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Saturday, September 24, 2016

For over 29 years, our greatest and most cherished moments at Nocce Bridal Alterations are when a bride-to-be sees herself for the first time in a bridal gown that we have altered to fit her perfectly. For that once in a lifetime event, the bride will walk down the aisle without worry in a dress that has been lovingly tailored by Nocce.

Bridal Design expert Ileana Poessy of Nocce Bridal Alterations skillfully handles bridal gown alterations as well as the following:
  • Custom wedding dresses
  • Designer wedding dresses
  • Maid of Honor dresses
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Bridal party gowns
  • Tuxedos for the Groom & Best Man
  • Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses
  • Heirloom wedding dresses
Email us at info@nocce.com or call (519) 578-4495 today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about our bridal alteration services for residents of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, London, Toronto area.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your wedding gown is the most important dress that you will ever purchase. Naturally you want it to look perfect, and that is where the alterations come in. This is what to expect when it comes to having your gown altered.

The first thing to understand is that almost every wedding gown will require some alterations. At the bare minimum, you will need to have the gown hemmed for your shoe height and have the bustle put in place. Most brides will need quite a bit more than that, from having the bust adjusted to taking in or letting out the waist, to smoothing out all of the little bubbles and ripples that are part of the way fabric lays on an individual body (as opposed to the mannequin's body). An average bride will need around three fittings, but if you are making significant changes, expect to need even more.

The timing of the fittings will vary somewhat by each bridal store, but the basic timeline is that you come in for the first time shortly after the gown arrives. At the first fitting, be prepared with your undergarments and shoes. The point of the first fitting is to make sure that the gown generally looks as expected and to mark the hemline (that is why you need your wedding shoes). They may also make some of the basic tweaks to the fit of the bodice.

The second fitting is generally within a month of your wedding date. When you arrive, the hem of your gown will be basted, so that the fall can be checked before any final cutting and stitching is done. If your bodice was going to need a fair bit of adjustment, it would not be unusual to arrive at the second fitting to find that it has been taken apart at the seams to allow the seamstress to do more precise marking and pinning. Don't panic! It will all go back together in the end.

Your final fitting is going to be quite close to your wedding date. Again, the exact timing will depend on your seamstress, but plan on having it within two weeks of your wedding. This allows the seamstress to see the gown on you very close to the wedding (it is very common for brides to lose a few pounds in the last month before the wedding, which is why it is best to wait on this fitting), while allowing her adequate time to do all of the final stitching and pressing before you pick the gown up the week of the wedding.

At your final fitting, your gown may look almost completely done, or there may still be some basting, if a lot of adjustments were made at the previous appointment. You will definitely want to bring along your mom or a bridesmaid to this fitting so that she can receive instructions on how to help get you into the gown on the wedding day, as well as tips on bustling. This is also your chance to see your entire bridal ensemble together, so be certain to bring your shoes, veil, headpiece, and bridal jewelry. Some brides like to schedule their hair trial on the morning of their final fitting, so that they can see how they will really look when the hair stylist places their bridal hair jewelry into their hairdo. Having your hair done and all of your accessories can be very helpful in imagining the final result.

The last thing you should know about gown alterations is that they are not free. The more you have done, the more it will cost. Charges will vary depending on the bridal shop and the skill of the seamstress, but many brides will pay an extra $300 - $750 beyond the price of the gown, and sometimes more in special circumstances (like if you dropped two dress sizes). If a shop tells you that they do not charge a fee for gown alterations, this is not entirely true; what they do is add a standard fee into the purchase price of their wedding dresses. You really do not want to do it this way, because if you are the lucky bride whose gown fits to a t, you don't want to pay as much as the bride whose gown needed a major overhaul.

In the end, you should feel like your wedding gown fits like a glove, and looks like it was made for you. Don't expect absolute perfection, because fabric draped over a body will never look as smooth as glass, but it is fair to expect that your gown looks fantastic on you. This way, when you wear your wedding gown down the aisle, you are sure to feel amazing.
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Nocce Bridal Alterations in Kitchener, Waterloo area has been custom-designing dream wedding gowns for hundreds of Canadian brides for many years. In fact, their Bridal Design Expert Ileana Poessy has been showcased in countless Bridal runways across Canada as well as prestigious events in the U.S. including Super Bowl Fashion Shows for VIP clients. You will be pleasantly surprised at how cost effective her custom-designed gowns. Her quality work and customer service are unsurpassable and she has the ability to work with every body type, taste and budget for your special day. Visit: www.nocce.com or call (519) 578-4495 to book your private appointment with her at her Kitchener-based studio.

