Providence area Engaged Couples are going to love Love Craft!   12 Hand Picked Local Artists are going to have their amazing handmade Wedding Wares for sale at Craftland for two days.  Everything you need for your big event right there, and most of us will be taking custom orders and making appointments for other services too.  Several of the Artists have Etsy shops and other online stores, but this is your opportunity to see things in person before you commit.

A very modern take on a Wedding Show!
  
Saturday March 22nd from 11AM to 6PM.

Sunday March 23rd from 11AM to 5PM.

Craftland 235 Westminster Street in Downtown Providence, RI




Featured artists: 
Seams Couture
Peggy Cole Collection by Mode Merr
Darrien Segal
Heart of Gold by Heather Wells
Figs and Ginger
Rag & Bone Bindery
New Moon Studio
Parrott Design Studio
Albertine Press
Bellaria Designs Photography
Duck & Bunny Snuggery
Ellie’s Bakery

Humble Pie Company

This event is open to the public and free of charge. However, if engaged couples would like to receive a FREE gift bag full of special treats, free samples and discounts from our vendors and many other local businesses, they must register for the event: www.craftlandshop.com/pages/lovecraft 

Here's a little background story about how this new Annual event came about: http://www.craftlandshop.com/blogs/news/12950981-meet-harper-from-seams-couture
Catch you on the flip side!
Seams Couture is taking a short hiatus while we get the New Studio and Showroom ready.  
We have a little bit of construction and painting to do in the next few weeks, but will Re-Open for Appointments in the new digs in Providence, Rhode Island early this Spring!
SUMMER 2013 and beyond Wedding Dates can still be secured for our services.  
Just shoot us an email anytime via the website www.seamscouture.com 
Ciao, Harper :)

In the meantime, enjoy this photo from our Spring Photo Shoot at Linden Place in Bristol, RI.  The heirloom magnolia tree in the courtyard is a two story stunner in full bloom!  Photo by Binita Patel, Styling by Gracie Lou Events, Hair and Makeup by Demiche Beaute, Gown and Jacket by Seams Couture, Model Jemesii. 







Rave Reviews!
Seams Couture and your other Wedding Vendors love a good word! 
                                                   (as seen in Style Unveiled photo by Binita Patel Photography)

Wedding Wire, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot show our reviews in order to help Brides navigate the waters of searching for the perfect Professionals to help make their dreams come true.  If you loved working with us then we'd love a Review. 
Click the site link for Wedding Wirehttp://www.eventwire.com/review/seamscouture
Thank You for being an Awesome Seams Couture Bride :)


Behind the Scenes: China.com Gowns 
Be a Smart Shopper and think before you click.


Don't say we didn't warn ya.  The allure of a price tag and the ease of a click away sure is a powerful thing, however the quality of what you're getting for the price, risks involved, and the undermining of legitimate US businesses far outweighs the bargain.  Think before you click!


SEAMS Couture recently contributed to an article on the subject in The Knot called 'Wedding Dress Horror Stories', so please read!
http://wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/wedding-dress-shopping-horror-stories.aspx?MsdVisit=1


What is Design Piracy?  A Designer puts out a Wedding Gown Collection once or twice a year.  A copy is a form of design theft, but a grey area as there is usually something different about the copy and it's obvious in the photos which are on different models, etc.  A real copy house like ABS who publicly copies the Royal Wedding Gowns within hours of walking down the aisle, is very open about the source and the original Designer.  Also they explain the difference in cost of materials used!  Use of the original Designer's photos on another site that is not selling THAT gown is Piracy.  When a website shows a photo from a catalog or runway by Legitimate Designer X, clearly a professional model in a professional photo of the real dress but the price is say $200.?  That's your clue.


Unless the website is a real resale website like Smartbrideboutique.com or RecycledBride.com you're not getting a bargain on a real gown.  Several Design Pirates are parading on websites like Ebay and Etsy, so ask questions and look around before you take the plunge.  There are legit Designers (like SEAMS Couture!) selling unworn Sample Gowns on Ebay and Etsy too!  Etsy Pirates are getting clever about pretending to be a girl in Seattle who likes to sew etc., Etsy HQ is inept about removing them to protect their real Sellers and their reputation.  Besides which, what if it doesn't arrive?  What if it doesn't fit?  Will they answer the phone and honor a return?  Then what?  Most of us will not alter the .com gowns, so if it doesn't fit you're stuck with it.  Listen to the Brides on the blog boards who are warning you!


Why is this important?  Contrary to the belief of some Bloggers out there, the Entire Wedding Industry is NOT out to rip you off, in fact it's quite the opposite!  The word 'Wedding' does NOT automatically up the price of everything.  A Wedding gown is an entirely different piece of clothing than anything else in your closet: it is made of different materials, constructed differently, takes far more time to make, and also must fit perfectly in order to photograph beautifully.  Buying from these websites is quite literally putting US Designers and Stores out of business.  Then what?  We're real people who are here to help you, can roll with the changes that can arise during the process of planning an event, and really care about your happiness!  It's a Big Picture thing.  Support Made in USA whenever you can!


