Super Seamstresses, Linda Garrett and Tina Smith Transform Dresses into Dreams

Behind every successful bridal business, are the magicians with sewing machines.

When a bride’s big day finally comes, and she puts her dream wedding dress on, she should feel like it was made just for her.  Enter Tina Smith and Linda Garrett, two members of Frew’s expert seamstress team.  These talented ladies can alter, shape, and customize any dress a bride wants to change. With a combined lifetime of experience, brides, mothers, bridesmaids, prom girls, and pageant girls alike trust this team to make their perfect dress fit.

How do they do it?  “We pin the dresses to fit, and then we take them apart and put them back together to fit the girls,” Linda said.  But they don’t just alter dresses, they can customize them too.  “We add things, recreate them, we add sleeves, take sleeves away, and we’ve got several dresses where we re-did mom’s dress to the bride’s liking,” said Tina.  It seems there is nothing these ladies can’t do!

Linda grew up sewing and learned the trade from her mother, who was also a seamstress. “I went to work in a bridal shop straight out of high school,” she said.  She came to Frew’s Bridal after they contacted her in search of another talented seamstress.  She has now been with Frew’s for four and a half years and says her favorite part of the job is the final moment when she gets to see the finished product on the bride and how excited they are with their dress.

Tina’s love for sewing began when she took a class in school and has been sewing ever since.  She actually came to Frew’s to apply for a sales position, but found out a seamstress position was also open, and to her delight, was hired for that position instead.  She has now been with Frew’s for a little over a year.  Her favorite part of the job is also the brides’ faces when the dress is finished.  “They don’t want to take it off and they’re ready to get married right then and there,” she said.

Outside of work, both ladies love to spend time with their families, especially their grandchildren.  When Tina sews outside of work, she enjoys making costumes and being creative with how and what she sews.

What makes these ladies great at their job is their passion for sewing and their impeccable attention to detail. “We work great as a team, all of us seamstresses.  We allow time to have a little fun and enjoy what we’re doing,” Tina said.

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https://purpleorchidbrides.com/2015/07/21/lets-address-the-seamstress/

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Rustic Wedding Photo Shoot

The shabby chic wedding seems to be a popular theme this year with rustic venues, muted colors, and bohemian dress styles. We decided to join in on this trend with an intimate photo shoot at The Historic Miners Institute, to create a truly vintage vibe showcasing new wedding gowns from Sottero and Midgley and Allure.

Spring 2017 is the year of the free-spirited bride with whimsical styles in soft romantic hues. Many brides are turning away from the extravagant princess ball-gown and gravitating more towards chic simplicity. Trend-setting designers like Allure and Sottero and Midgley by Maggie Sottero are recognizing this.

Other trends to follow include the subtly sexy plunging neckline, vintage lace appliques, and shimmering satin skirts.

If you’re looking for a high-fashion wedding gown that won’t break the bank, Best Bridal Prices is your dream dress destination with the latest trends in bridal fashion at the lowest prices.

Bridal gowns by Sottero and Midgley, Allure.

In order of appearance: Style Alba 7SW440, 7SC400, 2620.

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Dress of the Day: A Floor-Length Dress Just Not Your Cup of Tea? Cue the Darling Tea-Length Style by Bonny Bridal

For the non-traditional bride who loves the vintage vibe and showing off a cute pair of shoes, this wedding dress is the perfect style for saying, “I do.” https://www.bestbridalprices.com/bonny-love-in-stock-wedding-dresses-style-6618-p157676?ref=c0

Style: Sometimes less really is more and with this charming little number from Bonny Bridal, less goes a long way. This elegant illusion neckline style elongates and accentuates the right curves with a cinched waist and flattering A-line fit. Pair this 50’s inspired dress with a pair of fun earrings and heels and you’re ready to walk the aisle in style.
Comfort: Tea-length wedding dresses are not only adorable, but they’re also oh-so-practical. A dress like this is ideal for that girl who plans on dancing her heart out on her wedding day without the worry of tripping over a long train. This particular style is also lightweight which makes it great for spring and summer weddings. The beauty of this dress is the versatility! Pair it with a fur shrug and you look just as good in the cooler fall and winter months.

 

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday

The day is here! You’re going dress shopping and you can’t wait to bring your besties and family members with you for this once in a lifetime experience. The more people to help you make this decision, the better…right?

