Your Wedding Gown – Custom Compared To Off-The-Rack

Recently a bride-to-be inquired about having me make a custom wedding gown. She’d found an exquisite, couture gown she wanted me to copy. I asked about budget: $1000. Even if we cheated and used an inexpensive lace, just the materials would eat up most of that. I had to disappoint her. A custom wedding gown can be about the same as an off-the-rack gown with alterations. But that doesn’t mean a bride can have any gown she admires. It means that if a bride is spending $1200 for an off-the-rack gown and budgeting $500 to $750 for alterations (and that’s a reasonable range), she can probably have a custom gown … Read more…

Special Occasion Gowns

After much, too much ado, I can finally post entries on Glam Of God again. Over the past several months, I’ve altered many wedding and other special occasion gowns. There’s been so much I’ve wanted to tell my clients. Of course I can’t do that. The stress level when preparing for a special occasion is high. When preparing for a wedding, it’s off the charts. But I can make some observations here so that my readers can knowledgeably prepare for a wedding or other special occasion and either save money or get what they want at a reasonable price.

Yes! You Can Machine Wash Wool Sweaters (Mostly)

One actually can machine wash most wool sweaters (even the ones with a “dry clean only” tag). The gentle cycle might seem to be the way to go but it’s not gentle enough. First: Never wash mohair sweaters, those with more than 10% angora fibers, or with special coatings/finishes. Also, don’t wash wool sweaters with an open stitch or with embellishments (beads, spangles, etc.). If you’ve got the yarn sample that comes attached to the tag of many new sweaters, use it to test whether a particular sweater can be washed. Snip off about an inch of the wool, pop it into a mesh bag, and wash it according to … Read more…

2015 A to Z Challenge Reflections

At the end of each annual A to Z Challenge (that’s what the month of April is all about), bloggers write a post reflecting on the experience. I launched Glam Of God! That’s a huge goal met. I encountered many other bloggers and some of their readers. ‘Twas lovely. Blogging two posts each day, one here and one at Loved As If was hard work. And again, ’twas lovely. I’d do it again. Well, maybe I’ll limit myself to one post or write more posts in advance. The A to Z Challenge is a great way to make my way through a writing project even when other things are calling … Read more…

Z is for Zori

Fashion is cyclical and regional. Garments and shoes are in today, out tomorrow, and fashionable again after a few years. Often regional garments, worn for 100’s of years, inspire designers from another area of the world. Zori are perfect examples of the fashion cycle that draws from many regions and eras. Zori are classic Japanese footwear, the forerunner of flip flops. Whether made of rubber, leather, cork, or other materials, flip flops are pretty much the same zori design the Japanese have been wearing for a very long, long time. In fact, these zori are available at Japanese shops and online right now. (I bought a pair when I first … Read more…

Y is for Young Clothes

When I was a junior in high school, the incoming freshmen thought I was a teacher. I was not yet 14, but wore dresses (or skirts), jackets, and real shoes everyday. I carried a real purse and a structured book bag, wore makeup, and carried myself as if I were an adult. (Sometimes, I’d have lunch in San Francisco with a friend in college, order a glass of wine, and not even be carded.) I felt so grown up in my adult outfits and wanted nothing to do with young clothes. When a freshman was surprised to see me in a student activity, I felt uncomfortable and began wearing jeans … Read more…

X is for XXL (& Other Plus Sizing Headaches)

Kristin and Sheridan are two intrepid, young women who wear plus sizes. They ordered clothing online and revealed the disappointing results on BuzzFeed, even mimicking the model’s poses. Their comments are hilarious and their experiences showcase many plus sizing headaches. I highly recommend the piece. This series of photos comparing trousers on a model to the way they really look is a perfect example of what all woman face. But women who wear plus sizes can expect additional plus sizing headaches:   These fit the model but they don’t fit Kristin or Sheridan. That’s not surprising because “plus size” models are significantly smaller than most women who wear plus sizes. … Read more…

W is for Wedding Gowns

Wedding gowns are the stuff of dreams, often dreams that began in childhood. Every women wants to be gorgeous on her wedding day. She wants to live her dreams and create wonderful, lasting memories. Brides-to-be who want modest gowns often find themselves in a sea of strapless lace and tulle. At least 75% of what she will see will be strapless. Much of the rest will be almost strapless or unattractive. And most of the gowns, unfortunately, will look very much alike. The overlay will have different embellishments and details but there are only a few strapless, wedding gown shapes that are then decorated in a variety of ways. Strapless … Read more…

V is for Vintage

Vintage clothes are like fine wine, they improve with age. These garments were beautiful then and remain so now. Even when there’s no “retro-inspired” version being shown on the runways, vintage still looks fresh, beautiful, even luxurious. Current fashion often samples looks from the past. (When I worked at Loft in 2000, we sampled embellishments from the middle ages and styles from the 1950’s and 60’s.) So vintage clothing remains stylish and fashionable for many, many years and will continue to do so. And vintage is quality. Many vintage fabrics are no longer manufactured. To reduce the cost of materials and production, many design and construction techniques are no longer … Read more…