Discovering Your Style

Have you ever wondered what type of style you have? Or maybe you just feel like you don’t have a style? For some, personal style comes easy and naturally. There is an intuitive trust to follow what speaks to one’s creative heart. But to others, clothing is more practical and perhaps clothes are more about functionality not necessarily creative expression.

Discovering your unique style is another outlet to let your personality shine through every inch of your being. Once you begin experimenting with what aesthetics make your heart sing, you will find the pure joy and playfulness in creating an outfit each day. As we get older, we forget to play, we can take life too seriously and forget the fun that can exist in the most mundane tasks. Getting dressed in the morning can be a task of creating, painting, coloring your outfit for the day. Finding what speaks to you; what combination of fabrics, shapes, patterns do you want to merge, what vibe do you want to portray, who are you today?

If you don’t know where to start or you want to explore your style further, then you are in the right place. Here are some of our top tips for discovering your unique style and continuing to explore it:

    • Re-discover your own wardrobe – when we are in a rush in the mornings we often just grab a ‘go-to’ outfit or something simple. Set aside an afternoon to just revisit your clothes and PLAY! Put garments you have never put together before, combine colors and patterns, layer your clothes, or just randomly put together a few outfits. When you find some outfits you love, then take a picture of it so you can remember it for the future.
    • Create a Pinterest board you can search endlessly on Pinterest for different fashion styles and ideas. The best part is that pinterest will start to give you suggestions for your board. Start to build a collection of images that inspire you, maybe its a particular aesthetic, or maybe it is multiple aesthetics and styles. This is great! You are building your own style.
    • Be bold – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd. As you become more comfortable with your style, you will begin to feel more brave and bold in your choices. Challenge the current trends and norms of fashion. For all you know, you may be starting the next fashion trend!
    • Thrifting! visit a secondhand store for even more fashion inspiration. Finding some vintage clothing is always a great way to revive your style and find some very unique pieces. 
    • Repeat & Restyle If there are garments you adore, then great! Repeat! Wear these again, but find a way to restyle it! What else can you pair your favorite pants with? Can you create an entirely different aesthetic with a different top paired? 

We hope this empowers you to explore your own personal style further! And for even more fashion inspiration, tune in to our social media accounts every other Friday to catch our Studio Style Day. Our Sewing Assistants Sophia, Lisa and Elaine model their style and share their favorite outfits. Catch their previous outfits on our Facebook and Instagram! 

All About Bustles: English Pick-up Bustle

Up next in our bustle series is the English Pick-up Bustle! Previously, we have shared the Ballroom Bustle and the French Bustle. Today, we want to dive into the elegance of an English Bustle.

The English Bustle is a wonderful bustle solution for wedding gowns that are fitted through the hips and have a long train. It is often very flattering on sheath, mermaid, and trumpet silhouette wedding gowns. If the fabric on your dress has a very straight fall, the English Pick-up Bustle can create these beautiful waterfall-like columns to compliment the clean and classic look of your gown. A simple, yet sensational bustle!

The English Pick-up Bustle is created by picking up the train and pinning it to the outside of the wedding gown. The dressmaker will take fabric from the middle of the train and pick it up to pin on to the wedding gown. The number of pick-ups and pins will vary depending on your fabric and length of train. From the pinned point the rest of the train elegantly drapes down and floats just above the floor–ready for the reception and to dance the night away of course! 

Pictured is the Bride Danielle with her wife Holly. Danielle is wearing her gown that was originally one size too big and we altered it to fit just right. We created an English Pick-up Bustle for this sheath silhouette wedding gown. The long train makes it perfect for this elegant pick-up bustle. 

Every bustle is entirely unique from the next. When you buy or create your wedding gown, it won’t come with a bustle. The dressmaker or alteration specialist will create the bustle of your choice for you. We created this blog series to help inspire you to see different ways a bustle can live on a gown, to give you ideas of the infinite bustles out there, and to share the bustles that work best for certain silhouette style gowns. If you haven’t already, check out our previous ‘All About Bustle’ posts!

All About Bustles: Double French Bustle

Continuing our bustle series, we have the French Bustle, aka the Victorian Bustle or the Under Bustle. Previously, we have shown you two versions of the Ballroom bustle for a sheath gown and Ballgown silhouette. Today, we want to talk about the French Bustle and particularly a Double French Bustle on a mermaid style wedding gown!

