Yesterday, a mother brought in a tiny size 4 bridesmaid dress for her 13 year old daughter to wear in a family wedding back East. They had ordered the dress from David’s Bridal in NYC and had it sent to the West coast. Of course, we know it did not fit…the zipper could not be zipped up the last 4 inches.
So the mother did what all good mothers do…dropped it off at the local dry cleaners a month ago. She waited and waited. Then she dutifully went back 3 weeks later and found that the seamstress there did not want to touch it to let the side seams out. Then the dress made the rounds of other seamstresses who also refused to touch it. Finally she found me.
“All we need is 3/4 inch somewhere so we can zip it up” said the frazzled mom. I looked inside and sure enough there was some decent seam allowances to let out in the fabric/lace and the lining and the buckram type interfacing with the encased boning. Let’s have a look:
The plan is to let out the top section and middle section down to nothing at the waist. The boning in the side seam will be removed and the buckram edges sewn together to get that 1/2 extra needed. Open the top edge seam, now you can see that the boning was never actually sewn in properly nor were the rough ends ever encased in fabric.
This buckram seam will be 1/4 wide when finished and lie flat.
Separate the buckram and see what we have!!!!
Once stitched and old seams removed they will be sewn back together and attached to the lining with the hang tags. New understitching will be used to keep the lining inside and lying flat. You can see the extra 1/2 inch we gained from that alteration…so with both sides done the girl has a full inch so she can breathe and dance.
So how long did that take? I time myself for labor and it was exactly 1 hour. Why was this dress passed around like a game of hot potato? Was it too much trouble to open seams and re-stitch them? Who knows?
The good thing this week was Mr Mole’s return from 2 weeks in the UK visiting his family. He likes to bring me a token of his love and this time it was this box: Beautiful isn’t it? But what is inside? The most delightful smelling lotion and hand wash is now residing in my sewing room. I’m so glad he visited Wisley Gardens and thought of me.
Time for getting cozy for Northern hemisphere sewers while our Southern hemisphere sisters are looking forward to easy breezy summer wear. No matter what the weather, hug your machine and give it some TLC…open the bobbin case, toss in a drop of oil and brush out all the lint that has been living there…and if you listen very closely, you will hear your machine sigh with delight…replace your used needle and really make her smile.