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Case Study: Sophie's custom made veil

The case study below should describe the process of how a real life WBMS client bought a customed made veil over Skype from America and picked it up in Sydney.

Client Name: Sophie
Case Study: Design a veil with cap for a boho bride
 
Total Amount of Appointments: 3. Each Appointments: 45minutes - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Chantilly Lace, English Tulle
 
Background
 
First Bridal Appointment. Time: 45 min
Client’s sister made an appointment to visit our showroom. The first meeting was done over Skype Video with client’s sister present. Over a mobile phone, bride in San Francisco was able to attend a bridal appointment. Client described what she wanted very clearly with a little help from reference images. We described the process of how the veil will be achieved and showed client some lace swatches. Client was happy to go ahead with the order, signed the contract and paid in full. Since client was not able to physically get measured. We instructed her on how to take measurements for the veil cap via Skype.
 
First Bridal Fitting. Time: 45 min
 
Client returned to Sydney one week before her wedding. She came in for a fitting and the veil fit well. Minor alterations were required to ensure cap was slightly tighter.
 
Second Bridal Fitting. Time: 45 min
Bride came in for one last fitting with her veil and dress.
She was very pleased with the results.
 
Photo: Client at her final bespoke veil fitting.
 
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Photo Below: Client very pleased with the veil

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Case Study - Dominica's Bridal Gown

The case study below should provide you with a brief description of how a real life WBMS bride got her mother’s wedding dress restructured for her own wedding.

Client Name: Dominica
Case Study: Update Dominica’s mother’s wedding dress to reflect Dominica’s personal style. Dominica likes Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and wanted to update her own gown to include sleeves and neckline similar to Middleton’s gown.
 
Total Amount of Fittings: 6 fittings. Each fitting: 45minutes - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Tulle, Embroidery lace, taffetta
Silhouette: Ball gown.
 
Background
Dominica’s sister previously got something made from WBMS.
After thorough research, Dominica decided to work with WBMS to update her mother’s wedding gown into her own. She wanted a lace bodice with sleeves inspired by Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Designer Helen Constance  also suggested that a tulle skirt be added to the gown for a modern ball gown finish. 
 
Assessment
Gown is perfect size for Dominica. Bodice and sleeves are a little dated. The skirt is not full enough for a ball gown silhouette.  Inner skirt needed updating to a pencil style.
 
Solution
Since Dominica likes the neckline and sleeves of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, we prepared the bodice to become a sweet heart shape and added lace. We must Remove 3-d flowers in order to reconstruct the bodice. 3-d Flowers to be appliqued on when new bodice is complete.
 
First Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Dominica came in and tried on the gown. We assessed the gown condition and workmanship. Since it is still in very good condition, we could go ahead and begin planning the reconstruction.
 
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Second Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Dominica met with Helen to visit lace wholesaler to pick a suitable lace for her wedding gown bodice. The trip was fruitful and we found the perfect lace for her wedding gown.
 
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Photo: The inner taffeta skirt had to be slim-lined more like a pencil skirt.
 
Third Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Calico was used to make a toile of the bodice and skirt. This toile forms the pattern for the new bodice and skirt. With this toile pattern we are able to cut out the new lace bodice and skirt for construction.
 
 
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Photo: Calico toile was created on Dominica to form a pattern for new lace bodice.
 
Fourth Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Dominica tried on the new lace bodice and sleeves attached to the skirt. Pencil skirt with gathered tulle was worn inside the taffeta overskirt. Additional gather tulle was place on the side of the hips under the taffeta skirt to create a fuller ball gown silhouette.
 
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Photo: Dominica wearing toile with tulle pencil skirt.
 
Fourth Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Lace applique was hand sewn onto the neckline of front and back to create a feminine and delicate finish. The bodice fits perfectly.
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Photo: Bodice fits perfectly. The neckline is hand finished with lace applique.
 
