Getting Into And Out Of Your Wedding Dress

Having fallen head over heels in love with your wedding dress you are now counting down the days, weeks and months until you get to wear your dream wedding gown. It is only when you go to put it on, probably at your bridal fitting that you may realise that you don’t actually know how to get into, or how to get out of your wedding dress. It is a good idea to have someone who will be with you when you are getting ready for your wedding to accompany you to a fitting so the assistant can show you and them how the dress works. This is also handy if you are having an evening loop fitted to hook up your train later on in the evening. You can also designate this job to the person assisting you with your wedding dress on the big day.

The bridal wear market has many styles of wedding dresses. Zip-backed dresses are probably the easiest to get in and most definitely the quickest for you to get out of. If your dress has a zip back and the zip is struggling to glide up on the day then a paper clip or piece of ribbon threaded through the loop may assist. Some zip back wedding dresses feature lacing or hook and eye detailing in the inner part of the wedding gown. Ensure this is done securely and comfortably first before doing the zipper otherwise you may end up fidgeting throughout your day.

Some bridal gowns feature delicate button backs. They look beautiful but can prove tricky to do up so make sure you allow plenty of time to put on your wedding dress on the day. A crochet hook can be a very useful tool for pulling over the loops onto the buttons. Begin at the bottom and work your way up. It’s usually easier to undo the buttons than it is to do them up!

Corset or lace back wedding dresses can also be time consuming to put on. Start lacing the gown at the top of the bodice, ensuring that the lacing thread or ribbon is of even lengths either side. Check that you are happy with positioning of the dress and that there is no gaping around the neckline and is sat where it should be on the bustline before the person doing up the lacing starts. If the bride places her hands on her waist it will help keep the dress in place and create an illusion of a smaller waist. As the person lacing your dress threads the lace through the loops they should be going in the same direction to create a symmetrical pattern. The laces should be tightened as they work their way down the V shape back, ensuring that the lacing is not twisted and stays flat. On reaching the end of the lacing it can then be tied securely in a bow. It is a personal choice as to whether you have the remaining ribbon left trailing outside of your wedding dress or tucked in. Have a look in the mirror at both options to you as to which you would prefer. Thankfully, for the groom, lace back wedding gowns are easier to get off than what they are to put on. Unfasten the bow and pull out the lacing – Simple!

Zuri Zuri By Flora Women’s Daisy Cut Out Sleeveless Shift Dress

Flora’s exquisite outfit for your night parties will have all the ladies eyeing you with envy and curiosity, unable to figure out the cuts and design. Zuri Zuri specializes in body fitting dresses so that you can flaunt your perfect body at every party you go to. Every client is our model and the crowd is guaranteed to drool over our models through every street they pass. Flora has always been motivated for bringing something new and different to the market. Her designs and ideas are mostly creative and according to the customer needs. If you look at the Zuri Zuri clothing line, you’ll find amazing dresses ready to be worn on different occasions.

Mostly, all of the sleeveless dresses are either simple or over stuffed due to the fear of if being simple. And if the design comes out to be good, the price range shocks the head of every customer. This dress clearly keeps in mind the price tag and the design needs of an average person. This daisy cut out sleeveless shift dress enhances the laces used in black color. The scalloped hem is the highlight of the dress that will attract the most attention. The lining beneath the lacy couture ends at a perfect length to leave only one cut out flower border at the hem with your skin peeking out only in few inches as preview of your beauty.

The lacy cut out flowers in the dress is lined vertically to make you look sleeker while the size of the flowers also compliments your body structure. The unique Satin cut-out dress will make you look like an exclusive person on your next party. The dress is made up of 100% polyester which makes it warm and comfy to wear in winters. So whether it’s a poolside party or an office get together, this dress will fit in amazingly. The daisy cut-outs lined in the front is a unique style adopted by Flora for a special experience and exceptional design. Zipper is located at the back with a closure to keep the dress elegant and sophisticated. Sleeveless with polyester makes it warm for the night parties in winters. Mostly, sleeveless dresses are known to be thin or for hot weather but Flora kept in mind the needs of customer who want to go sleeveless in even winters.

