Slits are beautiful, sexy, and they can make you feel like a red-carpet celebrity. Today I'm going explain to you the different types of slits, how to get one, and a few things you might want to consider when looking for a dress.
The first thing to consider is just buying a gown with a slit. When you're shopping, tell the stylist exactly what you're looking for. Most bridal shops will have a range of gowns that either have slits, or can be special ordered with one. This is the simplest way to get a slit and the best option. But sometimes you fall in love with the perfect gown and, sadly, it does have a slit...yet!
Since I'm a seamstress and alterations are my business, most of the focus here is going to be on how to add a slit to a wedding dress that doesn't have one. To be clear, this is not a tutorial or a DIY. Please only have a professional cut your gown. Trust me, I've seen and heard too many horror stories...
Let's start with the classic princess seam slit...
The princess seams are the two that run from the apex of the bust to the floor. Generally gowns with princess seams are more fitted throughout and don't have a waist seam. These are the easiest gowns to add a slit into and nearly any seamstress is capable of it. The only time a seamstress may turn you away with this alteration is if the gown is heavily beaded across that seam. Also, if there is a lot of lace applique over the seam, it may cost you extra. Otherwise, this is the simplest of slits and should be easy enough to get put in.
Now, onto the more complicated stuff...Let's talk about the center slit.
Front slits are here for the shoe lovers! Whether you're rocking a pair of glittery heels, leather cowboy boots, or some bedazzled sneakers, these slits make your feet the star of the show. Unfortunately they are a little trickier to put in. Because there is no center seam on most gowns, the slit will have to be cut into the material and there is no going back!
I'm not trying to scare you off from these, just trying to make the reader aware of the irreversibility of this type of slit.
Center slits tend to be more noticeable as there is a lack of fabric for it to fold into. Side slits can often not be too noticeable or disappear into the folds of the gown. These slits are quick literally the front and center and a statement in and of themselves. One cool thing about these slits is that they can be as narrow or as wide as you'd like, so if you want more of an opening than a slit it can often actually be easier for the seamstress. I could see a wider slit perfectly fitting into a country barn wedding with some cowboy boots...
Ballgown and A-line slits are best bought as part of the gown. I unfortunately struggled to find photos for this part, but for another example check out this link to David's bridal.
I can't give you concrete advice about this type of slit, except to consult your tailor. Every gown is different and it takes a creative eye to come up with a solution. These are definitely going to be the most expensive slits and will take the most time. Depending on the skirt style, your seamstress may highly discourage you from adding a slit but, if you're willing to pay and have enough time, they will most likely do it for you. Consider this in the category of a re-design, however. It's definitely the most invasive operation of the bunch.
Now that you're educated on slits, I encourage you to do a little research and look at different styles. There are so many gowns out there with beautiful slits and if you know what you want it'll be easier to find or create what you're looking for.
Happy Wedding Planning!
Capes...love or hate?
I first came across the cape trend about two years ago when I was just getting into learning about bridal trends and styles. I can't say I was immediately obsessed with them or anything. I like the look, but I'm not sure I could ever be convinced to give up my favorite, the classic veil. However, whether you like it or not, capes are here and they aren't going away just yet. So thought today we could get into some of the styles, pros, and cons of cape wearing today.
There is one area in which capes win over veils, and that is you can really find capes in every style imaginable. In fact, it's a little overwhelming how many options there are! I'm going to go over just a few here and also explain how to find one that matches your dress and your style.
Capes are most popularly paired with clean dresses (meaning plain, simple, one fabric throughout) and are a way to add detail to a simple gown. A clean gown can be accessorized in a million different ways and almost any style of cape will pair nicely. Consider lace capes especially with clean gowns for more of a classic bridal look, like the one pictured above.
If you decide to go with a solid cape (like the one below) on top of a clean gown, make sure that the fabrics match. If you're working with a seamstress or designer you can swatch the material before you purchase it. There are many different tones of white and ivory in bridal gowns, and you don't want your dress and cape to be starkly mismatched!
If your gown is lace, look for a tulle or clean solid cape. Finding matching lace can be hard unless the shop you buy from is able to order from the designer. If you know you want a matching accessory, ask them before the dress is ordered so they can buy some extra material. Otherwise, look for other fabrics that are more versatile. If want a statement piece that isn't lace, consider pearl or sparkly tulle, or a color!
Tulle capes are truly the most versatile and a modern alternative to a veil. There are a bunch of different styles including ones that cover the shoulders and ones that don't. Ones that cover the shoulders typically fasten around the neck, vs. clipping to the gown itself. You can also buy them as two separate pieces that attach to each shoulder, which gives you a similar look to the cape pictured above. Tulle or net capes can be paired with nearly every style of gown out there. They are light and breezy, so perfect for any weather and season! And you can also find these with lace, pearls, glitter, stars, embroidery, you name it!
Finally, my biggest reason why I like capes is that I think it would be a great way to repurpose a vintage or family gown for your wedding day! By using the beads or a scrap of lace, or even the fabric from a family gown, you can wear you mother's dress for your wedding without compromising your unique style.
If you're looking for more bridal cape styles check out this article: https://ruffledblog.com/bridal-capes-wedding-trend/
And if you're looking for a custom cape (or veil!) to wear on your wedding day, email me at email@example.com.
Until next time!