Restyling: Necklines and Sleeves

We love to share images of the process of restyling gowns. It can be really helpful for our clients to see the many possibilities available in restyling a gown. Here we wanted to show you the way we transformed the neckline and sleeves on our client’s gown to fit her style. 

The bride we worked with wanted a modest neckline and sleeves added to her dress. We started by taking muslin and filling in the front and back to create a new neckline that was more comfortable for her.

Next, we created a mockup of a sleeve to be added to her dress.

Then, we started working on filling in the front and back with lace that matched the dress.

We kept working on the dress to make it blend in so that the final neckline looked like it had always been part of the dress.

And voilà! We have a gown restyle aligned to the Bride’s style and vision. For any gown restyle inquiries get in touch with Jennifer at love@jenniferoberg.com.

Wedding Gowns + Aesthetics

We have been working together with many brides this last month on custom dresses and alterations. Many brides that had weddings scheduled for 2020 have had them rescheduled to 2021. It has been a busy few months for us! Last month, we altered this elegant white gown for the bride. We added an English Pick-Up Bustle which you can learn more about in our ‘All About Bustles’ Blog series here

This gown is a great example of ‘less is more’. Every detail and design is purposeful and clear. It can be overwhelming making that final decision on a gown. We recommend breaking down your aesthetic preferences into smaller categories to help make the process more simple. So what exactly should you consider? Here are some elements to consider when choosing your gown:

  • Color – there are infinite shades of white, do you want to go more towards an off white or a bright white, or do you want to experiment with some nontraditional colors?
  • Sleeves – what season is your wedding in? Do you want a lace long sleeve or maybe you want to go strapless? What makes you feel beautiful?
  • Neckline – high necklines or sweetheart cut? Or maybe you want something more linear cuts as an aesthetic choice? Is there a neckline that is more flattering on you?
  • Back Styles – there are so many beautiful back cuts to explore, maybe you want something simple, or maybe you want an elaborate cut on the back.
  • Waist + Silhouette – how do you want your gown to hug your body? Do you want a tight fit or do you want more of a ballgown style? 
  • Fabrics – fabrics can be an aesthetic choice and it can also be a comfort choice. Do you want fabric that feels luxurious on your skin? Or maybe you want a fabric that has a shine to it?
  • The extras – what details are must-haves for you? Is it beading, lace, sequins, ribbons, or would you rather not have extra details?


We hope this helps you break down the different elements of the wedding dress during the wedding dress process. Ultimately, when making your choices, think about what makes you feel good or what you think flatters your body more. It truly is all about feeling comfortable and beautiful in your skin. If you want to take the adventurous step into a custom wedding gown, Jennifer of JOA, will guide you through every step of the way. She will make sure every detail is aligned with your vision and will help make the process an exciting and memorable one! Get in touch for wedding gowns and alterations at love@jenniferoberg.com.

Gown Restyles

The perfect gown isn’t always out there. Sometimes you just have to create it! Gown restyles are a great way to add the missing details to a beautiful dress. When you work with the right person, a few changes can completely transform a dress.  It takes more than a basic seamstress to do this work.  A skilled dressmaker like Jennifer, who has not only sewing knowledge but also pattern making and dressmaking skills is able to restyle a dress into something new. You can even get that custom dress feeling when you restyle a dress!

We recently worked with a Maid of Honor to restyle her gown. She came to us with a gorgeous rose gold sequin dress with a fun side slit. The dress had a very low, revealing back and skinny straps. Our client wanted a bit more coverage than the dress offered. We believe in helping our clients feel their best. We wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable in what she was wearing so that she could confidently shine in her dress!

For this gown, our restyles involved providing more coverage while adding some eloquent details to compliment the style of the gown. We started by taking extra fabric from the hem and adding it to the back of the dress to provide more coverage. We then added chiffon arm drapes to the gown. This gave an elegant off the shoulder cut and added extra texture to the straight cut of the dress. It simultaneously added extra coverage. Matching the arm drapes to the rose gold color of the dress was a momentary challenge. It was hard to find the extra shade of rose gold chiffon. The inherent sheerness of chiffon allowed us to use a taupe chiffon and a rose chiffon and layer them in three layers – taupe, rose, taupe – to create a color that matched the dress. A hem, extra fabric to the back, and added arm drapes were the little details that transformed this gown! 

If you are stuck trying to find the right dress, don’t forget you can always restyle. It is such a great way to create the perfect dress, especially if you find a dress that is ALMOST the one, but it is simply missing those final details that matter to you. And this also goes along with dresses that just don’t fit your body quite right. We will make any dress, whether too big or too small, appear as if every curve and seam was made just for you and your body. The perfect gown is just a needle and thread away!

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! 

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.

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

Restyling your mother’s vintage gown

One of my favorite projects is to restyle a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. It is such a beautiful continuation of a gown filled with so many special memories. It is also a very affordable and sustainable way to re-imagine your wedding day gown. 

Restyling wedding gowns can be very complicated or fairly simple. For some, it is simply about altering the dress to perfectly fit your body, for others it is about finding new ways to highlight the gems of the gown, and for others it is about adding the subtle details to make the gown feel uniquely their own. 

A past bride I worked with, Sara Mason, wanted to recreate her wedding dress out of her mother’s. We collaborated together through every step to finesse the design of the new dress. We had to hand dye the new lace we added to the dress in order to match the original color of the dress. We used a tea-dye to find the perfect match of color. This dress was such a treat to recreate. I always love the challenge of finding new ways to restyle a vintage dress! 

Here are some words from Sara, herself:

Jennifer is a joy to work with. She is thoughtful, really listens to what you are trying to accomplish with a design and executes it perfectly, promptly and with a keen attention to detail. I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer to recreate my wedding dress out of my mother’s. She consulted me every step of the way so we could collaborate on each aspect of the design. My dress turned out better than I had ever expected and I was so lucky to have found Jennifer to make an idea into reality!” -Sara Mason

We are so happy for you Sara! And what a beautiful and dreamy wedding day you had on the Amalfi Coast in Italy!

*Emiliano Russo Photography