Another seamstress in town sent my next client today. She is a sad and desperate bridesmaid (is there any other kind?) in a wedding on Saturday (today is Tuesday) on the other side of the state.
Guess what? She bought the dress on the internet…and it doesn’t fit. Well, she can get into it but her boyfriend says she cannot wear a dress that makes her look like a hoochie mama.For some reason the top fit but the skirt was pegged so narrow that the girl could not walk never mind sit down or dance. So I opened up the lining to see what we had. The side seams were all at least one inch wide flipped in one direction as to add bulk, so I opened them quickly along with the lining and as the girl stood there with both side seams open and naked thighs exposed we agreed letting out the 2 inches each side and center back would be the only option. In the beginning, on the phone she said she may need to insert panels and buy fabric from JoAnn’s. So happy that it didn’t come to than with the schedule packed already around here. The photos of the newly pinned 1/4 inch seams: click on photos for larger view
So there we have a quick/
reasonably attainable fix along with a skimpy dropped one inch hem. The girl should look a bit more modest for the event. It does make you wonder who could have ever fit into this dress.
And now to the opposite dilemma…restyling a brand new skirt to make it smaller and longer. My regular client bought this wool/silk blend skirt and asked if I could lengthen it. It had a 2 inch hem so I said I could and we could leave the extra fabric without the ruffle and it would highlight the ruffles above by being blank…trying to convince her that it would be OK without doing anything drastic…NO GO.
She wanted the hem one inch lower and a ruffle down across the lower edge. Great…OK, hands up who want to remove a bias cut ruffle and re-attach it below? OH…I guess that’s me waving my hand in the air. She also wants the skirt side seams taken in 2 inches on each side from waist to hem and lining too and remove the vent zipper…a vent zipper? Yes, I guess the designer thought a lower center back vent zipper was a clever idea.
Using a walking foot/even feed foot I work my way through this forest of ruffles re-attaching 7 rows of them…why? Well, when you have to take in side seams and the ruffles are only attached to the skirt and not run into the side seams, you must remove them from the sides and allow them to “grow” towards the center back seam to be tacked down inside. So besides removing the top row of ruffles and attaching it to the lower hem edge, EVERY DAMN one of the remaining 6 rows (times 2 sides) have to be removed and repositioned!
Can you see the red lines of hand basting threads? Click on the photo. OH yes, my friends…let’s just piss away an entire day hand basting straight lines of ruffles without managing to stretch that bias strip! Can you see the perfect rows of stitching and the almost flat side seams? The other side with the new ruffled hem peeking out and more red thread basting lines. You can see the lining above which will also be altered. What a job! BUT if you ever make a skirt and you are a size 0 with very skinny legs and want to jazz it up…cut yourself 1 inch wide bias strips of wool and tack it on until you are nauseous…and stand back for rave reviews…if you are a normal size with real womanly legs and hips…AVOID THIS LOOK!
Next time I hope to have some real crazy photos for you of almost impossible fixes…well they ain’t fixed yet, just waiting for inspiration and perspiration!
Welcome to the many new readers from Bunny at LaSewist blog. You will notice as you read through new and previous posts that my photos are not of pretty finished and polished garments…they are as nasty as they come and outrageous in requests. This blog is direct from my sewing workshop with the names and identities changed, even my own. It might give you a chance to be grateful for you own controlled environment, great fabric stash and collections, your own companionship and a hot cup of coffee. I share my world with you and you can laugh and shake your head and say “is she making this up?”