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It’s time to rethink the way we dress shop. This starts with selecting the right people to accompany you on the hunt for the perfect bridal gown. While many brides believe the only way to choose a wedding dress is to bring half of your wedding entourage with you to shop, we’re here to tell you that it can be much more difficult when you’ve got a plethora of opinions influencing you to make such a personal decision. Mom likes the mermaid style because it accentuates your curves. Your maid of honor is all about the princess ball gown look and while you’ve got your eye on a champagne dress with a plunging neckline, Grandma will die if she sees her beloved granddaughter walk down the aisle in anything but classic ivory with modest accents. So what’s a girl to do? You want to please everyone, but remember this day is all about YOU.

Time and time again, we see brides come through our doors excited and confident about the experience ahead of them and leave disheartened and frustrated because often times, there are too many people telling her what they do and don’t like. Ultimately the decision is yours and yours alone and finding the right dress is just like finding the “one.” When you know, you know…ya know?
So here are some tips to help you get started with the dress finding process that will eliminate some shopping anxiety!

Tip 1. Come up with a game-plan and do some research! While it’s important to have an open-mind, you should always spend some time beforehand browsing different styles and making note of specific fits that catch your eye. That includes writing down the style numbers of wedding dresses you like and paying close attention to the unique elements of each dress. You will start to notice common themes with designers and styles. Create a Pinterest Board! While this seems obvious to any bride-to-be in the 21st century, you’ll be surprised how much more confident you’ll feel going into your appointment knowing exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also helpful to come with a list of questions for your consultant so that you can leave your appointment feeling well-informed. Visit https://www.bestbridalprices.com/ to start browsing!

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Tip 2. Know your end goal before you walk into your appointment. Most bridal boutiques will advise their customers to order or purchase their wedding dress at least 6-8 months in advance so that there’s plenty of time for appropriate alterations to be made and so on and so forth. If you know you that you need to walk out with a dress at the end of the appointment, make sure you communicate this to your bridal consultant AND to the people accompanying you. Which leads us to the next point.

Tip 3. Choose your shopping squad carefully! Most bridal boutiques allow an hour for appointments and when you bring everyone in your bridal party with you, there is going to be many conflicting opinions which in most cases will make it extremely difficult to narrow down your options. We recommend bringing in just a few of your closest peers and family especially if you’re on a mission to find your dream dress and take it home with you that day. To avoid any hurt feelings, invite friends and family who aren’t as close to Skype in instead. Ask them for links or styles before the appointment they would like you to consider so that there’s no FOMO.

And while homemade paddles may be a cute way to get your entourage more involved, this may cause some confusion and second thoughts when you find a dress that YOU like.
When you try on a dress you like, simply walk out and before you ask for opinions, say aloud, “I’m liking this style. What I love most is the ‘blank.’ What do we like and not like about this dress?” This opens it up for discussion, instead of expressing affirmative close-minded opinions like, “I absolutely hate it.”

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Last Tip. Don’t get frustrated! Everyone’s bridal experience is different. Some find their dream dress the moment they try on the first option. For others, it takes a bit of time and patience. Some brides bawl tears of ecstatic joy when they find the perfect gown and some brides merely smile and say nonchalantly, “yes, I think this might be it.” When you don’t find “the one” right away, don’t panic and trust your consultant. It’s important to establish a relationship with your consultant from the get-go. Ask them questions, tell them about yourself and your personal style and they will do the rest!
And remember to book your appointment at Frew’s Bridal for the ultimate bridal experience! Our expert stylists are here to take the stress out of wedding dress shopping and bring you one step closer to finding the dress you’ve always dreamed of. So pop open a bottle of champagne, sista! We’ve got your back.*

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Q & A with Bride-to-Be, Elaina Cokinos

Meet beautiful bride-to-be, Elaina Cokinos from Washington D.C. Elaina and her fiancé, Brian Simpson are gearing up for an unforgettable Mountain wedding in Montana complete with lavish lavender and soft blush hues mixed with Gatsby-inspired decor.

Elaina is more than stunning. She’s smart, ambitious, and passionate about making a difference. Elaina is finishing up her last semester at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She is currently studying education and religion and hopes to pursue a career in organizational design & change leadership in DC. She and Brian met in college and the rest is history. We decided to sit down with Elaina and get the inside scoop on her glamorous wedding plans. It came as no surprise to hear she even planned to bring in a horse-drawn carriage for her ceremony. Here’s our interview with the future Mrs. Simpson.