A nice contrast to the Ballroom Bustle, the French Bustle is all about volume and beautiful folds to compliment a more fitted wedding gown with a natural waistline. Sometimes there is just one fold with multiple points securing it up or other times there are numerous folds such as the bustle we are featuring with a double fold. This largely depends on your fabric, the length of your train, and personal aesthetics of course. This type of bustle is the perfect option for A-line, trumpet, and mermaid silhouette wedding gowns. It also works best for longer and fuller trains so you have more fabric to create the elegant folds. The French bustle wonderfully accentuates the feminine figure and creates a poignant touch of texture to a more form-fitted gown. 

To create this type of bustle, you pick up part of the fabric lower down on the train and attach it higher up the dress to create these beautiful outer folds of your wedding gown. The points are secured underneath the dress instead of on the outside of the gown. Your dressmaker or alteration specialist may attach a ribbon underneath the dress that can be used to help the bridesmaids secure the bustle up for the reception. Once secured, you are ready to dance the night away with a gorgeous bustle to compliment your unique wedding gown!

Recently, we have been working with a Bride on her wedding gown. We created custom sleeves to compliment her dress with beautiful white applique flowers throughout. We then created a double french bustle for this mermaid style dress. A perfect solution to compliment this charming wedding gown! For more bustle ideas, visit our previous ‘All About Bustle’ posts. Happy Bustling!

A Green(er) Wedding Gown

Photography by Emiliano Russo.

Are you trying to reduce your carbon footprint this year? Simultaneously are you fantasizing about that perfect, shiny new wedding dress for your upcoming wedding? Well, you can have it all and more!

One of the best ways to wear a green(er) wedding gown is to find a vintage gown! Maybe your mother, sister, or friends have their wedding gown and would be happy to give it to you. Or maybe a quick trip to your local second-hand stores will give you a promising vintage gown. Or even a quick browse online at Poshmark or Ebay. Keep in mind, the dress does not need to be perfect, the right size, or even the right style. All of this can be adjusted and created later on.

Once you have found your vintage wedding dress, you are already one step closer to a greener and dreamier wedding gown. The next step is finding some inspiration and visuals of your dream dress. If you were to start from scratch, what would your wedding dress look like? And right now, don’t even worry about what your current vintage dress looks like. Gather a handful of images or even draw some of your own sketches. Consider the neckline, the silhouette, the bustle, and any extra embellishments. Once you have all of these details, you are well on your way to merging your two dresses.

The final step in crafting your green(er) wedding gown is to visit your local dressmaker or alterations specialist. Bring your vintage dress and bring the inspiration for your dream dress. With their expertise and skill, your dressmaker will restyle, alter, and redesign your vintage dress into the wedding dress of your dreams. They will completely transform your dress so that it feels like a custom-made gown just for you! You can flaunt your new dress with the comfort of knowing your dress is much more eco-friendly than a brand new dress and likely you are saving yourself some money by repurposing a vintage dress. Greener is the way to go!

With 20+ years of experience, Jennifer has a plethora of dressmaking and alteration skills. She has taken dresses from a size 12 to a size 2, she has seamlessly blended brand new lace with lace of a heirloom gown, she has embellished dresses with 10,000 Swarovski crystals, and she has crafted the most elegant dresses from scratch. She has years of experience to turn any vintage dress into a gown made for you! For any restyling or alteration needs for your vintage wedding gowns, please send Jennifer an email at love@jenniferoberg.com.

Beautiful Gowns on a Budget

When Brides begin the unforgettable journey of discovering their dream dress, they may start searching online, through magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, or wedding blogs to get some inspiration and ideas. Often if you follow the links to find the price of these dresses you’re hit with a weighty and shocking price tag. And maybe the bridal shop you go in to for a fitting has a dress you fall in love with that is way out of your wedding budget. These prices can make you feel discouraged about searching further at some of the brands’ and designers’ shops you adore. BUT we have a secret for you!

Before you shut out any of these shops and designers, ask them about sample sales. Sample sales are a wonderful way to get a beautifully designed dress on a budget. Sample dresses are the gowns the brides try on at the store but these gowns are never actually for sale. At the end of a season or when new dresses come in, the bridal shops will have a sample sale where they sell all of these dresses for a significantly reduced price. Sometimes these dresses are up to 70% off! If you don’t mind knowing other brides tried these gowns on a few times then it is an absolute steal. 

So Brides to be, don’t get discouraged about pricey wedding gowns, instead call up your local bridal shops and boutiques of your favorite designers. Ask these shops if they have sample sales and find out when they usually have them to give yourself a timeline. It could be that the dress you have always wanted is suddenly for sale and at a price that fits your wedding budget just right!

