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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Finding the perfect wedding dress may seem like a daunting task. Not only do you need  to choose the right style, color and design, but you may also
need to have alterations  done a few weeks in advance to adjust the fit of the dress for your body type. There are some smart things you can do to get your wedding dress ready for alternations and ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. 

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    Verify the delivery date of your bridal gown if you order it from a store to be sure that you will have it in time to get it ready for alterations. Ask the bridal shop to confirm the delivery date in writing when you order it. Though it might not be possible to determine the exact date it will arrive, the store should be able to give you an estimate within a timeframe of 1 to 2 weeks.
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    Choose all of your accessories, including your bra, underwear and footwear, at the same time that you purchase your wedding dress. It is helpful to coordinate both the style and fit of all of these items in conjunction with any necessary alterations. Having a good idea of the way your undergarments fit you and the height of your wedding shoes will help you determine how much alteration work is needed.
  3. 3
    Examine your wedding dress closely for any defects, both on the outside and the inside lining of the gown. Look for any flaws in the embellishments on the dress, such as trims, embroidery and beading. These imperfections can usually be repaired as part of the alterations, but it is important to bring them up to the salesperson as soon as possible, especially if special fabrics or other products will be needed to fix them.
  4. 4
    Purchase thread that closely matches the color of your dress to use for alterations if you will be doing them yourself. If possible, take a small sample of the fabric of your dress with you to the local craft store, so you can visually compare the materials. Never order thread online for bridal alterations because it is almost always impossible to tell the exact color when viewing it on a home-computer screen.
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    Remove the dress from its packaging if it is wrapped or folded. Get it ready for alterations by allowing it to hang freely and uncovered on a wooden hanger--using the loops inside the seams and not the shoulder straps of the dress--in a closet or other safe place where no one in your house will accidentally touch or damage it. This will allow any wrinkles to fall out of the dress naturally, letting the fabric fully extend to its actual volume and length and making it easier to measure and alter.

    Nocce Bridal Designs is a Kitchener based shop specializing in bridal gown alterations and custom-designed gowns. For over 30 years, Nocce's Bridal Design Expert Ileana Poessy has been creating gowns for many local bridal shops, featured in countless Canadian runways as well as featured in prestigious U.S. events including Super Bowl Fashion Shows for VIP clients in multiple cities. Visit: You will be pleasanlty surprised how cost effective prices are. Call 519-578-4495.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ileana Poessy: A Bridal Gown Designer & Seamstress in Kitchener with Proven Experience

Although she laughingly refers to her sewing as a "hobby," Ileana Poessy of Nocce Bridal Alterations ( is anything but an amateur – she has been hand selected to showcase her designs at various US and Canada runaways – including the SuperBowl Miami and SuperBowl Detroit Fashion Shows! With over 30 years experience in dress design and having completed thousands of sewing and bridal alteration projects, this versatile seamstress has developed an exceptional eye for detail and skills that meet the challenge of virtually any task…literally. Hundreds of brides can confirm her ability to bring to life the wedding dress of their dreams with exceptional service and reasonable prices. Her passion for sewing and design started at an early age; as a young child she began with simple sewing projects and quickly progressed to creating pageant dresses, wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and more.
Ileana's passion for sewing spurred her to learn everything and anything about the art of sewing - she studied the art of sewing, worked with other experienced seamstresses including renowned bridal shops, poured over educational materials, and at a young age worked in retail fabric and craft establishments to further her skills. Her undeniable and friendly service landed her a stream of clientele over the years in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto area….today her clients now come from even the other side of the world! Pleased clients spread the word of her exceptional dressmaking and alteration skills, and she has continued to bring the joy to brides and women of all ages that comes with obtaining gowns and clothing that is perfectly flattering to their personal figure.
Timeline: When to Get Your Dress Altered
If your wedding dres or bridesmaid dress need alterations, sooner is better.
WEDDING GUIDE: What is a good general time guideline for getting wedding and bridesmaid dresses altered (how far in advance of the wedding?) Are there typically charges for "rush" services?
Ileana Poessy (IP): At least 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding for wedding dress alterations and hems. Also be aware that the dress may need additional pressing or that the linings or petticoats may need to be cleaned after the fittings. Keep in mind that rush services, even two weeks before the wedding, can easily cost double the normal alteration costs.
Finding the Person to Make Your Wedding Dress or Do the Alterations
Keep in mind that Hand-sewn beading can increase costs.
What advice would you give brides on finding the right person to alter their dress?
Ileana: Get references from others who have had work done and are pleased with the results. You can also ask to see samples of finished work the person has done, and ask plenty of questions. Make sure the person is experienced or skilled enough to handle your specific requests -- if you want hand-sewn beads added to your gown, for example. You should also be able to receive an initial estimate, and the person should be up front with you if there are any changes or difficulties that would up the cost. Estimates typically run close to initial pricing, although if a bride changes her mind or adds something the cost can change.
You've worked with brides on designing dresses to their individual preferences. What advice would you give a bride who wants to have her dress custom-made?
Ileana: First, I would advise trying on dresses in a local bridal shop and finding examples of what you really like. You can have someone take pictures of your favorites and make copies and pencil in any changes or details you want added. It's not always necessary for you to choose the dress pattern itself, a good seamstress knows the right pattern, and the right sizing after she's measured you, so you don't necessarily have to buy the pattern. At, we have the unique ability to create the dress just from drawing the design or seeing a picture.
You can also collect pictures from magazines or online options. With pictures and photos, make more than one copy and keep original picture to ensure your desired results.
Beach Wedding Dresses
You have also altered bridal dresses for beach/outdoor weddings. What types of wedding dresses do you see that are popular for this time of year or for outdoor weddings?
Ileana: Materials I would recommend would be cotton or cotton blends, such as cotton sateen, that has a shiny finish. Look for materials that are breathable and comfortable.
Really, you can wear anything you want, for beach weddings I've seen:
·         Satin
·         Sheer materials
·         Lace
·         Cotton
I don't recommend full length dresses, as they will go through abrasion from sand and stains from water; I recommend tea-length gowns. In regards to length, also consider that your feet will be sinking in the sand, an inch or more. Consider how the dress will look during the wedding and how well it can be preserved.  It can also be a real advantage if bridesmaids can wear sundresses that can be reused. They will most certainly appreciate that!
For beach dresses, popular wedding shoes I've seen include:
·         Ballet slipper
·         Flip flops
·         Sandals

