Is there anything nicer than a prom or bridesmaid dress covered in jewels and sequins? This week has been a bonanza for those here in the sewing room so I want to share some of the lovelies with you. Let’s go in order of arrival:
There are 4 of these bridesmaids dresses from Simply Dresses to hem with chiffon and satin and lining…guess how many inches around? 432 …yes, 12 yards and each layer had to be pinned and stitched and pressed times 3.
But it will be a prom dress too and it has many, many layers to shorten by 3 inches…lining, satin, and about 7 layers of netting and tulle. The girl would like the top tightened up as well so the invisible zipper will be removed and snugged up and re-attached and sequins added back on.
And last of all…an internet purchase for another high school prom. This dress had no side seams like the previous one and needed snugging up in the waist area below the upper corset detail. Here is the back with lines drawn where it should be taken in:
See the mess of tulle all lumped at the bottom of the zipper? It was actually sewn into the lower edge and was so nasty that I undid all the layers, undid the stitching and then it could lay flat away from the re-attached lapped zipper.
Of course, we have to remove at least an inch of beads and sequins to move the zipper over. I anchored the beads that were going to be the new edge before detaching the extra ones. The zipper placement turned out nice and then I thought you would like to see the inside. I try to save as much of the original fabric in case the girl sells the dress to someone else and she can have it restored to the original size if necessary.
When you fold under at least one inch of fabric something has to give and normally it is the bodice seam, it is opened up a little and allowed to lay flay and hand stitched down. Hook and eye are added at the top edge and we are done. Here is a photo of what the girl thought she would be getting from QualityBridals :
And in the middle of all the brides that came and dropped off their dresses last week in the last post, and the bridesmaids here that have been done and dusted and ready to be picked up, some older lady showed up with a crappy homemade fleece jacket she made for a relative. She said her high-end sewing machine would not make buttonholes so I had to do them for her…Really?
Do I have a sign outside my house that says, “I do all the stuff you don’t want to do”? So I tell her she can do this at home by wrapping washaway stabilizer over the front and back of the buttonhole area and just stitching but she want to leave me this nasty slippery stretchy cheap JoAnn’s fabric project for 5 buttonholes. Then she needs a firm price…Oh Lord….I tell her $8 just to get rid of her and she says she can wait while I do them…What?
Is there also a sign outside that says “Instant results”? I tell her later that day or early the next day would work better for me and she leaves the buttons and thread. I make the buttonholes, they are not easy, I swear a little, OK, I swear with each one and then I think, oh, what the Hell, I will sew on the buttons while I wait for her and add tiny plastic backer buttons since the first time the jacket is worn the buttons will pull through and make holes and come away from the fleece as she has used the thinnest nastiest interfacing on the market…like tissue paper. She arrives and says she is happy I sewed the buttons and hands me $10 and says she definitely wants her $2 in change…Really? Sewing on 5 buttons with backer buttons doesn’t warrant a $2 tip? Then she says she will be back the next time she needs help with troublesome fabric and buttonholes….ahhh…I will certainly be tooo busy!
Hope everyone had a super Easter no matter what the weather!