By appointment Only - Call us at 519-578-4495 or email: info@nocce.com

Friday, September 9, 2016

Your wedding gown is the most important dress that you will ever purchase. Naturally you want it to look perfect, and that is where the alterations come in. This is what to expect when it comes to having your gown altered.

The first thing to understand is that almost every wedding gown will require some alterations. At the bare minimum, you will need to have the gown hemmed for your shoe height and have the bustle put in place. Most brides will need quite a bit more than that, from having the bust adjusted to taking in or letting out the waist, to smoothing out all of the little bubbles and ripples that are part of the way fabric lays on an individual body (as opposed to the mannequin's body). An average bride will need around three fittings, but if you are making significant changes, expect to need even more.

The timing of the fittings will vary somewhat by each bridal store, but the basic timeline is that you come in for the first time shortly after the gown arrives. At the first fitting, be prepared with your undergarments and shoes. The point of the first fitting is to make sure that the gown generally looks as expected and to mark the hemline (that is why you need your wedding shoes). They may also make some of the basic tweaks to the fit of the bodice.

The second fitting is generally within a month of your wedding date. When you arrive, the hem of your gown will be basted, so that the fall can be checked before any final cutting and stitching is done. If your bodice was going to need a fair bit of adjustment, it would not be unusual to arrive at the second fitting to find that it has been taken apart at the seams to allow the seamstress to do more precise marking and pinning. Don't panic! It will all go back together in the end.

Your final fitting is going to be quite close to your wedding date. Again, the exact timing will depend on your seamstress, but plan on having it within two weeks of your wedding. This allows the seamstress to see the gown on you very close to the wedding (it is very common for brides to lose a few pounds in the last month before the wedding, which is why it is best to wait on this fitting), while allowing her adequate time to do all of the final stitching and pressing before you pick the gown up the week of the wedding.

At your final fitting, your gown may look almost completely done, or there may still be some basting, if a lot of adjustments were made at the previous appointment. You will definitely want to bring along your mom or a bridesmaid to this fitting so that she can receive instructions on how to help get you into the gown on the wedding day, as well as tips on bustling. This is also your chance to see your entire bridal ensemble together, so be certain to bring your shoes, veil, headpiece, and bridal jewelry. Some brides like to schedule their hair trial on the morning of their final fitting, so that they can see how they will really look when the hair stylist places their bridal hair jewelry into their hairdo. Having your hair done and all of your accessories can be very helpful in imagining the final result.

The last thing you should know about gown alterations is that they are not free. The more you have done, the more it will cost. Charges will vary depending on the bridal shop and the skill of the seamstress, but many brides will pay an extra $300 - $750 beyond the price of the gown, and sometimes more in special circumstances (like if you dropped two dress sizes). If a shop tells you that they do not charge a fee for gown alterations, this is not entirely true; what they do is add a standard fee into the purchase price of their wedding dresses. You really do not want to do it this way, because if you are the lucky bride whose gown fits to a t, you don't want to pay as much as the bride whose gown needed a major overhaul.

In the end, you should feel like your wedding gown fits like a glove, and looks like it was made for you. Don't expect absolute perfection, because fabric draped over a body will never look as smooth as glass, but it is fair to expect that your gown looks fantastic on you. This way, when you wear your wedding gown down the aisle, you are sure to feel amazing.



Friday, September 2, 2016


Whether you're looking to alter the style of an existing gown, simply nip and tuck until it fits perfectly, or letting out a gown to work for your body type, wedding dress alterations can (almost) always be done. The key? Start early!

Finding a Seamstress
Most wedding dress shops will have a recommended seamstress, or an in-house seamstress. Remember that adjusting formal evening wear and bridal attire is much different than knowing how to sew a button, so be sure to select a professional who has years of experience in the field.

Minor Alterations
Many brides are lucky enough to find a dress that fits them nearly perfectly. In these cases, only a few minor wedding dress alterations are necessary. Still, it is a good idea to visit a qualified seamstress who specializes in wedding gowns. She'll ensure that your dress gives you the best-fit possible - which also means the best look possible!