Dress Difficulties
What's more difficult - letting a dress out or taking it in?
Ileana: Letting a dress out is usually more difficult. There is a tendency of the original stitching to show and if it is serged there is little room to make it larger. Lace dresses can fray and delicate fabrics can fray and stretch. The most important part to be well-fitting is the bust area, as other areas are easier to adjust.
Are some wedding dress materials more difficult to alter? Should potential brides avoid them?
Some fabrics are more challenging than others. Difficult fabrics include organza, which is very sheer, and chiffon, which is very delicate. Real silk and satin may snag easily. Lace is not generally difficult for experienced seamstresses. For your wedding day, you want to choose what's beautiful to you, so either find the perfect dress or the seamstress skilled enough and willing to take it on. Seamstress should be able to tell you what fabrics they have handled and are willing/able work with, such as delicate and sheer fabrics. Keep in mind that dresses with a lot of beading also require a lot more work if you require alterations.

Preparing for Fittings
How can a bride or bridesmaid prepare for fittings? What should she expect? When's the best time to get the fitting done? Should the bride wear her bustier or lingerie she will be wearing under the dress during a fitting?
Ileana: The best time to get the fitting done - For the beginning fittings, it doesn't really matter; for later fittings, around same time the wedding will take place (as day wears on, women may retain water).
You can expect a seamstress to make a muslin copy at the beginning fitting. Adjustment can be done before the fashion fabric is cut to find the perfect fit; this eliminates waste and minimizes risk of imperfections on the finished gown. Prepare for several sittings. You can expect:
·         A fitting done before and after the lining is put in.
·         A fitting when gown is almost complete for the hem.
·         Always have a final fitting, and the dress should fit well across chest area, (this is hardest area to change).
·         The seamstress should also be able to tell you if they can take it out or take it in before starting.
Whatever you will have on for foundation garments for the day of your wedding should be worn during fittings, including hose and shoes. Your undergarments can make a difference of up to 2 inches on hemline or waist, and also show if dress will be too revealing in any area or if different garments are needed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Every bride wants to look stunning on her big day, and it’s always better to have some
professional help to make your wedding
dress perfect.

Nocce Bridal Alterations offer expert bridal alterations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area that will always be treated respectfully and professionally with personal attention to your alteration needs.

No matter where the wedding gown was purchased; no matter if your wedding dress is new, or has been previously enjoyed, Nocce will custom alter them to fit the way you want.

With over 30 years of professional tailoring and custom alterations experience, Nocce takes pride in 
their work, treating each bride as if she were their only customer to make this an easy process.

Specializing In: alterations for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, mother of the bride, prom and special occasions.

  • Resizing and restyling bridal / formal gowns.
  • Creating beautiful and unique bustles.
  • General wedding dress repair.
  • Professional steam/pressing available.
  • Reasonable prices (normally less than retail stores) with quick turnaround.
  • Rush service available.

* Nocce Bridal Designs also alter all women's clothing at reasonable prices.

Nocce Bridal Designs is located in Kitchener. Brides from the Waterloo, 
Guelph, London and Toronto area have easy access to this private studio, which is available by appointment only for personalized service. 

For more information or to set an appointment, you may visit: or call (519) 578-4495.

Wednesday, August 3, 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.