The dress could go with flats but the designer recommends wearing it with heels as it will cherish the splendor of this sleeveless dress. The most awesome thing about Zuri Zuri is that they offer 10% off on their eligible stuff after you purchase one item from them. This dress is available on Amazon right now on sale so you must not miss the chance of losing this outfit which is this easily available. The dress is only available in black as only this color will maintain the elegance of the dress. Black dresses in night parties always look amazing along with black heels or black tights. It makes the woman prominent in a crowd of people.

Sewing “All-In-One” Short/Long Formal Dresses

Here is a formal dress that is an all-time classic and still works today. It is a great idea for bridesmaids dresses.

This clever dress actually leads a double life. It’s design gives it the unique ability to be worn long to the ankle or as short as you like. It is one that doesn’t have to spend most of its life in the closet. It converts into a short length with the drop of a skirt.

The secret of this simple slender dress is the second skirt which is attached to a half slip of lining and is worn underneath the short dress.

When worn together, they give a tunic like effect. To convert to the short length, the half-slip is removed and with it the attached lower skirt.

This idea is not for flared, full or bouffant skirts. But, it works beautifully on slim straight skirts or dresses.

To sew this skirt, you need an additional 1-1/8 yards of the dress or skirt fabric and about 2 yards of 42 inch lining fabric. (Ambiance Bemberg Rayon works well.)

Finish sewing the short dress or short skirt first.

Then sew a long half slip of lining fabric.

1. Use a simple straight skirt pattern that fits you. It should have a center back seam.

2. Add about 12 inches to the length. Plan to finish the lining hem about 2 inches above the ankle.

3. Cut the width of the lining slip the same as the bottom width of your short dress or short skirt.

4. Stitch the side seams at 3/4″ rather than 5/8″. This will make the slip slightly smaller to fit under the short dress or short skirt.

5. Make a narrow elastic waist or a narrow waist band with a side opening. A zipper is not necessary.

6. Plan to have a slit in the center back seam for walking ease.

7. Try on the short dress and long half-slip.

8. Mark the half-slip 3 inches above the finished lower edge of the dress. This is where you will attach the lower skirt.

The Lower Skirt

1. For the lower skirt, use the dress pattern.

2. Measure 20 inches up from the lower edge of the pattern and mark front and back. Use this lower marked section for your under lower skirt pattern.

3. Stitch the center back seam at 5/8″ and leave a slit opening for walking ease.

4. Stitch the lower skirt together making the side seams 3/4″ deep.

5. Place right sides together with the bottom of the lower skirt laying up toward the half-slip waist and the top edge of the lower skirt laying along the marked line on the half-slip.

6. Stitch the lower skirt to the half-slip along the marking that is 3 inches above the short length dress.

7. Turn the lower skirt down over the stitched seam.

8. Hem the lower edge to your desired length.

9. Whip the half-slip lining slit to the lower skirt slit to secure.

Enjoy your “All-In-One” short/long formal.

It just makes sense!

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10 Ways to Accessorize the Plus Size Little Black Dress

There’s probably one thing that all plus-size women and their wardrobes have in common. Should I let you guess? Yep, you’re right, it’s the predominance of black clothing. It’s funny. Somewhere along the way, we all seem to have bought into the idea that black is SLIMMING – and into the further idea that we needed to be “slimmed” by our clothing. An annoying concept for those of us who LIKE our curves. (And who see the irony in skinny women “enhancing” curves after starving to be slender.) Why can’t we all just get along???

