Friday, 31 August 2012

Dresses from China...

Front before hemming
back before hemming belt complete

China is such a great place to source that special dress! The price is to die for! andi can't even buy the material for that cost... BUT... there is sometimes a down side which keeps us busy... The fit! and even the quality of fabric?

Recently a very sweet workmate of mine was invited to be a bridesmaid at her besties wedding. The bride-to-be chose a gorgeous bridesmaid dress from an online shop (China).

Adjusted hem line 
Old hem lots of ups & downs!
Pretty on the day 

The design of the dress was great but the fit... ummm not to good! Lucky they seem to always be too big! Great for the dressmaker as a re-cut is easy, as is the hem. 

I guess the warning is to be prepared to spend some extra money on a garment to ensure a perfect fit. Problems fixed included: Re-hem lining and overskirt, adjust yoke as was not sewn in straight, adjusted ruche under arms to reduce bulge, re-fashioned sash to be ruche at front and flat through the bow and tails, removed belt loops from sides as were set too high and not required. The bridesmaid dress is just as important as the brides dress (ask any bridesmaidzilla!) even though it maybe worn only once... the photography lasts forever!

The quality of the fabric can also be a let down at times too! So be aware and remember to add a few dollars for alterations.

The saying 'you get what you pay for' is so true, and that feeling of disappointment when you try on that ill fitting garment for the first time leaves a bitter taste... don't lose hope... just call your local dressmaker!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Music Fashion Revealed - IKON fashion management

andi attended a Fashion and Music show held by IKON recently in Haymarket Sydney.

The night was not only a great showcase of designer talent but the young generation of models and singers. These youngsters (Circa 14 - 18 years) demonstrated not only great passion and strength over the entire evening but also excellent professionalism way beyond their years!

Fashion is a tough and highly competitive industry with the new emerging talent raising the bar higher and higher.

One such fashion designer caught my eye on the night, Rathenart Artworks and Design by Rebecca Anne Brady. The short skirt seen to the left is a hand painted fabric and looks sensational! The ability to create your own fabric design gives the designer the ultimate ability to produce the most bespoke garment. Rebecca an accomplished artist has created a unique clothing range where 'art meets fashion'.



Monday, 13 August 2012

Thank You Jennifer at Pintucks

Visit Pintucks -  goto links page
I added Pintucks link to my link page
and asked Jennifer if that would be okay?

Her reply:

"I think your website is fun and interesting, and I wonder why you don't have your own blog. You obviously have alot of interests and your projects would be fun to read about. It's also a great way to keep in touch with your international friends."

So Thanks Jennifer for the push it seems 
like a lot of work but I hope the readers will enjoy it! andi