Remember the red dress that had been altered twice and then re-sold as new? Well, it is finished with all the seams let out, new wider straps, new longer belt and added inside boning and new side panels. I’ll take you on a little tour of the steps I made: Here is the shape that was needed to fill in the gap once the zipper was zipped up (hooray!) This is the actual muslin that was used so I drew with a pen on both and then stacked them to make them the same before I cut one in red fabric. There was no exact match at Joann’s in solid satin so I found this little honey that had flocked circles at one end…seemed good enough. Then I cut that shape and tried it:
Way better, lays flat and could have been an original feature…shhhh…only you and I know it isn’t, OK? What else….oh yes, the new straps, they needed to be reinforced so I slid grosgrain ribbon down inside to prevent stretching too:
So maybe you are saying…but what about how long straps twist after you sew a long length….I start in the middle and sew to each end…keeps that from happening. Zigzag across each end and you have very professional straps…well actually better than anything you will find in RTW. The client is happy, the dress fits well, her bust is supported with sturdy straps and side boning and the new belt now fits all around her waist and into the zipper like it was supposed to:
Want to see a real monster? This Alfred Angelo gown came in a week ago and I have been dreading working on it but today it had to have my full attention. This very tiny short girl buys a dress that swamps her and has roses being vomited from a side seam. Now the side draped flounces are not attached to the roses panel or the dress…you can reach right inside to the lining…go figure…the photo does not show this feature:
Hands up, who knows how to gather up/bustle these roses and stuff them where they will enhance the dress/
the sun won’t shine? After making 7 pick-up points I managed to get everything up off the floor for this girl to boogie on her wedding day…everything is just pinned but it is a start!
And like most dresses it is heavy and will be very hot to wear this summer. Another bride who came to try on her dress before the final bustling walked down my hallway and did a turn and said it felt like she was dragging a small child in her train…Lordie, they never think of this when they are on a platform in the bridal salon…oh no…they see the dress from the waist up and leave the rest to the poor seamstress to figure out!
Stay cool everyone, drink fluids and stay in the shade! Next time more bridesmaid nightmares and bizarre bridal gowns…thanks for dropping by!