You bought your dream wedding dress at a high end salon on the other side of the state, the salon assured you that the alterations would be perfect…so you left the dress with them. A week before the wedding, you picked up the dress and paid for it but they told you that you should not try it on because …WHY?…they have steamed it. (FIRST MISTAKE!)
You get home 5 hours later and try it on and realize that there is only one bustle point and the rest of the dress is dragging on the ground (like basset hound dog ears) and there are weird “wings” of fabric protruding from your hips. (SECOND MISTAKE! ) What now? The wedding is 4 days away! You ask your friend who is a hairdresser who just happens to live across the street from Mrs. Mole for a favor. I accepted the 4 day challenge because I wanted to see inside the dress and make the 2 additional points on the bustle (see safety pins). Like many brides with their heads in the clouds, they try on a size 14 dress and need it to be a 8 or 10…no problem the salon says…”our back room seamstress can handle it”. Someone pins out the seams, and someone stitches them up…not necessarily the same person…and how can you tell?
No matter where I looked there were chewed off bits and where the pencil line stopped, so did the stitching…guess the sewer did not know that she was supposed to trail off to nothing below the last pencil mark. Was this dress marked and then bagged up and dropped off at someone’s house for the sewing part? It is anyone’s guess/
Beads have to be removed when they fall unto the seamline but not all seamstresses do this. Once all the new seams were sewn, EVERY seam allowance was trimmed and pressed flat and the dress was perfect and on time. I didn’t have the heart to ask what they were charged for this half-ass alteration job but there is no way the bride would have gone down the aisle looking so bad. She wrote a glowing review online for me and sent a thank you note too…it means so much to be appreciated!
Before I go, I want to share a new addition to my sewing family…drum roll please…instead of me droning on and on about my new machine, please click on this link for another seamstresses photos and reviews of the Juki 2010Q. Yes, it is targeted for quilters but it has a vertical bobbin case that I dearly wanted/needed and such a huge clearance for thick gowns and netting.My Elna has a new place to stay! A couple months ago I saw an ad for a 1930’s sewing cabinet on Craigslist. It was $30 but needed a patch of wood and some TLC as in sanding and staining and varnish to make it new again. My neighbor who built my platform added the patch and cut the chewed up legs off by 2 inches to match my counter top height.
What more does a girl want or need?
Have a super week of sewing everyone! And if you want your latest wadder featured on the SEW BAD Saturday, just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org