Friday, April 24, 2015

Feature Friday: Prom Season

Last week's post about bridal season was a huge success, so this week I interviewed Brittany about prom season.

Here's what she had to say:

How would you sum up prom season?
B: We've had a lot more dresses than last year and there's also some variety here as well. 

What style is popular this year?
Strapless dresses and sweetheart necklines. Some of the bridal styles that were popular a couple years ago are now really popular with prom.

What about specific dress styles?
B: Chiffon overlays are in this year. Very full chiffon at that. Two of the dresses had a circumference of 300 inches! Also beading and ruching are in as well. 

And the most popular color this year?
B: Cobalt Blue. We've had a lot of dresses with that color this year.

Do you have any advice for girls shopping for prom dresses?
B: Prom dresses usually have a quick turnaround unless there's a lot of chiffon. Be prepared that if your dress has a very full chiffon overlay, alteration prices are higher because it takes a lot more time to work on. We enjoy working on these dresses though! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Feature Friday: Bridal Season

As you know, wedding and prom season is here! This means many, many, many dresses! We currently have 30 gowns in the Studio and more coming in next week!

For this weeks Feature Friday, I decided to talk with Brittany, the Workroom Supervisor, about what trends are in this year and what it's like to work on wedding gowns.

How would you sum up this wedding season?

B: We've seen a variety of bridal dress styles this year, which is really exciting.

What would you say is a popular style this year?

B: The body hugging dress, similar to what Duchess Kate wore at her wedding and her sister, Pippa's gown. 

What about specific designs on the dress itself?
B: Appliques, pearls, and lace have been really popular. 

Would you say the gowns this year are more strapless or have sleeves?
B: Definitely more sleeves this year, or thicker straps. There's not as many strapless this year.

And dress color?
B: Champagne is popular, but no dress has exactly the same shade. We also have a red wedding gown this year!

Where are clients getting their gowns from this year?
B: Most of our clients have purchased their gowns from consignment or at the Brides Against Breast Cancer Expo. Then they bring it to us so we can make it into their dream dress!

And the bridesmaid dress color this season?
B: A lot of peach and shades of pink. Many jewel tones as well. We've also seen a lot of jewel tone dresses for prom this year!

What is one thing you can say about working on wedding gowns?
B: No matter how many dresses I've worked on, which have been a lot, it's still (and always will be) scary when doing hems. We always check and RE-Check everything we do before we do it!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Feature Friday: Spring Colors!

Now that Spring has arrived on the East Coast (finally!), I thought it would be the perfect time to share this season's most popular clothing colors for men & women.

Pantone recently released a digital booklet of these colors with their codes. Maybe if you see a color you like, you can use it for your next creation!

Top 10 Clothing Colors for Women

Top 10 Clothing Colors for Men

What colors do you like best? Comment below!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Feature Friday: All About Our New Website!

On Wednesday, April 1, we launched our newly designed website.  
Have you had a chance to check it out yet?

If you haven't, click the link below!

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So, What's New?

Aside from the obvious design change, we've simplified navigation greatly to make it easier for clients and potential clients to look around. Our Services are now highlighted immediately on the page and viewers can get a better idea of what we have to offer. We've also added a link to this Blog in the "About Us" menu.

But Wait...There's More!

Print from Home! Need to register for a Studio event? Sign up for a sewing class? Want to be ready to go for your first alteration appointment? We've added a new "Registration Forms" link which has all of our forms available for you to print at home!

Shop Away! We've added an online shop right on our website for you to browse through all of our Private Label items! You can check out with the convenience of Paypal and have your new garment delivered right to your door.

More Details! We took some of our most common questions from clients regarding our services and made sure to answer every one on the website. This includes our rental policies, custom clothing consultation fees, and specific alterations we offer in the Studio.

More Photos! We've expanded our galleries greatly on the new website and will continue to do so throughout the year. We've added more of our rental items that weren't previously pictured including vintage hats, shoes, aprons, and other accessories.

 Contact Us! As another convenience for our beloved clients and future clients, we've added a new contact form which allows you to quickly send your questions to us. We will then respond to you via e-mail.

Reviews Galore! We love our clients, did we already mention that? So we included a page of all the nice things they've said about us over the years. These reviews came from hand written notes, Yelp and Angie's List reviews!

We hope that you love the new website as much as we do! We'd love to hear your feedback!

Have a wonderful weekend!