Can one turn a $299 David’s Bridal gown into a $5,400 Monique Lhuillier designer gown with a keyhole back and cap sleeves?
and here is what she wanted:
All the while she kept telling me that she wanted a modest gown.
I was told ALL I had to do was cut off the short train and make sure all the narrow flat lace edging was used to make it look like the designer dress with embroidered lace scallops and drop the top of the zipper down 10 inches to her butt crack and add buttons. Supposedly, this alteration was done for her friend’s and sister’s and it only cost $200.
So can you tell she was setting the limits? It must be that simple, right?
You have the Pinterest photos, you have a dress and voila’ the seamstress can do it for your set price, right?
Well, I said that I could not fit it into my summer August schedule and suggested she seek help elsewhere. If she can find someone who will do all that and make her happy, then I wish her luck!
Meanwhile I have been working on a MOB dress. Here is how I shortened the hem 5 1/2 inches.
First, open a side seam in the lining and fish out the entire hem and lining edge, replace the line of pins with red thread and then chalk a straight line.
The hem drops off dramatically as the MOB wanted to keep the short train.
Next on the outside there were vertical ruffles…don’t we love those, that had to be shortened 8 inches….the MOB suggested I just tack the ruffles up so, looking inside, I managed to use the French seams to do just that. After tacking up about 8 of these seams, the ruffles cleared the floor and she can dance. Sorry I did not get a finished photo but it is the inside that counts isn’t it?
Another dress, this time a bridesmaid one was bought way too big because, “the seamstress can make it fit” story.
Simple alteration, take in side seams in satin and lining 6 inches all around, re-attach bodices to skirt sections. Hem the skirt 4 inches by hand.
To reduce bulk, pink the bodice side seams, serge the skirt side seams and press either open or flip flat depending on the original.
This week besides sewing and sowing in the garden we harvested a lovely fennel bulb that was planted from seed back in Oct in the raised beds and grew over the winter under cover. Sliced up and fried to accompany some Pacific wild salmon makes a tasty dinner!
Wishing all of you a great successful week of sewing…remember to measure you, measure the paper pattern and add ease!
This week, Mary Funt has a great blog where she is starting to create a wedding gown from scratch if you want to see the process: http://cloningcouture.com/2015/05/26/the-wedding-gown-creating-the-understructure/