Fifth Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
The bodice fits perfectly. We need to determine where to put in the zip and pearl buttons. Sleeves still needed to be slim lined.
 
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Photo: The sleeves needed to be slim-lined. Fitting was required to determine how much weight Dominica lost before her wedding.
 
Sixth Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Dominica looks amazing in her bodice and gown. Centre back fit well and she was happy with her pearl buttons details. #d Flowers previously removed from her mother’s wedding gown was now re-appliqued on by hand onto the taffeta skirt near the waist. The dress is finally complete!
 
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Photo: Sleeves slim-lined. The original 3-d flowers and pearls were re-appliqued onto the taffeta skirt.
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Photo: Pearl buttons and bustle buttons and loops were added onto the back of skirt.
 
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Photo: Dominica on her wedding day wearing a reconstructed wedding dress from her mother’s bridal gown.
 
Dominica’s Testimonial for WBMS Bridal;
 
Helen Constance and Roderick Ng created my dream dress from my mum's own beautiful dress. With their efforts, we have created a tradition that will be treasured by generations to come.

Marta Madison's Sketch of Helen Constance's Gown Featured In Art/Edit Magazine

Helen Constance met Marta Madison at a Helen Constance #mycouturestyle trunk show in October. Marta was so inspired by the lines and subtle rose tones of the Aubrey gown she completed this sketch during a single fitting.

Marta says,"I was enthralled by the beauty of this gown while it was on display during the trunk show for Helen Constance. A stunning bride-to-be tried it on and the 'wow' factor was unmistakable. I began a simple sketch, which became a memorable work of art. I want to thank Helen Constance for allowing me access to her gowns."

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Images courtesy of Marta Madison, www.drawntofashion.com.au

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Photo: Aubrey by Helen Constance #mycouturestyle

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Photo: Cover of Art / Edit Magazine, featuring Marta Madison's sketch of Aubrey by Helen Constance #mycouturestyle

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Photo: Marta's Sketch of Aubrey by Helen Constance #mycouturestyle as featured in Art/Edit Magazine.

Case Study - Emma's Bridal Gown

This case study provides you with a description of how a WBMS bride order a gorgeous sheath satin gown and bridal millinery for her outdoor wedding.

Client Name: Emma Heath
Case Study: Help Emma find a gorgeous wedding dress that would be suitable for her outdoor wedding.
 
Total Bridal No. of Appointments: 3. 
Time: 45mins - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Duchess satin, lining , beading
Silhouette: Sheath
Accessories: Bridal Millinery with hand made flowers.
 
Background

Emma is a time poor bride looking for a beautiful gown. Her friends at work referred her to Helen Constance. She came in with an open mind to find something beautiful for her outdoor wedding.
 
First Bridal Appointment. Time: 1hr
After speaking with bridal designer,  Helen Constance, Emma was invited to try three styles. Emma was clear in describing her needs and the styles that would appeal to her. It was no suprise that Emma ordered the second dress she tried on. She likes the gown for its simplicity and luxurious details. The silhouette projects a vintage style while the satin and beaded lace yoke convey a luxurious finish. The fit and length was perfect for her in the first fitting. Helen matched the dress with a stunning hand-made bridal headpiece. Emma loved it and she paid the gown in full and signed the contract at this fitting.
 
Second Bridal Appointment. Time: 1 hr
 
A second appointment is required three months from her order. A brand new gown was completed and presented to her. She lost weight as many brides often do, especially since it was close to her wedding. Her shoes were brought in for the checking of the hem length.  This fitting also enables us to pin the bustle up and determined where to put the button and loop.
 
Third Bridal meeting. Time: 1 hr
A third fitting was required to ensure all alterations are done precisely. Emma is very pleased with the gown and bustle. She was also presented with the head piece that she ordered. She is excited with the outcome of gown and bridal headpiece.

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Photo: Emma ordered this dress. She loves the simplicity and luxurious finish of the gown.
  
