Ever since childhood, I have been obsessed with wedding dresses. I remember being a flower girl and staring in awe at my auntie bride because her dress was just stunning to my 3-year-old self. Every Halloween I wanted to dress like a bride and every time my grandma washed her lace curtains, I would drape them around myself as wedding dresses. The problem is that I don't have a particular brand or style of affiliation, I love them ALL!
In college, my first project in drawing class was a bridal line. My first project in couture sewing school? Yep, you guessed it, a wedding dress. Satin makes me happy and lace makes me swoon. Wedding dresses are something I could do for the rest of my life and never tire of them. There is just something magical about that one dress, the dress to surpass all others, your wedding dress!
Pictured: Carla as a little kid dressed as a Bride in front of pictures of her aunts in their wedding dresses. Classic.
So you see, it was not hard for me to choose this career, it was part of me since the start. What has become a second passion and shaped my business plans in ways I never imagined, was the desire to be truly sustainable. Starting this journey of entrepreneurship, actually going through the steps and slowly building up this vision of mine, I came to realize that simply selling gowns was not enough. I believe that what we do as individuals impact our community. But what we do as enterprises? That can potentially impact society, the country, the world.
A few years back I realized that I could help brides have a dress that could become everything they wanted, removing the need to settle on any given detail. Now, I realize that together, we can move the direction of gowns towards a much more sustainable one. Let us inspire you into reusing your wedding gown, not as a whole, but as a separate, and relive the joy of your wedding day on another occasion, knowing that your decisions will shape our future and that being conscious is something to be utterly proud of.
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The key to good fit is to look for the widest measurement of your body and match the measurement to the size using the size chart below. For your top, the widest measurement is almost always the breasts. For the bottoms, the widest measurement is the hip. See the image below for more information on these measurements.
*Measured in inches.
The best way to measure is with a sewing measuring tape. These are flexible, inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. Wear a form-fitting tank top and leggings when you measure your body. We also suggest asking for help. The tape measurer should be as parallel to the floor as possible all the way around the body, which is hard to do all by ourselves. A friend is also super useful to measure the dress hem length for any customization. I want to reiterate that it is extremely important that you have the right height shoes on when measuring for length. We can talk about this further during our Touch Base call if you make a purchase.
Wear the bra that you will be wearing with the dress. We remind you that our dresses have build-in bra cups so we suggest something with a little padding in order to maintain the measurement true to size. Measure across the fullest part of the bust.
Bend to one side. Wherever the crease forms, that is your natural waist. Pull the tape across the narrowest part and measure.
Stand straight and look forward. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips (or rear) and measure.