Like the Council of Fashion Designers of America @CFDA says 'You Can't Fake Fashion'!

Real Seams Brides: A Change of Plans
'life is what happens when you're busy making other plans' -John Lennon

Sometimes weddings don't go as originally planned, things happen and
they're re-scheduled, or sometimes they just don't happen at all.  Sometimes it's ultimately for the best and only time can make us realize that.
Several years ago Kelly's Custom Wedding Dress was on the workroom rack 98.2% finished with minor touches like the zipper and a bit of hand sewing as her Wedding was 3 weeks away...
Then we got the call that the Wedding was off!  Cancelled.  
A Seams first and a total shocker.  
As promised the dress was packed up, bagged and tagged, and put in deep storage for 'someday' and now the someday is a real Wedding Date!
Dress A (working sketch below) as we're going to call the original got some work done to become Dress B.   B for better!
(Not all Brides bring in a full Fashion Mood Board to work from!  
Instead of a full sketch, I just drew in my pattern specs to work from.)


This is the story of a Re-Design.
(hand embroidered lacing holes and Vintage monogram letters inside)


The original blue tulle cupcake crinoline is gone along with the blue sash and accents, and replaced by a new fire engine red tulle crinoline and accents.  
(Dress inside out being hemmed)

The aim was to make it as big as a Square Dancing crini and after each additional layer added after each fitting, Kelly said "Bigger!"  Crinoline Cupcakes are custom made to order and hers has an entire 50 yard bolt of tulle in there, 20 double gathered layers approximately.
(Cupcake!)
The top of the dress was re-designed to become strapless (which meant some new boning and engineering) re-cut with a new pattern, and had to be re-sized as she lost a full 6" in her waistline!  Red silk tailored bow repositioned and a red silk bias edging to the hem were added as well as a lace up back instead of the zip.  I like the hand embroidered lace-up holes since they don't rip the lacings like some metal grommets, and they just look more professional IMHO.
Ready to go!


(photo by Tara McMullen)
For more pictures of Kelly's Wedding Dress see our Pinterest page 
and the Wedding Photographer's BLOG!


Don't you just LOVE a story where everyone lives Happily Ever After?!?
(Anyone want to buy a fabulous unworn Seams Couture blue tulle crinoline?  
It'll make me happy!)
Practical Advice: Work that Train like a Pro!
What's not to Love about Miss J. from America's Next Top Model!
Here's his advice on how to work a gown train from the Bride's Magazine Blog:

At Seams Couture we take each one of our Train-Sporting Brides for a studio walk thru 
to train them a few tricks too, based on a million years of Theatre Training our little advice is simple:
First of all, remember that YOU are now a Wide Load!  Simple tip from truck driving.

  • Don't step backwards!  Or sideways without sliding your foot, otherwise you're stepping on the gown from the inside and you may trip.
  • Getting in and out of a car or down a flight of stairs will require a minute to stop and pick up the back so it doesn't get caught on anything.
  • If you start to walk and realize you're stuck?  Someone is standing on your train!  Stop, Don't Pull!  If you keep walking or pull you will rip your gown.  Turn your head and ask the person to get OFF, Please :)
  • Imagine yourself walking around an imaginary potted plant at all times. In other words walk around yourself in a circle so the train stays flat on the ground and you don't step on it.  

Don't forget to vote!
for Seams Couture as Northshore Magazine's 
BONS Best Bridal Salon Of The North Shore: 
We won BONS last year as you can see!

Bridal: What better way to get the exact wedding dress of your dreams than to get one custom made? SEAMS COUTURE in Wenham starts the dressmaking process from scratch, collaborating with brides on the whole design process to ensure the perfect finished product for their big day. All gowns are made-to-measure, custom fit, and handmade here in Seams’ local workroom. 152R Main St., Wenham, 978-473-3398, seamstheshop.com

READERS’ CHOICE: Bella Sera Bridal, 85 Andover St., Danvers, 978-774-4077 
Hey Congrats to Bella Sera for winning 2nd place :)


Behind the Scenes: Photo and Video Shoots
We Wedding Vendors love Teaming up for themed Weddings-related style shoots in between working on our real bread and butter.  It's a great way for us to work our creative magic for ourselves, network, and get some really wonderful photos of our work.  Sometimes these shoots get published in major Wedding Blogs and Magazines!  
It usually starts with an Inspiration Board on Pinterest for all of us to see.  This shoot was all about the color YELLOW and Early Spring:  
Binita Patel and her fabulous Team Photographed and Videotaped the entire day at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA www.willowdaleestate.com.  Our model Kendra wore the 'Dalia' Gown in pearl white silk from our Ready-to-Wear Wrapture Collection and Accessories were made for her and her real life Groom Matt in yellow silk that perfectly matched the Flowers, Table Settings, and Invitations.  More pictures or our style day on Binita's Blog www.binitapatelblog.com
Makeup Artist Liz Washer www.bridalbyliz.com and Maricruz of www.maricruzhairstyles.com did a gorgeous glamourizing job on Kendra!  
How cute is this: Kendra + Matt are not only married for real, they're the team behind Summer Street Photography :)

Here's the Video shot by Binita Patel Cinematography of our day: 


Kendra's yellow silk bow headband is now for sale in our Etsy Shop
 as well as other colors and Special Order colors, there is always a discount for Bridal Party Orders!  Now until April 15th use code #TAX2012 for an Extra 20% Off Anything in the Seams Etsy Shop!

