The Construction of Rental Wedding Dresses in Japan

The Construction of Rental Wedding Dresses in JapanI make custom wedding dresses (my recent makes here and here), but occasionally I have a chance to refashion a dress from a rental shop. Renting one’s wedding dress is very popular in Japan. Usually the rental dress shop a given bride uses is associated with wedding ceremony venue so a bride “must” pick a dress from that wedding hall’s dress shop. If they choose an alternate dress rental provider, they will be charged extra fee.
It’s interesting to see the construction of a rental dress as it is different from a custom dress. Because the dress is meant to be used by different brides over and over again,  it must be made with more durable fabrics (synthetics) and is far more adjustable. I wanted to show the key features of a rental dress.inside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-51. Elastic back panel
I incorporate this element in the recent dress I made.inside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-62. Lace upinside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-3inside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-43. Wide waist stayinside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-24. Bra cups
inside-of-japanese-rental-wedding-dress-15. Built-in tulle under skirt to add volume

Not only is the construction different, but also the style of the dress is unique to rental dresses. You almost never see a relaxed Bohemian style like Grace Loves Lace or Limor Rosen as a rental option. Rather, you see dresses in a Disney princess style with a big puffy skirt and many layers. I wonder if this style difference comes from the nature of renting as it is easier for many people to fit in a puffy skirt than a mermaid style where you have to worry about the exact fit in waist and hip area. My hope is to provide more variety of choice for Japanese brides!chie sig2Find me elsewhere:

6 Camel Color Winter Coat Inspiration

camel coat inspiration board vivat veritas blogIt’s the time of the year to sew a new coat! Last year, I made myself a pink wool coat (and for my daughter too. We match!). I still wear it but wanted to make another one. I’ve decided to go for a camel color tailored wool coat. The shape will be pretty similar to the pink coat with single front button, single breasted and long collar. I already made two muslins for it and am now ready to dive into cutting the wool.

It’s funny how your style changes over a year. I clearly remember looking at someone with a camel colored coat and thinking, “what an ugly color..I will be truly an old woman when I want to wear that”. That was about five years ago. Now I’m completely drawn to the camel color, thus I made this image board. All of them are from my Fashion Inspiration board on Pinterest, which I add pins to frequently. I’m a bit addicted to Pinterest.

Last week, I had a chance to go to Nippori fabric district. The fabric I had in mind was a thick camel color wool from Sakuraya Shoten, that I saw a month ago but did not buy at the time. Unfortunately it was all gone. I searched through the sale’s rack and found another camel wool, a bit thinner than the original one I had in mind for 300 yen (3 USD) for a meter and a half so I grabbed it.

Now I have to modify the length so I can cut all the coat pieces from 1.5m. Originally I planned this to be super long calf length, like #6 image above, but now it will more likely to be the length that just covers my butt. We will see.

Any coat sewing plans this winter?

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Pinspiration:: 7/18/2014

July Pinspiration Vivat Veritas BlogHere is what I love from Pinterest…

1. Pretty kid’s portrait
2. I’ve been seeing deer head ornamention on many stylish gallery walls but they are quite expensive. This DIY shows you how to make it with clay and twigs! I’m definitely doing this for my sewing room.
3. Matching top and bottom is a refreshing alternative to a dress.
4. Free fonts! Which one do you like the best?
5.  How to build a stylish home office.
6. Alexandra Grecco launched a bridal line! I’ve always been fan of her clothing.

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