process of making a gown from the ground up. Today we're exploring the difference between hiring a dressmaker or designer to create your vision and how to go about finding a good one. So what's the difference?
DRESSMAKERS-Once upon a time before mass production, every woman either had a dressmaker or became her own. Nowadays most dressmakers specialize. You'll want one with expertise in bridal and/or evening wear. Dressmakers either work on an hourly basis or estimate out their labor. They usually work from store bought patterns and expect you to supply the fabrics and materials such as buttons, zippers, etc. This is a good option if you already have a unique cut of silk or know how to shop around yourself for the fabrics.
CUSTOM BRIDAL DESIGNERS-More and more have sprung up in studios and ateliers over the past two decades. They're experts in helping you translate what you see in your imagination as reality. Like a dressmaker, they work one on one with you. Unlike a dressmaker, they usually have tonier establishments and higher prices. The reason? Their services are zeroed in on brides. Most offer small sample collections as well as bolts of fabric right in the studio to inspire you along with your decision. Custom designers usually work all the materials and labor into the price of the garment. Prepare to pay more here. Prices can range from $1K for something simple and unadorned, up to $10K and beyond for the works: full trains, layers of petticoats, underskirts, bustles, intricate beading, etc. Median price range for a custom wedding gown as of this writing would be around $2-5000.00.
WHERE TO FIND DRESSMAKERS AND DESIGNERS
ONLINE- Most bridal designers have their own sites and more are using Etsy to promote their lines. If your heart is set on a star designer like Vera Wang and you happen to live in her area, try to make an appointment. Realize some (read: some) top designers do custom work in their flagship store. Remember though top designers get top dollar. As for custom designers without Vera's name but heavy on talent, if you're near a metro area, your chances of connecting with the right one are good. First thing you want to do is check out the gown photos the site. Is her vision and your own on the same page? Next go to her 'Real Brides' gallery . . . (if there is one) see what others looked like on their wedding day in her creations.
SALONS-Bridal salons and specialty stores sometimes employ custom designers or dressmakers either in house or as outside contractors. Depending on how they are set up, sometimes they'll give a referral if it doesn't interfere with the flow of business. In the olden days (1970s and further back), most salons had an experienced staff to deal with custom evening, gala and bridal.
CONSULTANTS-Bridal consultants or planners are an excellent source for referrals and usually know who is truly expert in the area by years of working with them. Some consultants are willing to work on an hourly basis or for a small referral fee.
FASHION EDITORS-Fashion or wedding section editors come in two different types: Regional mags and big time bloggers. The regional mags like San Francisco Bride can be helpful if you reach them directly or run across their editorials on bridal wear. Most newspapers feature a spread on weddings twice a year. Here, private designers are sometimes featured and listed. Ask for back issues. The big time bloggers you already know: Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes and Bride's Cafe to name just a few. They feature the finest and best in the industry and sometimes (mostly random) do regional posts because some designer, big or up and coming, peaks their fancy.
MAGAZINES-In the past few years, studio and private wedding designers have put gallery style or half page ads in some of the major bridal glossies. A few run regional sections with listings and the designer's particular specialty. Years back (like in the 80s-90s before internet) I found the only mags with these listings were the UK bridal publications. Now, thanks to the work of such publications like The Knot, these listings now exist here in the states.
YELLOW PAGES-Before the internet, this used to be the first place brides looked. After word of mouth, this is still the best place to find a dressmaker (not designer) in my opinion because the designers have all gone online.
FRIENDS-Finally word of mouth and recommendations through friends find the best designers and dressmakers. Someone knows someone who knows someone and often the same name will keep popping up in discussion. Follow it.
A custom designed gown is the pinnacle of pure construction. Brides who opt to go custom believe a gown should be comfortable as well as beautifully lined so she can wear it like a second skin--the whole component moving with her as if it is part of her body. If you think about this, it makes sense. She's connecting with a man. In spirit they link. The dress is symbolic of all that, so it should be a part of her and move right along with her. In the end, a custom designed gown is definitely worth the wait.
But jewelry lovers remember with the passage of time your charming piece of jewelry may lose its shine! It is due to dust and dirt. And certainly you cannot see that happening. That’s why it is advised to clean jewelry regularly. Cleaning can turn a dull piece of jewelry into a charming one. There are different types of jewelries like gold, silver, pearl and diamond jewelry and process of cleaning is different for each of them. Read the article below for knowing cleaning procedure of different jewelries.
Cleaning tips for gold jewelry
Soak gold jewelry in hot soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Next scrub with a soft rush and rinse in lukewarm water.
Allow jewelry to dry.
Add a few drops of ammonia into the soapy water to remove the tarnish.
Cleaning tips for silver jewelry
Soft cotton or flannel polishing cloth is used in the cleaning of silver jewelry like earrings, bracelets, finger rings or necklaces. These cleaning cloths have anti-tarnish elements which cleanses silver jewelry completely.
If jewelry has coils use a smooth brush to clean it.
Put jewelry in hot soapy water. It helps in cleaning dirt. After it rinse the piece of jewelry in lukewarm water, wipe with a cloth and allow it to dry.
Use a silver dip (liquid cleaner) or baking soda paste to remove tarnish.