Alteration Variations
There are three main types of alterations that can be done to a wedding gown. The length may need to be adjusted - so hemming is the first type. The second type is bodice alterations - adjustments to ensure that the dress fits perfectly around the bride's waist, bust, and hips. Lastly, if the gown has sleeves, they may need to be shortened.

Timing Is Everything
The secret to a successful gown altering experience is to begin early. The bride should try on the gown for the first set of alterations about two months prior to the wedding. The seamstress will inspect the gown, discuss what needs to be done, and make suggestions on what could be fine-tuned. At this point in time, the seamstress should also provide an estimate for how much the work will cost. She might also give some suggestions about bustling the dress. If the bride has any special requests, she should be sure to make them during the first fitting. The next fitting, scheduled about a month before the wedding, should have most of the major alterations done or nearly done. The final fitting, as close to the wedding as possible, will ensure that the gown fits the bride like a glove.

Remember to...
If you're attending a fitting for your wedding gown, you should bring as many of your accessories along as possible. Most important? Shoes! If you have not yet purchased your shoes, bring along a pair that have a similar heel height - but ideally, by the time the wedding dress is being altered, the shoes should be in the bride's possession. It is also a good idea to wear the undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day, and bring along a veil or headdress, along with wedding day jewelry to obtain an image of how everything will look together! Bringing along a trusted friend or family member is a good idea, in case you need to make an on-the-spot decision and require a second opinion.

An ill fitting wedding dress can be extremely uncomfortable, not to mention unbecoming! Having a wedding gown altered is very common, and most brides end up attending between two and four fittings. Whether you are altering a family heirloom, a sample you found at a trunk sale, or the gown you ordered that doesn't quite fit flawlessly, it's a great idea to visit a seamstress at least once to make sure your wedding dress is working for you in the best way possible!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Most stores that sell bridal gowns will have the dresses to be a little larger than it should be. This is because altering a larger dress into a smaller one is much easier as compared to making a dress bigger from a smaller dress. Most shops will take your largest measurement and base your dress here so to make sure that the dress can be altered if ever it does not fit properly. Most bridal shops will offer wedding dress alterations to make the bride pleased with her purchase of the wedding dress.

Where to Get Your Wedding Dress Altered

Most shops that sell bridal gowns will have an expert seamstress that will deal with the wedding dress alterations needed. This is very helpful since finding a good seamstress yourself will be quite hard. You can also be sure that the seamstress from the store will do a good job because the company hired and made sure that the seamstress will provide quality service. Some bridal shops offer free wedding dress alterations along with the purchase of their wedding gown, while some ask for an extra fee for the wedding dress alterations. It will be better to ask before you purchase anything.

Once you have decided on what wedding alterations has to be made, the cost of your alteration will greatly depend on the difficulty of the alteration. For instance, if you only want some adjust to the bodice it will cost less compared to putting embellishment on the gown. If the shop gives you a high price for alteration, you can always try looking for a seamstress yourself. If you are having a hard time looking for one, you can ask some friends where they had their gowns made or clothes adjusted. With this, you can be sure that the seamstress will do a good job. You can also try looking at the local yellow pages for companies that offer wedding dress alterations.

How Do Wedding Dress Alterations Work?

Wedding dress alterations usually takes three fitting. The first fitting, the seamstress will ask you to wear the shoes and undergarments you will be wearing on your wedding day. Then she will pin all the seams that will be needing adjusting. The shoes are needed for the seamstress to see if your dress has the right length, if its too long, then she will adjust your hemline. Your second fitting will consist of the altered dress but the alterations are not yet completely finished so that if there are still changes, it will be easier to do. With the second fitting, there still might be some wedding dress alterations to be made.

After this, your seamstress will do the final alterations and make the stitching permanent. In your third fitting, you will be able to fit your dress perfectly. If it is already perfect on you, then the shop will steam your dress and you can take your dress home.Most stores that sell bridal gowns will have the dresses to be a little larger than it should be. This is because altering a larger dress into a smaller one is much easier as compared to making a dress bigger from a smaller dress. Most shops will take your largest measurement and base your dress here so to make sure that the dress can be altered if ever it does not fit properly. Most bridal shops will offer wedding dress alterations to make the bride pleased with her purchase of the wedding dress.