Swimwear Designer goes Bridal: A Custom Wedding Dress by Nicolita

August 25, 2008

When I got engaged in May 2007, I had a list of priorities I needed to accomplish first before beginning able to plan the rest of my wedding.

1st – finding the perfect venue
2nd – finding a church near by that we could be married at after 4pm.
3rd – finding the perfect dress.

Since I am in the swim wear/apparel manufacturing industry, the thought had crossed my mind to design my own dress. However, I understand how much work is involved in developing a new swim wear pattern, let alone a wedding gown. I decided to check out what the prof
essionals had to offer and I searched online wedding gowns. After my searches, I had an idea of which styles I wanted to try on. I traveled to many bridal boutique and tried on numerous wedding dresses. There were many beautiful gowns but either the price was too expensive or the price was right but there were too many alterations I wanted to make.

So after I realized I might not be able to buy my dress ‘off the showroom’ floor, I started to cost out how much designing and making my dress would be. I found a professional seamstress and contacted silk and lace distributors in Los Angeles and New York. (Searching the internet for fabric is another great source.)

About my design.
I knew I wanted a mermaid style, low v- back, Chantilly Laced edges, Barathea Silk, cover buttons and sleeves/straps. I also knew I wanted a fun party short dress as well. Originally I was going to make two dresses, but after working with the pattern, I was able to add a ZIPPER and have my wedding gown coverted into a mini cocktail dress. 2 FOR 1….It was one of the HITS at my wedding.
My photographer, Jasmine Star did an amazing job capturing the details on my dress.

The photos below give you an idea of how and where I added the zipper and how to put on the dress

I first put on the mini dress, then I stepped into the skirt and zipped the two pieces onto each other. I had to use two zippers because it was difficult to find an accurate sized zipper that would work for my measurements.

The zipper was hidden by the scalped lace edge.

I only told a my mother and bridesmaids about the zipper on the dress because I wanted the reveal to be a surprise for guests. After dinner and the bouquet toss, it was time for my Groom to take off my garter and toss it. I decided at this time I wanted my groom to take off the zipper first and then take off my garter. The reactions from my guests were great. Everyone started to shout out and some people event thought he ripped my dress. It was one of my favorite moments of my wedding.

The unveiling…...

This photo was taken at the end of the night. After dinner, all of the tables and chairs were cleared out and a candle lite walkway lead the guest back to the valet. It was a magical night and my dream wedding come true.

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Fit Guide and Suggested Styles

Do you hate when your bikini bottoms dig into your hips? Have no fear, Nicolita NO PINCH FIT Cuban Style Bottoms are here!!

Hola! I'm Nicolita owner & designer Nicole Di Rocco. In this video I'll show you why and how we created our signature Nicolita Bottom fit.

Nicolita has one-of-kind swimwear styles that are carefully designed to flatter your figure. Say goodbye to those ill-fitting bikini bottoms and say hello to comfort and fit!

Below are a few of our most popular styles that were designed with YOUR hips in mind.

Welcome to the Nicolita Fitting Room!

I want to help you find the Perfect Fit Nicolita Style. Below I have created a Nicolita Swimwear Fit guide to match your curves with our swimwear options and styles. If you still have questions of which bikini or one piece style would look best with your body shape just Call 866-NICOLITA (866-642-6548)  Email hola@mynicolita, or Skype me @mynicolita.     

Over the last 13 years since I started Nicolita in 2003, I have worked with a lot of Nicolita clients on selecting the perfect swimsuit for them. I'm the first to admit that wearing a bikini or one piece swimsuit can be challenging for the majority of us. Even if you have a rockin' body, there are certain styles that work better on certain body shapes.

But I am a strong believer that there is the perfect swimsuit out there for you. And we have gone ahead and picked out some styles that are flattering for you!

Larger cup sizes (D cup and up)

Women with larger cup sizes are primarily looking for 2 things when trying on swimwear: coverage and support. While going up a size in the top can provide more coverage, some styles just won’t provide the coverage and support you may be looking for. Look for styles with side boning and molded cups to give you the support and coverage you desire, without the pinching of an underwire!

For support and coverage, check out:
Maria Knotty Wrap Twist Top

Molded Push Up Bikini Top


Smaller Bust

Have a smaller bust and want to create the illusion of a bigger chest? Styles with details like ruffles and molded cups will add volume and create cleavage!

For adding volume to a smaller chest, check out:

Haute Dot Bow Tie Bikini Tube Top

Rumba Ruffles Triangle Halter


Broad Shoulders

If you’re looking to tone down the appearance of broad shoulders, look for one-shoulder and detailed tops which will draw attention away from wide set shoulders. Deep V necklines will keep the attention focused on your chest and the low cut back will make your shoulders appear more narrow.

To elongate the torso, check out:

Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder Top

Neon Bloom Deep V One Piece


Not So Curvy

Looking to add more curve to that backside? Look for bottoms with backside details like ruffles, shirring, or our signature knotty bottom. These details add more curve to your bottom and create a more shapely bum. 

To add curves to a not so curvy bottom, check out:

Rumba Ruffles Forgiven Bottom

Signature Knotty Bottom


Tummy Control

We all have those days we would rather cover our midsection. To conceal your midriff while flattering your other assets, look for styles that have shirring throughout the midsection to camouflage any insecurities.

For tummy control, check out:

Deep V One Piece With Shirring

Noche Cha Cha High-Waisted Bottoms


More Coverage Overall

Trying to keep your skin out of the sun, or just desire to be more covered? Look for styles that provide more coverage without sacrificing style, like high-neck tops, high-waist bottoms, and one pieces!

For more coverage, check out:

Gina High Neck One Piece

Retro High Waist Bottom