Does anyone remember the excitement of Homecoming back in high school?
For my non-US readers, it is a time of a big football game and dance to celebrate the start of the Fall season. A queen is chosen/
voted on by students along with princesses and a king to reign at the formal dance. This is what it used to look like way back when:
There are still a few girls who go “whole hog” and dress up and have a floor length gown shortened in front for a more trendy style (see red line for new hem edge)
Then there are those who forget all types of tradition/
want to do their own thing and purchase something like this: Yes, those are her boobs hanging out and the back looks like this: The top of the skirt hangs dangerously low near the top of her butt crack. The company, For the Love of Lemons, creates the sleazy line of clothes meant to be quite seductive and worn in the privacy of one’s own home. Here is the link to more photos of the dress up close. The price tag says $216 and the fabric is rayon knit made in China. The mother of this girl wanted the front to be made more modest…so I tacked the fronts together as far up as they would go before revealing lots of side-boob.
Last week I finished up the alterations on the chiffon wedding gown from Ivy and Aster that I started a few weeks ago. Here are some things that were done to this custom ordered dress. We remember that custom ordered really means nothing in the way of length or width or anything. To start with the chiffon was very uneven and the underskirt was way wider than the lining or chiffon so the bride looked like she had huge hips. There were little thin spaghetti straps that were wrapped all along the front and back and waist to give a Grecian look but the loops were placed under her armpits where they made weird gaps so they were moved further back. This resulted in the front top edge gaping so an additional vertical dart was added on both sides. Inside there was an attached corset which always adds to the problem. All that meant that I could not possibly get the area under the presser foot so it was all stitched by hand inside and out. Thankfully the top ruffle covered the new dart and I was able to slightly gather it to fit back unto the top edge without making it look like grandma altered it.
Taking in the underskirt 12 inches alone at the side seams caused a drop-off in the hem edge of 4 inches so that had to be evened up before hemming. The chiffon edge will be hemmed as well. can you see this custom gown was made about 6 inches too long by the location of the green thread tracing? How can they sell this as custom?
Here we are with the bustle down and before hemming. Here we are with a possible 3 point bustle using the very center back seam to attach all points. Tomorrow is her wedding day and she promises to send me final photos to share.
Next time some real crappy custom clothes made with real crappy customer selected fabric and outrageous alterations on some NYDJ jeans.
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