Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located and how flexible are your appointment times?
Heather's Studio is located in the Outer Eastern Suburbs, in Kilsyth. From the city, you will need to allow about 45min, using the Eastern freeway, and Citylink as a very direct route. To accomodate, Heather is available for client appointments: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday till 6pm, and Saturdays, all by appointment only. Saturdays are particularly busy with often 15 appointments booked, so planning is essential please!
How long do you need?
It is always better to have your initial consultation earlier than later. Most girls are trying to lose weight, or keep hoping that they will "find" something, or maybe have just had a baby, and before they know it, it is only a few months till your Wedding! Your early meeting will ensure Heather can help you, and of course, depending on your needs, all your fittings will be made to meet them as closely as possible. With an average of 80 Gowns in progress at any given time, the earlier you can call, the better!
For a Gown to be custom made, please allow as long as possible, though 4-6 months should be fine. For pre purchased Bridal Gowns to be altered, again as long as possible, but a minimum of 6-8 weeks generally apply. Availability will obviously depend on Heathers availability, and the time of year, so please call sooner than later to avoid disappointment!
I would love to wear a vintage Gown I have, but it needs repair and modernising a little. Can you help?
Bridal "redesign" is a wonderful new trend that Brides are embracing. And there is nothing more warming to the heart than sharing the memories or joy for both the previous owner and the recipient of a beautifully kept Gown. However, the passage of time may require some special care, and Heather understands the full responsibility of caring/repairing a special Gown. Redesigning it a little, to keep the essence of the Gown, but redesigning to be appropriate for today, also required experience and skills, and is something Heather loves to share. So yes, your Gown is in very safe hands.
I have bought a Gown online, but it doesn't fit very well and the lace hem is too long. Help!
The biggest fear every woman has, is that in needing alterations, will this be visible, and in fact "look altered?" There is no problem in resizing your Gown, especially if it is on the larger side, than smaller, though it may still be possible to enlarge, depending on the design. As a patternmaker with 27 years experience, there is zero risk that when altered, your Gown will appear altered at all. Removing and reappliqueing lace and delicate fabrics, is something Heather is well used to. Your alteration questions and a fixed quote will be presented at your initial obligation free consultation for your consideration, and fittings/payments will be done appropriately to suit your Wedding date.
I want a dress made, but where do I start?!
Heathers suggestion is always to have a look online for design elements you like - perhaps the neckline of one, the skirt of another, and maybe the train of a third. Try some Gowns on to assess how full you may like them, colours that flatter and so on, and collect all the ideas together. You will find there is a common theme, and from there, at your initial obligation free appointment, Heather will be able to help you refine the design idea's to one that is absolutely perfect for you!
What sort of budget do I need for a "custom made" Gown to be made?
Within every design, there are always options to be flexible with your budget. The "basic" design, the silhouette, is the basis of your design. But the degree of detailing, different types of fabrics, hand beading, the number of layers of fabric and so on, will dictate your quote as much as the basic design. So there is always flexibility within every design. However, generally, most Gowns will be between $1750 and $2750, including your fabrics.
I have an idea for my Bridal Gown, but how can I be sure it will suit me?!
When you come to Heather's Studio for your totally obligation free consultation, Heather will be able to guide you and refine your design based on your figure, your colouring (as a Colour consultant), your budget, and the theme for your Wedding, with no problem at all. Her aim is for you to have the most flattering and gorgeous Gown that represents "you", so please don't be too concerned! There mere fact that you love the idea, probably means it will suit you!
What exactly is "Custom Made"?
Having a Gown "Custom made" means your Gown is made specifically to your personal measurements, and your design is one that is created together - based on your ideas, and Heathers advise and expertise, to create your "perfect" Gown!