While many of you may think that this poor seamstress spends days adding fabric and making corset backs to wedding dresses to squeeze big girls into small gowns, the same thing happens in reverse…taking in seams and zippers to “make it tight”…the battle cry of so many of my clients.
If you watch “Say Yes to the Dress” where hopeful brides try on expensive dress after dress in the New York Bridal Salon, Kleinfeld’s, until they emerge from the dressing room with a smile on their face and happy tears in their eyes and declare, “Yes, this is my dress” to an applauding entourage of envious relatives/
bridesmaids, you know the drill.
This week one of the dresses that needed work really fit into the category of “NOT”.
Nice enough dress if it fit, the price? $220 cotton fabric made by Beth Bowley. The problem is the client needed 3 extra inches in the bust to fasten the buttons. I used one of the side seam pockets to steal fabric and added all the way down to and through the waist area.
One problem is the huge buttons and even huger buttonholes being spaced wide apart. My client has a real bust and sometimes these designer dresses do not allow for that. It seems as though the dresses are never tried on to see if the front bands gap or lie flat. In the end even adding this much barely adds enough ease but I do the best I can. The lining needed a patch and I also let out all the darts in the lining to give enough ease.
Two other women dropped off dresses this week. One a size 16 David’s bridesmaid dress that should have been a size 6. So taking out the zipper and snugging everything up 4+ inches down to the puffy hem should work. I like doing all the altering through the zipper as it avoids all the side seams and boning etc.
The second dress by Tatyana is also too big…by 6 inches! Six inches says this is certainly NOT your dress!
But the client says she fell in love with it as soon as she saw it online…. yawn….have we heard this before? In the end she will pay me almost as much as she paid for the dress to take in all the seams, remove the zipper, replace the nasty black metal one with an invisible zipper and move those rattail cords over one inch in the center back. The fabric is very thick Bengaline that is woven but acts like a knit so not a lot of fabric breathing hence the open lattice top for heat exchange. The venue for the wedding? Washington, DC in August…whew!
Two more new brides coming in this week so there will be new photos next time and way more problems and alterations.
Meanwhile, in my veggie garden the peas and snap peas have been going nuts! Since our spring/summer has been cooler and wetter than normal they have had the best season ever and not dried out from excessive heat. The green beans have been slow in producing flowers as well as the Japanese eggplants which by now should have been producing lovely slender items just perfect for the barbeque. The fennel have bolted but the turnips are getting bigger by the day.