Once again we have lace embroidered on tulle and delicate straps and the killer lace back:
Wtoo Shelia on a real body:
Pinning up a bustle using all the layers together…not a great idea!
Maybe just start with the straps and leave that crazy bustle till the end.
Here is another alteration, tightening up at the back neckline, with lace, the swirls can be overlapped and hand tucked to be released later if needed.
Before I start, I like to iron all the layers flat to see what needs to be shortened. The first layer needs a 4 inch horizontal tuck all the way around. I do this so I don’t have to mess with the 2 inch wide horsehair braid in the hem also attached to a layer of netting. You can follow along with all these photos below:
Hand basted 4 inch hem:
More wrinkled tulle:
Now we have the maximum lengths for all layers before being trimmed/hemmed.
To shorten the shoulder straps, each side/flap of lace is detached and folded back to reveal the seam. A new seam is taking in by hand to equal 1 inch total on each strap.
New hand basted seam that will not be trimmed. You know by now that I try not to trim off the original seams and save them for the next bride. The raw edges will be turned under and whip stitched flat.
The lace motifs overlapped and pinned:
Thread basted into place and ready for try-on:
Time to kick back a Diet Pepsi and get to it…the big bustle. All the layers are tossed over the mannequin’s head to reveal the satin layer with 3 points. The satin layer will be hemmed in front and not trimmed away as the bride wants to keep her dress for any future daughters.
The 3 point bust for the top layers:
Finally, it is looking almost presentable albeit just needing a little haircut for the dangling bits.
The side seams had to be taken in to give a more mermaid look just above where the bustle starts. At least she could still sit without popping any seams open.
While these alterations and ironing seemed simple enough, I had just 2 days to get it done from Monday night to Thursday morning. The MOB was in a hurry to get the bride in a white wedding dress and legally married before she would grow out of the dress so time was on our side.
When the bride came to pick up her dress, she gave me a lovely thank you card and a nice tip and these roses.
So much to do in the garden this time of year…OH MY…the leaves from neighbor’s trees are clumping everywhere! But Mr Mole has most of his winter veggies and seeds planted so looking forward to that later!
More unusual projects to come…one involving a flag…yes, a flag and patriotic braid!