We recently had a client come in for bridal alterations on her wedding gown she found at a sample sale. Our Sewing Assistant Sophia is cutting 4 layers of the tulle skirt on the wedding gown. A gorgeous gown bought at an affordable price. It is absolutely possible to find a beautiful gown with an affordable price.

Embellishing Your Wedding Gown

Every bride is so different and unique! It is rare to find a gown that speaks fully to one’s style. We love to encourage our clients to discover their styles and add that little flare to make their dress feel unique to them. There are so many fun ways to add that extra gleam to your wedding gown! 

Perhaps it is having an intricate bustle, a bodice covered with crystals, a fiery red silk sash, or some elaborate beading throughout your gown. The possibilities are immense! What is important is realizing what you feel is missing or doesn’t feel quite right. Then, your dressmaker or even your family and friends can help you envisage what this extra embellishment to your dress could be. And finally, your dressmaker can actualize this vision and ultimately let your uniqueness run through every inch of your wedding gown!

Custom sleeves being created.

Jennifer working on the custom sleeves for the bride.

During the last few weeks we have been working with an adventurous bride, creating custom sleeves to be added to her wedding gown. The sleeves are made out of a stretch sheer net with white applique flowers attached. A simple, yet very unique touch to a wedding gown. In the photos you can see how the white applique flowers elegantly wrap around her arms. It seamlessly blends into the wedding gown to create this beautiful continuation of the dresses flower design down to her wrists. The appliques even show off her fantastic pomegranate tattoo on the back of her right shoulder.  This is a wonderful example of adding something special to your wedding gown!

The custom sleeves we created for our client’s wedding gown.

More details of the custom sleeves.

For any assistance with embellishing your wedding gown to fit your unique style, please get in touch with us. We love empowering our brides to find their unique voice within their wedding gown. To book an appointment, send an email to Jennifer at love@jenniferoberg.com.

Restyling Your Wardrobe

Restyling your clothing is always a fun adventure and a fabulous way to turn your clothes into something you will love. We want to share some of our recent restyles to inspire you to reimagine your clothing! 

We worked with our awesome client Penny on a few of her garments these last few weeks. Penny has so much fun with her clothing and has such a unique style. The restyles we did for her clothing are a great example of how you can transform, restyle, or upcycle your clothing! 

Penny brought us a fuzzy pink sweater from Target’s girls clothing line and a jean jacket to restyle. For her jean jacket, we added this amazing tiger fabric to the back, with some fun ball fringe across the top. A great way to add something uniquely YOU to a simple jean jacket. For the pink sweater, we split it straight down the middle and turned it into a cool jacket for Penny to wear. This is a wonderful idea for anyone looking to upcycle sweaters to give them a new fashionable look.

There are infinite possibilities when it comes to restyling your clothing! Get creative, find that spark that is uniquely you, and most importantly have fun reimagining and redesigning your favorite garments! What are your favorite ways to restyle clothing? Comment below!

For restyling and upcycling needs please get in touch with us. We love jazzing up our clients’ garments! Send an email to love@jenniferoberg.com.

Upcycling 101

Though there has been an undercurrent over the last few years of thrifting, shopping vintage, or upcycling by younger generations, these trends haven’t seemed to stick in the larger Fashion Industry until recently. In response to global climate change and a pandemic, fashion leaders have recognized the necessary changes that need to occur around fashion. Big name brands like Levi, Miu Miu and Maison Margiela have created secondhand initiatives for their clothing brands. And Patagonia has been running their Worn Wear initiative since 2017. The future of fashion is green.

At the atelier, we are passionate about sustainability and doing our part to help create a more sustainable Fashion Industry. We want your clothes to live a well-worn and long life! That is why we wanted to share a bit more about what upcycling is and how you can upcycle your clothing so that every garment can be used for much longer!

So what exactly is upcycling anyway? Well, upcycling is simply reusing clothing and turning the items into something of higher quality than before. It is not that you have to go reinvent the wheel, but it is taking something that you may otherwise not wear or keep and changing it so the garment can feel stylish and new and can continue to be worn. Upcycling is a great way to make the most out of your clothing. It is also a great way to spice up some hidden gems found at secondhand or vintage store! Check out some of our ideas on how to upcycle your clothes:

Ways to upcycle:

  • Change the style of your clothing – turn long sleeve to short leave, turn a button-down shirt into an off the shoulder blouse, turn your worn out jeans into shorts or a denim skirt, create a crop top out of a ripped shirt
  • Add fabric – add a velvet stripe down the side seam of your pants, fill any holes with patches of your favorite fabric or lace, add a breast pocket to your favorite shirt
  • Embroidery – there are so many clever ways to embroider your clothing, you can keep it simple or you can embroider an entire work of art
  • Beading – this is another fun one to add something extra to clothes that just need a little sparkle
  • Combine two garments into one – use another piece of clothing to add sleeves to a tank, or to turn your shirt into a dress
  • Be creative! – there is no right way to upcycle, let your imagination wander as you discover clever ways to jazz up your clothing

