For some reason I seem to get loads of West coast bridesmaids and guests heading to East coast weddings this time of year. Last week we had the little bridesmaid with a too tight top and this week, the reverse.
Here we have a perfectly normal dress that comes in regular and petite sizes through Nordstrom and other stores. You can order your size and even return it no problem.
In the tiny, tiny photo the dress shows that the shoulder seams are rounded/curved and are meant to sit on the very outer edge and act as a small cap sleeve. My client bought this dress a size too small and not petite even though she needed it…go figure.
To start with she tries it on and the zipper barely gets up and the whole hip area is sliding at a rapid pace upwards towards her waist. I grab the side seams and yank them down but it is determined to crawl upwards for the life of the garment. She say, “why does it do that” and my answer is, “fabric seeks its own level, the hips need more space so they have to migrate up the waist to relax and stop, I guess you will be sliding your dress down all day.” She tells me that the wedding is at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC to impress me. OK
Then, I do what I always do for front wrap dresses…pin the wrap shut and offer to hand tack it inside to keep the sides flat and not (as Anne says) not let the “bunnies out of the hutch”. She looks down at the 2 pins and says she is NOT going for that and she wants the cleavage to show as much as possible. OK. She says that when she sits down the wrap REALLY opens up and she is OK with that too. At this point I am thinking that instead of looking like she is a posh guest she make look more like a girl off the streets looking for work.
Then she grabs the shoulder seams and pulls them way up saying, “this is all it needs and I want them to stay on my shoulders and not slide down”. I notice/point out that the seams are definitely curved and meant to cup the top outer edge of her shoulder but she is not having any of that either. I tell her I will make bra strap guards for her. So then the shoulders are pinned and everything is discussed and I say the job will take 1.5 hours and quote her my normal price for regular clothes, not bridal. She steps back and say, “well that is a bit extravagant but I guess it may be worth it.” In my mind, I am thinking, well Honey, there is the door and I am sure you can find someone who might do it cheaper, but I smile and ask when does she want this little frock.
“I will pick it up in 7 days” is her answer and as she walks down the front pathway, she turns to say, “And make sure that I can gain weight after this alteration and have it un-done”. So in other words….don’t cut off any fabric. OK, I can stuff all that sequined shit into that seam and leave it lumpy…you get exactly what you ask for here. If you want to see what was done to this dress the photos are here:
Thread baste the new stitching/seam lines 1.25 inches apart:
Open seam and pin sequined fabric, not lining:
make sure the curved seam is going to be sewn straight:
Open original seam and hold flat, flatten lace edges to opposite seam allowances:
Fold edges under, pin and hand sew:
Hand stitch all edges closed and re-attach the rubber strip. Add the bra guard and a snap at the neck edge.
Before I go, I want to share another little annoying trait of bridal clients. One new bride had an appointment at 10 today so she called at 9:30 to tell me she decided to stay home and address all her invitations instead and would turn up around 2 pm. “Besides”, she says,”I don’t even have any underwear to bring with me so I have to buy that as well before I see you.” The wedding is in 3 weeks and last week when she called to make the appointment she announced,”I will be bringing all my children to the appointment and I want it on a Saturday”. I responded, there are no Saturday appointments and I do not accept children. I see a red flag….
These days of Fall we have had to bring our citrus trees into the garage for the winter until May. But the bonus is…the smell of lemon and lime blossoms!
Happy sewing everyone!