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Photo: Emma at her final fitting. The gown is a perfect fit. Her bustle buttons and loops are complete.

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 Photo: Emma Heath is wearing a hand-made bridal millinery piece she ordered from WBMS.

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Photo: Emma at her outdoor wedding.

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Photo: Emma and her beau on their wedding day.

Image: Emma gave WBMS 5-stars on her Facebook Review.
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Case Study - Anny's Wedding Dress and Red Reception Gown

This case study should provide you with a description of how a real life WBMS bride order and customised her wedding dress and reception gown.

Client Name: Anny Huang
Case Study: Design a wedding gown for Anny that is original and incorporate the colour purple.
 
Total Amount of Fittings: 6 fittings. Each fitting: 45minutes - 1 hour.
Fabrics: Tulle, Horse Hair, Duchess Satin.
Trims: Hand-made fabric flowers.
Silhouette: Ball Gown
 
Background
Anny came in with her mum and her dad. She is looking for something original for her wedding.
 
First Bridal Meeting. Time: 1hr
Anny shared with us her interests in design. She enjoys fashion and is looking for wedding dress that is original and fun. After trying on a few ball gowns, she settled on a gown with structural bodice and cups. She fell in love the hand-made flowers we specialise in. So we suggested to her that we could incorporate purple elements that she likes into shoulder sash and belt, which we can add to her gown. She was thrilled at the idea and decided to order the bridal gown. After she paid the 60% deposit and signed the contract, we took her measurements.
 
First fitting. Time: 1hr
After the initial meeting, Anny arranged to have her first fitting three month later. She wanted to start fitting after she achieved her fitness goals. As expected, her first fitting shows that a significant amount of weight had been lost. We had to take in her wedding dress for her. Anny was one size smaller, we had to resize the cups and add additional padding into bust area.
 
Second fitting. Time: 45 minutes
Anny came in and had another fitting. The dress is now fitting better. At the second fitting we wanted to work with her to come up with the floral decorations for her shoulder sash and belt. We work with her suggestions and pins hand-made flowers onto the sash on a mannequin to help her visualize the final outcome. Her suggestions of pink and purple flowers were incorporated into the final shoulder sash and bridal belt.
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Photo: Hand-made flowers pinned on a shoulder sash. Mannequin helps Anny visualise the final outcome.
 
Third fitting. Time: 45 minutes
 
Shoulder sash and belt with hand-made flowers are now hand finished. We pin the sash in at the neckline and put the belt on for Anny to show her what it would look like. This help determined the tension required before we sew in the sash. She was very pleased with the hand sewing and finishes. However, she lost more weight and we had to take in more at the centre back to give her a tighter fit. While her mum was present, her mum suggested a three-tiered veil. We will achieve this veil in the next fitting.
 
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Photo: Her shoulder sash is pinned on the bodice to determine tension required before we sew the sash in.

Fourth fitting fitting. Time: 45 minutes
Sash is now sewn in. Her veil is complete as per her mum’s suggestion. Anny was very pleased with the results thus far, she went on to order an additional gown in red for her reception.
 
Fifth fitting fitting. Time: 45 minutes
Anny had to come in to get her hem cut. We had to move her horse hair details up to retain integrity of the gown design since we had to cut the hem to fit her height. The red gown is sewn up. She tried on her red gown, and had to get the hem adjusted.
 
Sixth fitting fitting. Time: 45 minutes
Anny is presented with the finished wedding gown. Hem finished, veil complete, shoulder sash and belt - hand sewn. She was excited about the outcome. She is also presented with the red gown, now finished. She tried it on with her belt. She enjoyed glowing reviews from her family and friends.

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Photo: Anny in her bridal gown on the final fitting.

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Photo: Anny in her red reception gown with split, on the final fitting.

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Photo: Anny and partner Bosco on their wedding day.
 
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Photo: Anny and Bosco at their reception dinner.

Anny’s 5 stars google review for WBMS Bridal;
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