Cleaning tips for diamond jewelry
Diamond jewelry is one of the favorite’s jewelries of women. Every woman has desire to wear them as she feels very high in wearing it. She has a great passion for diamond. But diamond too loses shine after frequent wearing. Below tips will help you in cleaning diamond jewelry.
Dip your diamond jewelry in warm soapy water.
Now scrub mildly with a smooth brush.
For areas which are hard to reach with brush use a toothpick to take out dirt from there.
After cleaning diamond jewelry allow it to dry on a clean cloth or tissue paper.
Cleaning tips for pearl jewelry
For cleaning pearl jewelry take a piece of cloth and dip it in soapy water. Then rub your jewelry with this damped cloth.
After cleaning rinse it gently and allow it to dry.
Never dip or soak pearl jewelry in soapy water, as it causes stretching of pearls.
Always wear pearl jewelry after cosmetics and perfumes are applied. Their application causes pearl dirty.
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Maybe you've narrowed down your search--decided you like the evening gown look but not absolutely, positively, 100 per cent sure an A-line is out of the question. Next you get up from the computer and go out shopping. Hitting every salon within a twenty-mile radius, you try on gowns in every shade of white imaginable. Still, nothing out there's really grabbed you. Then . . . a week or two later this concoction finally comes together in your head--the neckline you found in Weddings; the sleeve on the dress you tried on in the salon combined with the sweep train you spotted last week in the Film Noir. Once all this gets put together you'll have a custom designed gown, something one-of-a-kind like no other in the world.
I know the exact dress I want but can't find it online or in the stores. Luckily a friend recommended a designer she used. How is custom design different from buying in a salon?
REALITY 101: Making a gown from scratch requires more fittings than gowns ordered through a salon so you'll need to be open to the experience of watching your gown develop from the ground up. In addition, a custom designer or skilled seamstress puts many hours and a high level of craftsmanship into the creation of a custom gown. Working with fragile white fabric and delicate lace is an art form. Figure any custom gown crafted by a designer usually takes four to six months to complete from a listing of your measurements. Since the design process involved with a custom gown is more of a direct collaboration between you, you'll have more input with decisions regarding fabric, silhouette and style. Custom gowns are typically 80-90% handmade. This means machines do some work like the side seams, cross seams, etc. There are however stitches on these one-of-a-kind gowns only expert handwork can touch in order to produce that exquisite finish.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
Eventually a gown is in the making. After a final sketch is approved, a written estimate follows, complete with with fabric swatches and your measurements are taken. For every gown order a paper pattern is made. Think of the paper pattern as a blueprint, a record of all your dimensions on it. From this, most designers (some dressmakers too) work out a muslin. The muslin is an actual cotton mock-up and 'living pattern' of your gown's design, fitted exactly to your body. Think of your muslin as the foundation--the groundwork upon which your dress will be built. This is where most of the fine tuning will be done to that perfect fit before one cut or stitch goes into the true gown fabric(s).
After your muslin fittings (there may be two of them), the muslin is unstitched and laid out on the actual fabric and the gown is made up. Since most of the fitting has been worked out on the muslin, second and third fittings usually follow up with finishing touches to the gown like hemline, closures, remaining design details, etc. Be prepared for more than three fittings though. A gown made from the ground up is a work in progress and each step along the way is painstakingly taken, checked and rechecked. Keep in mind you want your gown delivered at least a month before your wedding. Yes, you'll need to synchronize your calendars on this one. You want to be able to relax and deal with all those other last minute details involved with your wedding, not still fussing around over hemlines.
Check in for Part II of Custom Designed on Monday . . .
Fashion people have lot of scope to apply their creativity in the footwear area and they do so. That’s why nowadays footwear is becoming more and more attractive and fashionable. They are not less than any expensive jewelry. Shoes, boots, sneakers, flats, sandals etc. are different varieties of footwear. Your perfect avatar cannot be complete without perfect footwear. But only style is not everything, your footwear should be comfortable too. There are certain tips you should keep in while selecting footwear. Here are they:
First, you need to own different types of shoes. Women who love wearing high heel shoes must have the heels of varying heights. Pointy toe footwear help the legs look longer.
When wearing slingback or backless shoes instead of pumps, your legs will look thinner. Some types of footwear such as sandals, soft leather flat shoes and slippers are all good choices for wearing at home.
Avoid wearing ankle straps footwear. That kind of shoes give the appearance of shorter legs, but try skinning the ankle straps if you still want the slimmer legs.
Before shopping for a shoe, draw the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Remember every one of us has different size feet.
No matter how stunning the footwear is, never buy it that is not fitting well and is comfortable. Choose shoes according to the activity you are going to be engaged in.
Buy shoes in evening time as your feet tend to swell slightly as the day progresses.
Though you can shop for shoes any where but online shopping is the best. You will have more choices and can get the discount shoes if offers are available.
Besides, it is also very important to pick out the suitable socks. Usually soft sock made out of cotton is the best. It acts as a barrier between the foot and shoe. Soft and thick socks can help prevent feet pain such as blister.Source URL: http://weddingspace.blogspot.com/2010/01/
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are, their personality, laughter and free spirit through the magic of her lens . . .