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Vintage Smart-Dog Blog
|Posted on 6 July, 2012 at 1:46||comments (0)|
Choosing your wedding dress is often one of the most exciting elements of preparing for your big day. There is certainly a mind-boggling choice, and a lot of advice on offer in magazines and wedding blogs. In addition to looking through these, prospective brides will also, usually, take some time to see what is available in high street bridal stores, where a made-to-order service is offered.
Made-to-order is not the same as made-to-measure. If you order from a sample dress that you have tried on in a shop, even if it is a 'designer gown', that style is then made up in the standard size that is closest to your measurements. Any adjustments needed because you do not fit the standard size precisely in height or other variations, would mean alteration, normally charged in addition to the purchase price.
Having a dress made-to-measure means that you can choose. The style is exactly what you want; the beautiful fit is included in the price and achieved by fittings at each stage of construction. You will feel pampered and special, as you see your gown 'evolve' thoughout the exciting creative process.
Whether your dress is made-to-order, Vintage or, made-to-measure, all good suppliers should be able to give you confident answers to the following questions.
at Vintage Smart
you are guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly service
Most brides come to Vintage Smart if they have strong ideas about the style of dress they would like; because they simply can't find a gown with the combination of style features they are looking for, or because they realise they want something unique; different to what they have found on offer elsewhere.
Whilst I specialize in Vintage and Vintage-inspired gowns, I can make you anything you want. With over 20 years experience in designing and making stunning gowns, I can also offer informed advice to help you with your choice.
I make dresses for Bridesmaids and other occasions too!
|Posted on 13 March, 2012 at 16:44||comments (2)|
|Posted on 23 January, 2012 at 11:30||comments (1)|
Size does matter!
Sorry boys but size really does matter!...... particularly when buying Vintage. It is a fact that women are larger these days and not neccessarily in a bad way! Women are taller and broader and the increased use of elastane to provide stretch in many modern fabrics makes garments quite forgiving meaning we can all kid ourselves a little what size we really are. This is not the case with a lot of genuine Vintage clothing.
Underwear has always been used to redistribute our 'assets' to conform to the fashionable shape of the day. Nowadays implants, plastic surgery and padded bras have been used to change the 'desirable' proportions and impossible perkiness of boobs. The average bust size has increased.
The average shoe size has also increased from 5 (38) to 6 (39)
The average dress size is now at least a 14 and that is in modern sizing so perhaps even nearer a 16. Perhaps stores have also been 'sizing to flatter'.
Pattern sizing has remained fairly consistent however and it can come as a shock for potential brides when they try on Wedding dresses because these tend to be made 'true-to-size' and are often boned and very fitted. Brides may have to try on dresses 2 sizes larger than they have become used to buying in High Street stores in order for them to fit.
It is important to be aware of the original period and sizing of a genuine Vintage garment but if it is to be worn rather than just admired it is also important to know the dimensions or how the size corresponds to a modern body and a more modern perception of size and fit.
For my website I include sizing details........