They call for an appointment late after having their dress for weeks. “Yes”, they tell the bride…”I will get my dress (from internet Hell) altered in plenty of time for your wedding.” Well, the dresses get ordered 6 months in advance from China, all in the wrong sizes and then a week before the wedding, guess who calls to say all she needs is a simple hem?
This week 2 lovelies showed up with the basic chiffon over polyester dresses and one was 4 months pregnant and the other 6 months pregnant .
One dress had enough fabric in the side seams and zipper area to let out to get 2 inches all around and did not need a patch…good thing since we were not shortening the dress so there would have been no matching fabric.
The new side panels were 2 layers of polyester with the chiffon layer over the top. The original 16 inch lapped zipper was replaced with a 20 inch invisible zipper to get more fabric involved to allow the hip area to expand enough. Here the dress was tried on and the top area is to be narrowed to make it tight while allowing the middle to expand.
Here it is pinned narrower and the finished project:
Luckily the chiffon skirt will cover the lower edge and while many of you may think this does not look so wonderful, it does serve the purpose and the dresses will all look the same from the front for the photos and the bridesmaid will be able to breath and dance without ripping open her zipper or side seams. I believe in making these custom patches just what the girl needs and not do fancy things since it is a wear-once dress.
Other “simple hems” needed this week are 3 lace babes…let’s start with how this works. Scalloped lace hems that cannot be shortened at the top have to be cut and re-attached higher up so first I fold out the fabric and measure the amount in total and that is what the distance is for each motif to move up. Here is one that was folded 1.5 inches for a total of 3 in the end:
Then the lace edge will be cut like this one: Then the lace will be overlapped and basted to be tried on later. The top of the new lace edge will be attached using invisible thread on the top and regular polyester in the bobbin…using a zigzag or straight stitch and embroidery foot. But some lace is so thick I would not dare use the machine.
My thumb has been slid under the original lack skirt on the wrong side to show how much I leave behind as a stabilizing technique.
I can’t say thank you enough to the seamstresses who have written to me this week with strange stories about “their” brides and their requests. It makes me realize I am not alone in this crazy world and the constant quotient is the outlandish comments by brides and their mothers…enough to make us want to throw up our hands and shout when they announce they may go and buy a second “back-up” dress when their dream dress does not make them look taller, skinnier and busty enough. Personally, I would add: “And make sure this new one fits!”
As June approaches and those of you settling into a nice Memorial Day of bar-be-ques and outdoor adventures…may all your hems be simple ones….really simple!!!