Being a seamstress you have to walk the fine line between moms and daughters and some sense of decency. Really? Or do you just throw in the towel and put your hands up and cry “Uncle”/
just give in?
Last week, a 15 yr old high school Sophomore brought in a very short 27 inch long dress that her mother thought might be too short for the Prom. The girl is at least 5’9 so imagine how little 27 inches covers. Looking at the dress I could actually see her underpants in front and her butt cheeks in back, never mind the fact that when she sat down, there was no fabric under her her behind. That said, the girl loved the Trixxi tutu dress and didn’t want anything changed and announced that she would be wearing 4 inch platform heels to the dance making her 6’1 inches tall. Here is what the dress looks like on a model: Her dress differed as the top 2 tulle layers were attached to fishing line so they curled up: The lower edge of the sequined knit top is supposed to sit on the waist but it fit her like an empire top. What I suggested was adding 4 inches to the dress with a real lining and 2 more layers of tulle to total 23 inches. The original lining was made from ivory cotton knit like from a t-shirt. I added an A-shaped lining over the old knit one and 2 layers of tulle 3.5 yards long mini pleated on my machine and all layers hand sewn under the original curled tulle: This would now cover her underpants but a day after picking up the dress the girl had other ideas. She tried on the dress and folded under the new lining to the exact level of the original lining and asked for another 2 additional layers of tulle to be added by hand. The only thing she liked was the white ribbon belt held in place by white thread loops. Here is what we will end up with: Once she wears her high heels you will be able to see everything she owns front and back but she will be happy. The final dress on the dress form:
In contrast with that short ballerina dress, a 17 yr old Senior brought in her dress and it needed lots of hemming. OK, so what’s the big deal, Mrs Mole, get your scissors out and just do it…small problem…the sequins and beads are attached in a horizontal zigzag pattern so they dip down and back up all along the hem edge. This means if you want to cut any off, the entire unstabilized/knotted fishing line that holds them there will release all the beads at once. Great so after hemming the poly lining, the satin and poly underskirt, I had to hand sew every bead on the lower edge before cutting the tulle. Even with anchoring the lowest bead with thread and knots that darn fishing line weaseled it’s way back up the dress and started releasing more beads…Holy Mother! So now we have at least 2 beads secured for every dip down of the zigzag pathway of fishing line. But the girl and her mother have visited me last year with an equally challenging dress and they are very respectful of my time and we have a laugh as she promises to never return with a Prom dress again…of course not, the daughter is graduating…ha ha. Nice dress isn’t it? There was a little surprise inside attached to the lining: All of this raggedy tulle was half pleated/half not and just barely basted to the skirt lining way up at the waist…so nasty, so I removed it for a smoother line.
Both my sewing rooms have filled up with bridal gowns so I have lots of work ahead of me but it all makes for great photos for all of you. Thanks for dropping by and I wish you stress free sewing this week!