Don’t bring anyone to your fitting

Brides need an audience. If they don’t have an entourage like you see on TV shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” where 6-8 reluctant people/hostages recline on couches and wait for the bride to appear with yet another high priced mound of fluffiness …she feels cheated. If the bride buys her dress from a small salon or consignment shop all by herself, she feels cheated out of the whole experience of having her “posse” gasp/fake approval at her in the dress of her dreams and tell her she looks like a real life princess…OK, now back to reality.

In April, I measured a bride so she could order her custom dress in advance of her August wedding. Not a big deal…at that time the body measured: 32.5 bust and 27.5 waist. These were the only measurements she wanted and when the dress arrived from a China factory…the label was printed with those measurements:P1170611

Did you know that a size 0 is a 32 bust, 25 waist and 35 hips? But it was a whole different story when she tried on the dress and announced, “Make it so I cannot possibly breathe.” The scalloped lace hem hung at least 6 inches on the ground but all that she wanted was the bodice to be tight tight tight. I pinned it tight and once the zipper was removed and the measuring tape used…we are looking at 27 inches NOT 32.5. Missing 5 1/2 inchesP1170609

The waist also dropped from 27.5 to 24….where did 3 1/2 inches go??? P1170610Her high pitched baby voice kept saying, “I’m so tiny” over and over while staring in the mirror while her steadfast matron-of-honor/best friend ( a generous size 24 ) was following her barking orders for organizing the day with her cell phone lining up florists and caterers for this little princess. I felt so bad for the overworked friend and wished the tiny princess would stop with the self indulgent comments.

The next bride who thought bringing her teenage daughter to the fitting was equally disturbing. It was like seeing an aging Barbie doll primp and pull and smile brightly in the mirror while stuffing larger and larger push-up bust cups into the bodice to give herself cleavage…any cleavage.

image.phpback The dress was light and airy and included a very huge train of five back lace godets which would all have to be bustled up for the fabulous Hawaiian wedding on the beach. It made no sense to me to put a teenage girl through this performance by her mother like she was a giggly 20 year old virgin. The prospect of a new step-dad entering her world and being part of the whole second time around festivities was not enough to make her look up from her cell phone once during the hour fitting.

To bustle all this frothy wonderfulness and get it up off the sand it will take one bustle point just for the under satin layer

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and 7 buttons and loops for the lace godets with the center 3 all being hooked on a center button:7-bustle-points-lace

Does any of this make sense… fake boobs and a fake tail/train…and sand and sea?

Well, we do the best we can and  long for the 5 pm cocktail time to arrive!

This week I have 5 new brides coming for their first fitting bringing the total so far to 28 with the rest of the year to go. They join the 32 bridesmaids who have waltzed through the sewing room in all their divine chiffoness in the past 21 weeks….but who’s counting?

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17 Responses to Don’t bring anyone to your fitting

  1. sewbussted says:

    Forget cocktail hour, you need a drink just before they arrive!

  2. mrsmole says:

    Before 10 am???? Oh My!

  3. Sandra says:

    As they say, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”

  4. mrsmole says:

    Love your large sized pattern weights on your blog!

  5. Whew…! Brides are a totally different breed – especially these days when they’re comparing their ‘experience’ to the junk on tv. When our daughter made her debut, it was delightful going to the small shops to find a suitable gown and such a special experience for her to be the ‘princess’ (in a good way!) for this passage in her life. Hoping this carries over to her wedding gown shopping :) Why you’d want to drag the entire wedding party to watch her try on dresses is beyond me! Poor things – they are definitely ‘hostages’ :) That mama with her teenage daughter who still wanted the big wedding dress (on the BEACH?!)…good grief. I’d have had to run for the cocktails…!

    You are a special person indeed to be able to handle everything you do without going absolutely nuts :) Hope you’re able to put your feet up and relax at the end of the day!

    • mrsmole says:

      Every day is an opportunity to laugh and relax after 5 pm…and it is such an opportunity to discover what values the mothers instilled or not in their daughters…the values…or not…the respect and courtesy for service providers…or not…

  6. June says:

    Divine chiffoness, LOL. What is with the baby voices?!

    • mrsmole says:

      I don’t know…does it add charm or naivete? Lately older women have been making their voice very babyish too…it seems it it one extreme or the other…balls or baby…

  7. Val says:

    I will never forget seeing a woman destroy a very nice bridal dress in the name of getting “romantic” photos at a beach. I remember the beach was fairly empty and thinking it was an odd day and time. Maybe the wedding had happened some days past — it certainly didn’t happen while I was walking by . . . Maybe the dress was “used” by the time I saw her . . .

    So the photographer is having the couple move back and forth, trying to get just the ‘right’ light and she is paying more attention to him than the surf. Sure enough she steps right into the incoming tide, (barefoot – of course – because, remember this is supposed to be a romantic photo). The dress had a couple layers of tulle or chiffon other ‘floaty’ stuff on top of an undergown and in an instant the bottom 8-12″ was drenched and the ‘floaty’ layers became encrusted with sand. And I thought: you nitwit !! In what world does one pay hundreds, (if not thousands of dollars) for a dress and then subject it to filth?

    • mrsmole says:

      Well Val there is also something that is a fab called “trashing the dress” where brides run through the ocean or forest and destroy the dress. last year a Canadian bride decided to trash her dress in a local river…had her groom video the event and as the water soaked through her dress, it dragged her under and down the river…her body was found days later. So brides can be very stupid.
      Sand and satin do not mix well and sand would just be nasty attached to netting and tulle and chiffon…

  8. Fashionista says:

    Trash the dress?! Oh my lord, what outlandish “tradition” will come forth next?

    Loving your bridal stories, constantly amazed that there are actually people like that in the world. Please tell me you have some lovely customers too………..

  9. prttynpnk says:

    I’m smiling and fondly remembering my sundress and afternoon at the courthouse. Ah, the micro wedding.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Some one recently asked me if I knew a really good bridal dress alteration specialist and I almost said your name until I realized that living on the East Coast would be a little inconvenient! Your adventures always astonish, amaze and make me admire your sewing even more!

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