This Enzoani Maya gown fits the model well but not all brides can pull it off without alterations.
Thee main challenge would be getting all of this skirt bustled up for dancing.
The first challenge is making the bodice fit. While normally the circumference of the bodice can be taken in moving the zipper, this one needed all the excess fabric removed as darts in the front.
So I pinned out both sides:
Right side thread basted to mark the new dart. The top decorative lace border will be lifted so the dart can be made and then replaced back down.
Left side thread basted to mark new dart:
The darts will be made between strips of boning. Here you can see the lace motifs flipped up and away.
While the darts will be 2 inches wide at the top down to nothing, the length is 6 inches. OK, now you might be thinking than all of this will not look right…me too. But some dresses just do not let you alter in any other way. Taking this much out of the side seams, I tried pinning them, just did not do the trick, unfortunately.
Right side dart finished with lace motifs flipped back down and hand sewn. Now if you didn’t know that this dress did not start its life with that fitting dart, you would never even notice it.
Left side finished dart
But what you would notice is the support that the darts give to the bust! Taking out 4 inches made those cups perk up!
So, just when one problem is solved, a couple others pop up. Dresses with lace overlay layers have another problem…and for those of you who write to me asking about what to look for when buying a dress…here’s one.
The lace layer is loose and does not perform properly so it makes poofs and lumps and has to be tacked by hand to the lining and lower layers as where the red pins are.
Next problem…are you long or short waisted??? Guess what happens when the bride’s waist or hips are larger than the dress? The skirt, like the nature of water, seeks it’s point of least resistance…the skirt section slides up to make a nice horizontal ridge. At this point, there is nothing to do except to actually make a seam there but the bride wanted a faster cheaper fix to cover it up.
Enter a 1.5 inch wide grosgrain ribbon…the dull finish does not draw too much attention and bridges the gap and lumps and can be hand tacked. This way the next bride , maybe taller, longer waisted can remove the belt and be back to the original.
OK…what’s left? Oh Yeah, the scalloped lace hem…how much too long is it?
Only 4 inches…
Green thread marks where all the lace motif points will be moved to after cutting all the lack border away.
Here are all the points pinned to the higher level before sewing. Did I mention that the front lace hem was over 5 yards (4.5 meters) wide. That translates to lots of hand basting before machine sewing. When brides wonder why I have to charge 3 hours of labor for this section, that’s when the photos do all the explaining.
Once the hem is sewn, the bustles have to be made. When I flip the lace layer up what do I see???
Oh Crap…the entire tulle layer is pleated and machine tacked to the lining/satin layer. Why would any manufacturer/designer do this?
Thankfully I don’t have to shorten this layer…only bustle it up with one point.
Then back to the lace layer and that huge train. Using 7 points the train will clear the floor.
And here we have the finished side view without the ribbon belt
Has anyone seen or worked on this puzzle?
It took me three weeks to complete it and the shapes were so weird.
Here are the last two pieces that fit…no they are not inside pieces, they are straight edges.
The selling point listed the fact that the puzzle had color coding on the backside and came with this diagram of the color placement…see the right-hand 1000 piece one? Looks like there are 6 color sections…now precise, how neat! This feature is supposed to make everything easier!
Once the puzzle was complete, I decided to flip it like a pancake.
Well, talk about SHOCKED! Here we have 12 different color families and polka dots and white junction lines. So much for the gridded diagram!
Wishing you all easy solutions to sewing problems and puzzles!