More OMG Gypsy Bling Stories from Sondra Celli

posted: 09/04/16
by: TLCme
Stories from Sondra Celli, the Gypsy bride aficianado:

No Drinking While Blinging
One of my Blingettes was blinging out the bodice of a dress and accidentally spilled her drink all over it! The bodice was completely packed with crystals and she had been working on it for days. The dress was due to ship out the next day. Unfortunately, it couldn't be saved and had to be thrown out. We had to start all over again and I had to put 2 more Blingettes on it to work around the clock to make the deadline. It was a very expensive accident. Now, drinks are no longer allowed in the work area. Valuable lesson learned!
Gypsy Wedding
Sondra Celli
Sondra's Little Helpers
We were working on an elaborate gypsy wedding dress which was due on a Monday morning. It was Friday, and the staff and I had to work all weekend long to get it made. It was the dead of winter and suddenly the heat in the shop went out. We had no choice but to continue working in a frigid workroom, as we couldn't get a mechanic to fix it until Monday. I brought in 5 space heaters and bought fingerless gloves for everyone so that they could still work. We all wore our heavy winter coats, hats and boots and looked like we belonged at Santa's workshop at the North Pole! Everyone was cranky, tired, and freezing but we did manage to finish in time!
Lights, Camera, Spit-Up
I was in the middle of a fitting with a newborn who was getting a custom christening outfit. The mother of the baby was holding him while I helped get him dressed. Once he was in the outfit his mother wanted to take a photo of him. She sat the baby up on the couch in my shop and just as she took the photo, the baby spit up all over the front of his brand new outfit! It took a bit of scrubbing, but somehow I did manage to get the stain out and the mom was elated!
Sondra's Most Expensive Delivery Ever!

The very first gypsy dress I ever made for TV was so big that I couldn't get it into a box to
ship to the bride! Unfortunately, I had built all of the petticoats into the dress as one piece. This meant that I couldn't remove all of the petticoats from the dress to fold everything up and neatly fit it into a box. (I now make all of my custom petticoats separately from the dresses!). To get the dress to the bride we had to hire a truck and driver to get it to the bride. It cost $1,800 to deliver that dress!
Gypsy Wedding
Sondra Celli