Many brides select daring/baring dresses for their bridesmaids that make them feel uncomfortable. So, frequently I am asked what I can do to cover cleavage and open backs of dresses. If we are shortening the hem there is always extra fabric to come to the rescue. Here are the steps I use for these custom fixes.
The empty spaces have to have a piece of fabric pinned to fill the gap and then a pattern is made:
Cut out the shape with added seam allowances. Fold back the top edge of pattern to have a top seam. Then open flat, and understitch…notice the facing of this piece is the dress lining. Slide the pattern piece up to the top seam, fold under the lower seams allowances and run a basting stitch to mark the lower edge for placement in the neckline. This basting will be removed later.
Here is the back section pinned above the zipper and the front panel in the background hand tacked.
The pinked edges are folded under and hand stitched to the lining. All the guide basting threads will be removed after the panel is stitched on the right side by hand. Before basting is removed and here is a shot of the edge of the back panel and the snaps on one side that hold it in place: Now the bridesmaid feels covered up and she can safely bend down to hug relatives without exposing herself.
Another little trick comes this week from a pair of pants that needed about 4 inches added to the waistband and upper hip area. Since I had no extra fabric to match the waistband I got really lucky when I looked inside and found the zipper guard was the perfect length.
The red dotted line show where the zipper guard used to be and you can see the addition to the waistband. A new buttonhole was added and the old buttonhole was covered. Two front pleats were also let out along with some darts above the back pockets. Even though what this client ends up with is a seam line in her waistband, it gives her the needed 4 inches once the waistband is re-attached.
I hope everyone had a super Easter weekend and once all the candy has been consumed you have a great week sewing up a storm!
Next time I have the prom dress from Hell and the princess who will wear it!!!