Having a sewing studio during Bridal Season is very entertaining.
This week two brides showed up with two very different takes on the special day. The first one was traditional with a lovely long dress with sheer netting over embroidered satin. It was purchased in a boutique in Sacramento and all it needs is to be steamed and a bustle added.
The second bride arrived with this China-made dress that she ordered from Unique Vintage and because it came with instructions to measure yourself she decided to order her exact size instead of one a bit larger. Here is what it looks like:
She did say on the phone that she was having a little trouble with the zipper.
The alteration nearly doubles the price of the dress but like so many brides she fell in love with the dress and never thought about the shape of her body, just the model’s on the website.
But it’s not all white shiny fabrics for me…clients who want custom clothes to attend weddings and vacations have been dropping off fabrics and patterns and asking for precise fitting clothes with interesting details. This outfit is a combo of two patterns; the gold sheath dress is Vogue 1237 and the jacket is Butterick 4929.
The two of them were made with heavy cotton from Andover fabrics called Harvest Dance Geisha by Lonni Rossi. It is lined with yellow cotton broadcloth.
The floral dress, Vogue 8469 is made from a delightful thin cotton which reminds me of the Liberty prints I bought when I lived in England.
It is called London Calling by Robert Kaufman and is lined in lime green batiste with self made piping on the edges of the cummerbund to highlight it.
The skirt was cut wider for more flare and there is another jacket being made without the peplum in that green solid cotton. There is also another dress in the floral print in a pink version too that will share the new green jacket. The jacket pattern has great fit with very little altering and it is a joy to find a pattern with princess lines that actually ride over the bust points. What is it with designers now making the lines 1-2 inches off to the side seams? Do they think boobs travel East or West? OH NO…they only go North or south depending on the bra. That is one thing I bug my clients about…wearing a good bra with no stretch straps. All stretch straps do is allow breasts to droop by the afternoon and give you a matronly look. Who needs that for the sake of comfort? You don’t want other women commenting on your form-fitting dress saying: “Nice outfit, pity about her saggy bra” do you?
OK, as promised…harvest from the garden…we are picking a bowl or two of strawberries every day now…and they are red in the center and sweet, no white core or pale flesh.
Wishing you a super weekend!