While I had heard about this organization in the past, I had never worked on a dress that came from their collection.
“Brides for a Cause” is more than a bridal store – it’s a bridal store to raise funds for charity! We are exclusively partnered with Wish Upon A Wedding, a non profit organization dedicated to granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. We are a for-profit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to help raise funds for their mission.”
So let’s have a look at one dress that needed my help to fit. As usual, the bride fell in love with the dress (especially the hundreds of tiny organza blossoms and pearls and did not blink an eye when the dress was not her size. The dress was referred to me from another seamstress in town who said she could not do anything to make this fit and we had only a 3 week window as the bride was leaving and had to be put to the front of the line/queue.
First let’s pin out 4 inches on each side seam(invisible zipper included…right, total of 8 inches to start.
The zipper is in the right side seam and with all the draped pleats I have to stop at the hips or end up re-designing the skirt portion. I explained that taking in that much will make the top of the side seams have a “step-down” effect but the top lace edging may be adjusted to cover that feature/problem. Inside there is a huge bra strap device that is now 8 inches too long so the hook side edging strip is removed and re-positioned over 4 inches. Inside this tube is 4 inch wide elastic covered by knit fabric.
First, I stay stitch the new seam edge.
You can see the dramatic difference ( step down) in the top of the side seam allowances. Both underarm areas looked like this before adjusting the lace edging strip.
Just below the eye section of the lining you can see it has been damaged by many girls trying on the dress and yanking the zipper in a huge effort to get it over their hips…it happens.
After all the alterations have been done, hemming and lots of pleat tacking down and hand sewing, the bride asks for some romantic sleeves so I grab my roll of tulle and position a 22 inch long, 45 inch wide gathered strip in front and back.
The results are just what she envisioned:
Each of the 4 layers were hemmed and every pleat of the top organza was hand tacked about 6 inches above the hem edge to the satin below to keep it in place, The French bustle was held with one button and loop.
The bride is making quite unique footwear for the herself and her bridesmaids for the Hawaiian wedding venue.
Happy sewing, everyone! Welcome to all the new readers!