But I didn’t start this article to write all that. I started this article to talk about my favorite topic: the plus size little black dress. There is one thing that we ALL need in our wardrobe, and that’s the perfect little black dress. Why? Because that one garment can take you from your daytime doldrums to your night-time fantasies within seconds – and almost as simply as if your fairy godmother showed up with a pair of glass slippers and a pumpkin carriage!

First of all, make sure that you HAVE a few little black dresses on hand, and make sure they’re stylish and in good condition. Sometimes we wear them so often, that they’ve simply lost their pizzazz. If you need one or two new ones, be BOLD and go for a shorter hem or a lower neckline. After all, you can always toss on a great long, dramatic silk scarf (tied at the back of your neck) to create a more appropriate look for the office. When you leave for the day, tie that same scarf sideways around your waste to add an attention-getting extra to your ensemble.

What else can you do to pump up the volume? Here’s 8 more tips to get the ball rolling.

Stockings. Remember that a simple little black dress can carry a bigger accessory statement. Go for fishnet pantyhose! … or at least consider a few polka dots or a classy seam up the back.

Shoes. Okay, this is your chance to give yourself a REAL lift. The great thing about a black basic is that you can add almost ANY signature color to your accessories. Just make sure that you create a symphony of color – and not chaos. If your shoes are red, your scarf should feature the same shade too. You get the picture.

Think about a hat. Same reason. A basic black outfit can carry those amazing extras that a print or plaid might not. Just keep the chapeau to the same level of classiness.

Go for the gusto with ONE big signature piece of jewelry, instead of an ensemble.

Follow 7th Avenue’s latest craze and add a vibrant, colored trench over your little black dress!

Add a zipper! If you’ve seen anything in the media about fashion recently, you’ve probably noticed that exterior, exposed zippers are jazzing it up all over the place. Want to make a strong statement with little effort? Use double-sided tape to put a long faux zipper up the back of your dress – or hey – up the FRONT would be amazing! (Just remember, it will only get you through the night!) Remember to actually SEW the zipper in place if you love the look!

Got an old dress that you’re ready to replace? Add a few inches of lace at the bottom and at the neckline and save it for your next special occasion. Lace might be too dressy for the office, but it is always a go at weddings and christenings.

Vintage Style Dresses: How To

Whether you’re a 20s gamine flapper or more of a 70s hippie princess, vintage style dresses are both flexible and versatile enough to be fitted around you. At first only seen in kooky, backstreet boutiques, they slowly (but surely!) grafted into high street chains and stores alike. Only a fool would miss out on an opportunity to turn back the clock, relieve styles long ago and rock a frock of the past.

The greatest issue when it comes to wearing genuine vintage however is of course the age, the more dated the dress, the more likely it is to come loose at the seams and even tear. Unless you can afford the upkeep of your dress, through means such as dry cleaning, hand washing and the ever apparent repairing of stitches and zippers, for most women genuine vintage poses many problems. Nonetheless vintage style dresses are a cheaper, far more practical solution to a wide spread problem.

It’s no secret that styles are used time and time again; both designers and high street brands recycle the past and mould it for the 21st century woman. The fashion elite are always ravenous for something new, scanning catwalks with beady eyes, ogling potential ideas and grilling the designers, if it’s been seen before, it’s not wanted. Fashion blogs flow with fresh and innovative looks and trends, thousands of articles are written about the hottest of styles and journalists and bloggers alike join together to preach about the wonders of searching for that one look. Inspiration however, is the most crucial element within fashion, no idea is totally unique, and every great and prospective fashion trend has sprung from the mind of someone great who was captivated by things in the past.

When buying vintage style dresses however there are two rules every woman must follow, the most important and crucial of those is of adoration. Not only should you adore your dress but the dress should equally adore and flatter you, allow it to highlight your androgynous look or accentuate your elf like femininity. The second and last of the rules is of fun and excitement, if you’re channelling Mad Men or you’re following more of a Wes Anderson vibe, unless you’re enjoying showing off your vintage inspired dress, you may as well be wearing jeans and a jumper.