When you dress in gold, you get noticed.
This week, I got a frantic call from a mother of the bride with a request. It seems she ordered a gold sequined dress for some girls to be hostesses at the tables for her daughter’s wedding and one dress was too big. She told me she would drop off the dress and she wanted it taken in 2 inches in each side seam and 2 inches in the zipper. When I asked that the dress AND the intended girl come so I could pin out the excess fabric, she seemed confused/
annoyed. Yes, Ma’am, I need to see the dress ON the girl before I agree to work on it and, yes, I realize I have 4 days before the wedding.
Here is what we started with:
In the photo on the website link, only in the silver photo can you see the gaping openings. So, after pinning out the center back seam/zipper I realized that this whole zipper will have to be removed, taken in 3 inches, then re-aligned with the new neckline and re-attached after moving up 2 inches. The skirt portion below the zipper will also be taken in to make the skirt hug the body/
Let’s remove the 2 rows of stitching to release the zipper. The lining and sequin layer have been serged together but I am NOT tossing this in MY serger…the edges will be trimmed and tucked under the zipper tape later.
Time to trim off all the excess fabric and sequins. I am using my craft scissors instead of the Ginghers. Trimmed and tucked under and topstitched from the inside. See the lining below the zipper? All closed up and lying flat so no one will know it was altered. After an hour and a half of labor, the girl can perform her duties as table hostess…whatever that title involves?
One more gold dress to share from my East Coast seamstress friend. She had a client bring in this NY designer knit dress to be shortened. It had vertical rows of silver beads attached and nearer the hem the beads stopped and a hem was stitched in the fabric. Here is her description as only Sharon can tell it:
There are 2 layers, both are polyester knit. Both layers need to be shortened 3″. I’ve done the lining, no problem. Normally to shorten the top layer, I measure 3″ from the bottom of each row of beads, secure that bead, then cut the threads releasing the beads below that 3″ mark, then hem. To my horror, I have just discovered these bastards are glued on. Glued on real good! I’ve tried tugging and they are not coming off without damaging the fabric.
Now what do I do?????
I’ve thought about just clean cutting 3″ from the bottom, but afraid the fabric will curl or get a run, like this crap fabric is apt to do.
OK…what DO you do when the beads are super-glued to the fabric? You ask a seamstress friend…you stress over it, you sure don’t just jump in and make a mess of it. If it is at the end of a long day…we hang it up, turn off the lights and face the music in the morning when many things look more doable in the first light of day. My suggestion was to try a hammer to crush each bead so the fabric could be hemmed, Mr Mole suggested using a hair dryer to soften the glue to remove each bead below the safety pin marker, but in the end she did just cut a straight horizontal line at the hem level and the fabric behaved itself and did not curl or run…whew! We see things that most folks only dread and have to find solutions for a quick turnaround. Good Going, Sharon!
Before I leave you, Mr Mole took this photo of 2 of the veggie beds…peppers, tomatoes, chard, onions, beets and lettuce are doing fine. Fruit trees (pear, plum and peach) in the background and cages ready for butternut squash to crawl up inside.
We have been promised 108 degree temps this weekend so watering will really have to be the main concern along with those toasty brides…3 completed last weekend and 3 finished this weekend …halleluiah!