Another thing David’s Bridal cannot/
will not do is make sweetheart necklines…so it is up to me to make this dream come true for one bride.
Like the rest…here is what we started with:
While it is pretty plain the bride had her vision of a deep sweetheart so here is how we went about it. I pinned a piece of cotton fabric on the front and drew a V in pencil to make sure that this is what she had in mind. She also wanted a lace edging hand stitched to the whole top edge of the dress so you can see part of it. On the inside this is what was done: Center was thread basted along with the accurate legs of the triangle on the lining. Then machine stitching along the lines with that same cotton patch attached to the right side of the front as it will flip to the inside to form a facing. Take a deep breath, say a few Hail Marys, and trim away the facing with pinking sheers. Cut away the beaded bodice with regular scissors. Flip the facing inside. All this will be hand understitched along the top edges to keep it flat before adding bust pads.
How about adding/hand stitching a heavy beaded belt and that lace edging? OK, and a back view too?
What you can’t see above the 5 buttons for the bustle are 2 diagonal seams that run either side of the center back buttons. Each of those seams were taken in 2 inches to cup above and below the butt. This puppy had to be TIGHT! Here is one shot of the back diagonal seams pinned out for a second time:
Also, what you cannot see is that the train had pleats near the hem edge created with thread tacks so that even when the train was down, it was lumpy. No matter how much I encouraged her to let me cut the tacks she refused…until the last day when her mother showed up and said I should cut them and I was so relieved! If she had left them there, even the bustle would have had those lumpy hem edges with 2 inch wide horsehair inside as well.
The fabric in this dress was thick upholstery fabric that had been over beaded and embroidered so any altering or even cutting was a chore/
bitch. You can see by tightening the back it caused front wrinkles even when standing.
Before I go, I wanted to share a view from my chair of the week ahead…9 brides, nine fittings:
Two more organza and tulle concoctions with 7 and 8 foot trains to be bustled up…Lord Have Mercy!