This figure flattering dress didn’t need much altering except hemming and shortening the straps and adding a bustle.
Enchanting by Mon Cheri dress
When a bride sends me a pre-appointment photo like this, I just wonder what else is lurking to be altered.
I am always amused that a bridal salon makes the brides stand on a tiny little foot stool. In all the excitement, she could fall off!
Even with the front view, the stool offers no clue as to what the hem needs. The bride buys it thinking that just as the salesperson says, “The seamstress can fix that”.
Straps are pinned to remove at least 2 inches each side.
A one-point bustle will work here.
Side view shows a nice flat bustle. But wait…what is that hanging below it?
Of course, the lining will have to be hemmed but what about the lining train?
Not my most favorite alterations…cutting off all of the train satin and lining layer.
The front hemming to be done.
Red thread marking the finished lace hem and the rest folded under and basted up for the second fitting.
New white hooks added to the back bodice.
The right side view:
The new hem basted up:
How to tackle the new hem edge…let’s try this. First run a straight machine stitch along the fold.
Then run a tiny narrow zigzag over that straight stitching:
Compared to the original factory hem finish:
Once the excess lace is trimmed away using duck-billed scissors it will look nice.
Continue trimming and press:
Some of you know that I also offer a final service. I use the firm in New York called Wedding Gown Preservation. They have been preserving gowns for over 100 years and stand by their methods with a 100 year guarantee and so far I have never had them call me to say that they could not get out any dirt/leaves/twigs etc. from a gown or veil.
This veil was heavily embossed with silk flowers and pearls and was about 12 feet long.
After the ceremony near a river, the photographer suggested that the couple wander into the stream for more photos. Guess what happened to all those flowers???
As the bride emerged from the water, like Aphrodite, her veil managed to scoop up all the mud and pine needles. Beford I packed it into the box to send off, I thought to take a photo just in case.
The latest finished puzzle…it was one of the better ones with lots of different colors and stripes.
What has Mr. Mole been up to?
Now that we have had our fill of leftover turkey and turkey soup, I wish you much success with your Christmas sewing projects! Thanks for dropping by!