Q: How did you and Brian meet?

A: Brian and I met on my first day of school my freshman year. He was the residence assistant or RA in my freshman housing. He says he remembers seeing me unpacking my car with my dad and stepmom. We made awkward eye contact a few times. A few months later we had our first interaction where he was coming out of the bathroom and I said “nice towel.” One time he saw me stressing out over an assignment in the library and interrupted my phone call to tell me to come outside and look at how pretty the moon was. (I didn’t know him but I thought it was cute.) A few weeks after that, we had our first real conversation and we started dating like a week later!

Q: How’s the wedding process going? Fun? Stressful? What advice would you give to other recently engaged brides?

A: You have to always set yourself up for success. If you know that planning a wedding during a stressful time (for me, my senior year in college), then delegate or hire help. This whole thing should be fun. Don’t ever let anything stress you out. There will always be little hiccups but don’t let that steal your joy during such a precious time. Other advice I have is that your wedding will always …. let me repeat…. always be bigger than you actually want it to be. Have a list of criteria someone has to meet to be in your wedding. For example, I decided I had to know their first and last names, know their children, and have seen them within the last year. It will be different for everyone. But people will always tell you who to invite or how to plan it. It’s your wedding! As selfish as that sounds, I had to remind myself of that many times.  I want to please everyone, but, you can’t. This day is about celebrating the love of you and your fiance, and it should be an extension of the couple!

How did you go about looking for a wedding dress?

I started looking early for my dress. I would say always take 2 months to think about your dress before you buy it. I thought I had the one, but low and behold, after 2 months I saw THE ONE walking down the runway in a video from Bridal Fashion Week. I’m so glad I waited! Look online first, then go shopping in person.

Q: Where is your wedding going to be and what are you most excited for?

A: Our wedding is going to be in May in the mountains. The theme is kind of fairy tale, great gatsby-esque. That was not really intentional, that’s just what I love! I picked my favorite colors, lavender, gold and blush pink. I asked Brian if he was SURE he was okay with having so much pink. He said, “Well, it wouldn’t be my wedding if there wasn’t pink and sparkles everywhere!” The guy has to know his woman!

I am the most excited for my bridesmaids to feel amazing and taken care of as they are getting ready. I am also excited to see people I haven’t seen in awhile. It’s amazing how many people will travel for love!

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What color gown should I wear to win my pageant?

We get asked this question a lot. What is the winning evening gown dress color? The truth is there is no winning color. When choosing your dress, you should worry less about what everyone else is doing, and focus more on what looks great on you, and what dress makes you feel your best. You need to consider your skin color, hair, and body type when choosing a dress. Take this quiz to see what color looks best on you. Yes, white is the most common winning color, but that is primarily because more girls tend to wear white. More people drive white cars. Does that mean you should buy a white car for that reason? No.

Many of us do associate colors with certain feelings and meanings. Let’s start with the most common winning pageant gown color, white.

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Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell
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Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev
Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan

White is associated with purity, perfection, and safety.

The second most common wining color is black.

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Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields
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Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler

Black is associated with power, elegance, and mystery.

The third most common winning color is red.

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Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo
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Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez

Red is associated with power, passion, and desire.

So, does everyone that wins wear white, black, and red? No! Here are some queens that rocked other colors.

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Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber
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Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan
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Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri

What are some of our favorite pageant gowns?

If you're wanting to pull of an Olivia Jordan jewel toned dress, we love this dress. You should know that it has pockets! xoxo
If you’re wanting to pull of an Olivia Jordan jewel toned dress, we love this dress. You should know that it also comes in royal and it has pockets! Click the image to find this dress on our site.
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This dress would be perfect for the USA system. It has the fun over-skirt that you can play with on stage. The deep V makes the dress very sexy, but the long sleeves keep it classic. Click the image to find this dress on our site.
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For pageant girls on a budget, this dress is perfect. The material and fit shows off your body’s shape. The judges don’t want the dress to wear you, they want you to wear the dress. Try wearing big earrings with it to bring the attention to your face. Click the image to find this dress on our site.

If you have a pageant coming up and need help picking a dress, schedule an appointment with our pageant consultant at (618) 466-8820 or visit bestbridalprices.com.

 

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