Monday, November 29, 2010

Loretta Wrote

"I loved my headpiece and it made my day. Thankyou for your talent. It was truly appreciated. I had a million comments on how beautiful the headpiece looked."
Loretta was such a delight for me to create with.

So much so, that sharing her passion for buttons, together we raided my 'inner sanctum' button box for a few special antique treasures of adornment.

Coming Soon Vintage Wedding Gown with Gold Detail Embroidery Thankyou Daughter of 'SG' for being THE MOST FABULOUS SUPPLIER xxxx If you are seeking a particular wedding gown, do make contact and together with my supplier, we will do our best to find it for you

Jean Carrol

This is my dear and divine friend Jean Carrol.
'Jeannie' - is loved and adored by many of the milliners she has trained throughout her career.
A lady through and through, with a deliciously wicked sense of humour -
AND.....AN Order Of Australia for her contribution to millinery over the years.
We LOVE you Jeannie xxxxx

Beautiful Greer

Check out the latest Cosmopolitan Bride

To see our beautiful Greer in her fabulous wedding gown.
Greer immediately fell in love with this divine vintage creation.
Her Mum, Margaret did those special mum things in reworking a 'few' seams as well as sewing a matching full tulle petticoat (if you have ever made one, you know the mammoth effort in dealing with layers and layers of tulle all bound with satin ribbon) Margaret tell us she used an adaption of a pattern found on site

Being a full on team effort, I have some fun photos only Greer and I share, of her headpiece veiling soaking in a pot on my stove to obtain the perfect match.

Reminds me of the time I was studying under the famous milliner, Jean Carrol, when my white frilled and wired showstopper/skyscraper/Gone With The Wind/Exam Piece looked way too white for my liking. I soaked it in coffee, hung it on the clothesline and it was immediately attacked by every bird within cooee. After this drama, it was too 'coffee coloured' and soon was seen soaking in a tub of napisan! Passed the exam with ('scuse the pun) flying colours and my dear friend Jeannie remains unaware of the excercise to this day :-)

When my brides visit the studio seeking a vintage gown, I always stress that the key element of vision must be applied when opting to wear vintage. It's always worth the effort - and almost always cost effective. The bonus being that your gown will always be remembered as unique and you will never see another of the same.

My seamstresses and myself are often seen chopping out sleeves, reworking a modest bodice to a sassy new look, building new petticoats and more recently, applying a serious haircut to hemlines.
The draping, fabrics and laces of yesteryear are truly worth preserving and how wonderful to have a mum like Margaret to be part of the reworking process.

Coming soon is a full length cream tulle gown with detailed gold embroidery on the bodice and hemline - a real showstopper if you, like Greer, are seeking a Vintage Wedding.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Miss Bunni Lambada

Congratulation to Miss Bunni Lambada
(Our Emma Buxton)
Not only a beautiful princess, but brains as well, with honours degrees in both law and philosophy !!!!!
Emma was the NSW Winner in The Miss Pin Up Competition - Miss Perfect Category
We wish her good luck in The National Final held in The Gold Coast next January
Well done Pixie for organizing suck a fab event.

Vintage Dress

Our Beautiful Aimee Angelique
Sydney based actor/singer/songwriter
wears yet another version of our fabulous 50s pattern

1950s Wedding Dress

Cheye and Ailis From New Zealand

Sunday, November 21, 2010

1950's Vintage Wedding Dress

My mannequins wait paitently in the new studio for electricians, builders, painters (and learner bloggers) to get the job done with all things up and running.

This is the original and tresured gown I had quality reproductions made from.
See the Vintage Wedding Section.
Later, as the pattern suited so many shapes and sizes, it was reproduced in all forms including this divine handpainted silk cotton bluebird gown now listed in my online store.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Thankyou Little Katie for yet another modelling marathon!

See this sensational 'Oscar' along with many other treasures in my online store

Flapper Wedding Gown

Flapper Bride?

Dare to be different?

How Cute!

Exquisite Victorian Wedding Gown - now listed on our online store

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Online Store Up and Running
Many thanks to the gorgeous Emily whose arm was twisted with the offer of vintage treasures in exchange for modelling our frocks.
In the next few days as soon as I learn a little more about online stores, I will be listing many beautiful treasures some of which have not been previously offered.

Sandie x

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sandie Bizys HAS MOVED


I hear you say -right in the middle of Melbourne Cup season?

Yes it's true.

Anyone having visited my previous studio would know that successfully running three businesses in one, can sometimes be a daunting task.
So I am excited to say that I have rented a beautiful studio directly across the road to concentrate on millinery, styling and vintage weddings.

Monica was indeed the lucky one who received the gift of our gorgeous little vintage business and now operates as Timeless Vintage.

Do visit Monica (who manages to open much more frequently than I could ever manage) ;-)

I still have approximately 600 vintage pieces left to pass on to new custodians, so please keep an eye out for my online store ; which will be opening in the very near future.

My new studio, 'Sandie Bizys' will be open by appointment.
Or if you see the buzzer on the door, I am in my workroom creating new pieces.
Please do call in and say hello.