Yes, it is only the end of July and 29 nervous brides have wandered in and out of my sewing room hoping that their dresses will send people gasping in the pews on their special day. You have seen the popular brands of wedding gowns but have you ever seen one from a project Runway Season 5 designer who now sells her wares on Etsy?
Who remembers Leanne Marshall? She did show some promise and for a while had her own line online but now she is selling custom-made gowns on Etsy and my client just fell in love with one of her designs. Now you might imagine that such a dress would come in a lovely garment bag, maybe with it’s own signature hanger but you would be wrong. The client came with an old brown paper grocery bag from Trader Joe’s and she whipped this little honey out:
The bodice is completely see through with only the white front sections covering the boobs and my job was to tighten it up be removing the invisible zipper and shortening all the hems. The chiffon was silk and the lining was silk charmeuse. You know that feel is way different from the polyester variety! I first felt it and asked the mother if she knew she had bought a silk dress and she said she didn’t know but she paid $1700 for the dress and it arrived in an envelope.
The zipper was put in so all the tape section was showing, a weird if not badly constructed detail and with no stabilizer or interfacing behind it once removed. I told the mother this zipper was actually attached to AIR and not much else but that I would sew it as tight as I could but a bride with a ripped center back seam would not be happy on her day.
For those of you who want some bustle shots…let’s do it!
Last time I did show a slinky single bustle and this time how about the lace dress overlay with it’s own 3 point French bustle? First, figure out where the top center button attachment will be…not too close to her butt of course and then the 2 side sections which will have their own buttons and loops. All this is done blind be picking a point and tucking it up under the back of the dress and pinning it there to check for length. Once happy with the look, I turn the dress inside out and even up the locations, run a strip of 1/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon down the center back seam for strength and take a photo for you.
The loops have small pieces of the ribbon wedged under them for stability as do the 2 side buttons, after all we are sewing on air most of the time. Now this lace was a bitch to work with as it is metallic…it has no drape and is rough to touch and has threads sticking out everywhere.
Once done, the bustle looks like this although this photo has the colored safety pins still attached.
So many sewing bloggers have been writing about being too hot to sew or blog and just taking it easy this summer. It sounds so idyllic to relax with a good book and a cool drink. I have 5 more brides to finish before Labor Day and then the late-summer-into-Fall bridal season starts. Two of my brides have to be temple-ready, meaning everything covered up and very modest, so that is a challenge to keep things light as well and with our temps still at 99-105 and no relief in sight…they will need some cool breezes and/or powerful air conditioning to keep them from sweating through all those added layers.
Before I leave you, here is what the garden is producing despite the oppressive heat:
Have a super week everyone, stay cool!