This year my oldest daughter is renewing her wedding vows and has chosen one of those dresses and added a red petticoat. Without revealing too much, here is what the dress looks like on a model: And here it is on a live person:
Now the request was put to me to make a matching dress for her 8 year old daughter to wear on that day. OK, how hard can that be? Let’s start with a pattern with princess lines: McCalls 6018 should do the trick. Now, all I had to do was visit my local JoAnn’s for some polka dot material and solid black broadcloth, black ribbon and lots of red tulle netting. The dress was lengthened and lined and I added rows of loops in the seams made from rayon rattail cord. The black 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon would fit through those nicely and not slip away.
The ribbon was stitched down at the top and the hems were machine stitched using 2 different colors of thread. The red tulle netting was attached to the lining between the outside skirt and the underskirt for greater poof.
Speaking of invisible zippers, some of you would do anything to avoid using or inserting them. But I have found that over the years most garments come with them and removing and re-inserting them is just my bread and butter so it’s no big deal.
You just get used to digging out the zipper foot and just getting on with it. I just finished 2 skirts which had to have that alteration done and another batch came in last week…included are some with side pockets next to the zipper: Another problem that has shown up is what to do when there is a tear below the back vent? Remember the black skirt with the ribbon waistband last week? Here is the last little bit required to finish it… Problem solved, hole covered and protected with a cute interesting detail that matches the waistband….and how did those weird darts work out? Ta-Da… No one knows but you what was done to snug up that waist, the bottom of the new dart blends into the visual line of the lower dart of the skirt.
The bridal season has really kicked off and I was able to use my new platform/pedestal for pinning up hems this week. Some real nice brides and their mothers so far, well except one that I may share later.
Also got the usual call from a nervous bride who dropped off her dress at another seamstress in the area, not known for her speed or accuracy or delivering gowns on time and high prices…get the picture? The bride wants to gather up her dress which still has the original pins in it and come over for a consult…it has to be so disturbing for girls who put all their trust in one shop only to have them dashed a month later…I say to them “Get on Google maps, and READ THE REVIEWS! Customers leave good and bad remarks for future customers…it is the only way to know what to expect!” A seamstress earns EVERY word of a review…good or bad and when the reviews say “Don’t go here”…they mean it!
Wishing you good weather and some spring-like skies this week!