Heather Sellick Bridal & Formal Couture
4 Ti-Tree Court, Kilsyth VIC 3137
Heather's Bridal design business is all about you...
Whether you are after
- a gorgeous Custom Made Bridal gown you can design & create together,
- or you have a pre purchased Gown that requires alterations,
- or a vintage Gown you would like redesigned with a modern edge,
- or your bridesmaids or Mothers need gowns made or altered
please read on for further information......
Bridal Couture - Custom Made & Designed
Allow Heather the pleasure of creating this dream for you. As a Designer & Couturier in custom-made Bridal for over 27 years, Heather is able to offer you this; from Design to Creation, and every minute intricate detail in between. As a Body Shape & Colour Consultant, and having made over 4,000 gowns in a career she loves, Heather will help you design the perfect Gown for YOU, with impeccable service and respect you deserve. After all it is YOUR day!
Custom-made means there are no limitations to your design, and your Gown is made to your specific measurements.
Bridal Gown - Alterations and Redesign service
Bridal Alterations and Redesigning a Gown are a little different.....
Bridal Alterations are when you pre purchase your Gown, and you love it, but it needs some help for it to be.... Perfect!. This may mean generally refitting to your size, altering the length, taking in the bodice, inserting bra cups for a better shape and so on. All of which are possible, and make an enormous difference to your Gown - infact, making it look like it was Custom made for you!
Bridal Redesign is when you have pre puchased your Gown, and you love "some"of it! You may want a different shape skirt with additional layers/textures/fabric or embelishments, or you have a vintage Gown, bought or inherited, that you would love to wear and keep the "essentials" of the design, but modernise it a little, add some colour, change the neckline and so on. This "recreates" the Gown into a gorgeous new design, exclusive to you!
Formal & Bridesmaids - Alterations
Formal Gowns You will be amazed that even the most minor of alterations can create a transformation in your appearance and how you feel about yourself when wearing what will become your “favourite” dress. No more adjusting, no more pulling… it just fits and feels… perfect.
Bridesmaids Gowns Nothing is more noticable in your Bridal Party photographs, than if the dresses do not all look beautifully fitted, or are the correct length. Alterations are generally easy, inexpensive.... and beautiful.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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!