The Wrapture Collection 'Dalia' Gown is our one shoulder top and pleated skirt combination in pearl white 100% silk Retails for $680. and can be ordered in any color or style combo from us at the Seams Showroom or at Antonio's Bridal in Birmingham, Michigan.


Tales From the Workroom:
Circles, Circle Skirts, and Patterns
Recently we had a Muslin Fitting at the shop with a Circle Skirt and it started a debate.  The muslin was for a 2-Circle Skirt, but what would it look like if it were a Circle and 1/2?  What is a Circle Skirt and why is it called that?  Well if you lay the pattern out flat on a table it's literally a massive circle with a hole in the middle, like a donut:
Computerized CAD Pattern by Instructables.com 
(I don't use CAD btw, preferring the old school way of using a Client's waistline measurement, length, and a compass on paper.)
When it's on a body it drapes in a certain way staying smooth up at the waistline and upper hipline with all the fullness at the bottom.  
Think 1950s Poodle Skirt.  Here are some examples of various circles in various amounts worn by Seams Couture Brides to give you an idea.
Here's what a 2-Circle looks like in action:

This is a Circle and a Half:
  
Here is a Full Circle:

Here's a Half Circle:
photo by Benoit & McCarthy

A Quarter Circle is your basic A-Line Skirt, slightly re-patterned.  
The more Circles, the fuller the skirt and the more volume at the hem.  Great for dancing which is probably why Square Dancers love it, but Brides who intend to hit the dance floor love it too for freedom and it makes for a great photo op!  Karen's skirt pictured below is another example of Circle and a Half:
photo by Jared Charney
See related blog post about Simple and the construction of a Circle:http://seamstheshop.blogspot.com/2012/01/simple-isnt-always-as-it-appears.html

Ooo ooh one more!  Duchess Kate's Wedding Party Gown by Sarah Burton:
My guess is 2 full circles?  Lovely in a thick silk organdy, this must have had to hang in the workroom for a month before hemming.  Must have been a stunner on the dance floor!
Ames Wedding Event 
What a glamorous night hosted by Boston's Ames Hotel and lolagraceEVENTS!  
Boston's most stylish and innovative Vendors came together for an evening of networking, and to meet Brides and Grooms recently.  Seams Couture Gowns and Accessories were featured in the informal Fashion Show, Demiche Beaute' made our models even more gorgeous.  Still photo of the Wrapture Collection 'Dalia' gown below is by Joe Prezioso, watch the video taken at the Event by Lucky Quarter Productions:



Who else was there?  Beantown Bride, Dogwood Floral Design, Elevin Studios' Photobooth, and JessFoto took tons more pictures of our models!

Tales From the Workroom:
Ruching (roo-shing)
While sitting in a movie theatre watching Marie Antoinette costumed by Milena Canonero and trimmed with miles and miles of silk ruching (see the pink silk edging of the dress below) I remembered suddenly that I have a ruching foot for my machine....  Then a small part of me wanted the movie to end just so I could run to my studio and make miles and miles of ruching!
What is it exactly?  Strips of just about any kind of fabric, tulle, or lace cut into solid edge or pinked or scalloped yardage, either cut on the straight grain or on the bias and fed thru a special machine attachment that will systematically pleat and sew it into perfect gathers or deep pleats depending on the setting turning it into strips of trim.  (Run-on sentence alert.)  
The official dictionary definition:  

ruche

[roosh] noun
a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress, as at the collar or sleeves. French
Here's my coveted ruching machine foot in action:
When the miles of said ruching trim are sewn, it is then pinned flat on to the fabric of the garment into any number of patterns and then sewn on top of the ruching stitching line like so:
In this case I am using hand dyed silk chiffon which has been cut in 2" wide bias strips and ruched down the middle.  It can take a deceptively large amount of fabric to make the trim, a general rule of thumb is 1 yard of fabric to cover 1 square foot of fabric.  Here is a close detail up of my finished ruching on a skirt:
I particularly love doing spiral ruching which is inspired by Jaqueline Kennedy's Wedding Gown.  A little something every Bostonian will point this out whenever we show this detail!.  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_dress_of_Jacqueline_Bouvier  Jackie's gown Designed by Ann Lowe is at the JFK Library in Boston, I haven't seen it in person yet.  Someday!