No, I’m not talking about the seasonable spawning of fish in our local rivers…this week the salmon relates to bridesmaid dresses…some good some bad.
While most dresses come with boning and all sorts of structure to make them look good for that special event…one showed up this week that had nothing going for it…literally nothing. It is a floor length tube top with elastic at the top, short lapped zipper and a knit lining covered with chiffon and no label. It seems the bride bought a load of these in little junior sizes and expected real women to wear them. How about this for fitting? In order to match the rest of the girls, this bridesmaid did not want a corset back installed so I had to cut fabric off the hem to make panels…you have seen this before:
Pin up chiffon and knit to find 4 inches to play with/harvest.
Open both side seams for the new panels.
Make new panels 4 inches wide and 16 inches long with both layers. Serge the edges.
Zipper installed and first try-on…the back actually closes up! The girl may wear a strapless bra to help control the rolls in the back.
The waist sits on her actual waist but what about those side panels?
Side panels hand basted and pinned at the point…this may work!
Now all that is left is the hemming.
Four other Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dresses came in last weekend along with 6 ladies who filled up my sewing room.
Five sitting down and one on the platform getting pinned up and in. The dresses needed to be take in on the sides as well as hemmed.
The one thing the mother of the bride wanted was for me to close up all the organza panels by hand. I said I would not re-design the dress and said I could close up the very bottom of the back panels 2 inches to cover a few of the bra bands. To hand sew all those chiffon edges together would have removed the whole reason the bride selected them.
She also asked me why the first layer of skirt lining closest to the legs had the seams facing away from the body. I said many gowns are made this way maybe to keep from snagging the seams on shoes with beads and straps. Doesn’t it make sense to have a smoother side inside against the body and shoes, no? Then she said she wanted me to change all of them to be the other way on all the dresses…I declined. There is a second layer of lining facing that way under the chiffon so nothing shows on the right side anyway.
Mr. Mole is always offering little tidbits to enrich my sewing life and recently he shared this link for all my readers who also crochet:
If you need a chuckle please visit this YouTube video and help these women trying to earn money to buy supplies for community charity sewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBaIl4uRTac
Thank you, Everyone and happy sewing!