There are infinite ways to upcycle! Have fun exploring new ways to continue to reuse your clothes. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need some assistance in creating your upcycled vision. We are here to help upcycle, restyle, or alter any vintage or worn clothing you have! For any alteration or restyling needs on clothing, send us an email at love@jenniferoberg.com. Happy upcycling and restyling!! 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/style/upcycling-fashion.html

All About Bustles: Ballroom Bustle Part II

A few weeks ago we shared a bit about what bustles are and a specific type of bustle called The Ballroom Bustle. A Ballroom Bustle is when you take the train of the dress and you bring it up on the inside of the dress. It is the perfect solution if you don’t want to have the look of bustle folds and pleats on the outside of your gown. This is Part II of the Ballroom Bustle but featuring a simple and elegant style gown. 

When your wedding gown has a Ballgown or A-line silhouette the Ballroom Bustle is a nice solution to accentuate the silhouette. It keeps the focus on the silhouette rather than on the bustle. When you have a sheath silhouette with a train, the Ballroom Bustle is another perfect choice for the simple, elegant essence of this dress. It helps maintain the length and clean appearance of your gown.

Hiding the existence of a bustle, the Ballroom Bustle is the ultimate 2-in-1 solution for your wedding dress. It allows you to flaunt your gorgeous gown with train and all, and then like a new gown, you can delicately pin the train inside to create a dress that is ready to dance the night away.

We recently worked with a bride on Maui, Erica, on her beautiful sheath silhouette wedding gown. There are 29 bustle points that hold up this bustle. You can see in this picture how we fold it inside and create bustle points to support the train. For this exquisite gown it is the perfect solution to secure the train while maintaining the elegance of the gown.  

When choosing your wedding gown, it can be very useful to see how different silhouettes work with different bustles. It helps give you a better idea of what styles you are drawn to. Stay tuned for more bustles from JOA to help you dream-up the perfect wedding gown!

 

Finding the Right Alteration Specialist for your Gown

Finding your dream wedding gown is such an exciting moment! There is joy, relief, enthusiasm, and more. Though it feels like you can check the wedding gown off your list, it is very likely that you will need to have a few alterations done on your dress to ensure it fits just right. Sometimes these can be simple fixes, but often wedding gowns are more complex than your average dress and will require a specialist with years of experience working with wedding dresses. So how do you go about selecting the right Alteration Specialist to work on your wedding gown?

  • Find a Professional Dressmaker – Working with a professional Dressmaker is the best way to ensure your wedding gown gets handled with the utmost care and precision. The wonderful thing about working with a Dressmaker is that they understand how to construct a gown so they are very skilled at reverse engineering some of the more complex alterations. Plus, if you want to modify the design of your dress, they will know exactly how to help you transform your gown.
  • Find an Alteration Specialist with previous wedding dress experience – When it comes to altering a wedding dress, there are a significant number of factors to consider. Is your wedding dress a particular brand, has your Alteration Specialist had experience working with this brand? What type of fabrics are they familiar with? What types of bustles can they create? Can they add beading or any other extra embellishments? When you find an Alteration Specialist with years of experience working with wedding gowns, chances are they have a wealth of knowledge for each of these elements. This will only make your wedding dress experience more pleasant and stress-free when you can rest assured that your dress is in good hands.
  • Look through their work online (websites, social media, etc.) – Social media and online portfolios gives you a nice opportunity to see some of the previous work of your potential Alteration Specialist. You can see pictures, client testimonials, success stories, and maybe more details on what types of dresses they have previously worked with. Pictures are some of the best ways to get an idea of the type of work they have done.
  • Word of Mouth is always our favoriteIf you are still hesitant about choosing your Alteration Specialist for your beautiful wedding gown, then ask around! Word of mouth is our favorite way to meet new clients. Ask friends or family in your local community for their recommendations. Chances are they know someone they highly recommend.

We hope this helps you in finding the right Alteration Specialist for your wedding gown! If you are located on Maui and need assistance with your wedding dress, then we would love to help you. Visit our website or social media accounts to see some of our previous work. We hope we can help give your wedding dress those final touches to make it absolutely beautiful! Send us an email at love@jenniferoberg.com to book your appointment.