Some days you just want to scream! A bride calls to say her dream dress from China has just arrived and it is a little too small.
Here is what it looks like on the model on the website.
The bride said she measured herself and checked her measurements with the size chart on the website and decided that she did not want to order that correct size and chose a smaller size. Here was her chance to actually make a good decision and pick a dress size that might have fit her…she had the power to do it. Does this make sense? It sure did to her when ordering so here is what you get for being pig-headed:
The zipper is 4 inches away from any hope of closing:
The further apart the 2 sides are, the more we will see gaps in the lace neckline. You can already see that in the top right in the photo.
And the armholes are so tight and tiny that they will have to be altered big time! Pins mark the new edge.
You can see I will have to trim away and rebind the front and back armholes just so she can move and this means all the lace overlays will have to be removed and re-attached by hand…lovely.
The back armhole needs more widening.
Once all the curved bits have been thread marked, I cut bias strips of poly organza as binding.
Once the curved edges are bound, I can make loops for a corset back so the dress will be wearable. The other issue is that the lace bodice offers no structure so I slide 1/2 inch wide Rigilene boning up inside the side seams to give some support.
The back neckline is sagging and flaring away from her back so I pin out 4 darts in the lace to make it hug her back. The zipper will remain in the lower part of the opening but is only 2 inches long by now. For some reason she did not want the corset back loops to go the extra 2 inches like normal.
OK, let’s lace this puppy up with my famous blue grosgrain ribbon which will be replaced by ivory satin later. The top gap is still 4 inches and the 4 darts have been pinned. They will be sewn by hand.
You can see the front armholes sit well and the satin bodice will be tacked to the lace along the top edge to keep it from sliding down and making wrinkles just above the waist. All things that should have been done in the factory.
Satin and lining have been hemmed, the 2 top layers of tulle will be cut with scissors and the original separate satin waist sash will be cut into 2 long pieces and joined to make a lacing ribbon to match the dress. Once tied, the tails can be trimmed off and finished with a point to make it easier to thread through the loops.
The Asian pear tree has been prolific this year and the Autumn Bliss raspberries are packed with bees and buds and fruit. The basil will be turned into pesto sauce and the spaghetti squash will be given to some of my neighbors. The strawberry plants have begun producing a second crop as well.
Welcome to all the new readers and if you notice that there is a recurring pattern of too small dresses week after week…it is true, it is an epidemic!