Do I ever get simple wedding gowns?
Yes, and they are a delight to work with.
Here is a latte colored 2 layer knit dress with soutache braid embellished English netting that has had about 6 inches of the hem pinned up.
All that had to be done was a hem. You can see the 3 layers of skirts and the vertical panel that holds it all together. Each knit layer was hemmed with the coverstitch machine and the netting layer with soutache braid was done by hand and then all were attached to the panel. It looks a bit weird but this is how the original looked so I try to duplicate it.
Want more simple?
How is this for simple…simply Vegas baby!
The center back zipper had to be taken in and a bustle added and the front slit raised to expose the top of her leg. Imagining dragging the small chiffon train all over Vegas, I just made a small French under bustle button and loop for her to at least be able to walk backwards without stepping on her tail.
You can see how much the zipper is pinned out (1 inch each side), at least this actually brings up the top edge and stops showing the top of her butt cleavage (crack).
All hand thread tracing and hand basting to get all the pleats to stay put and at the correct angle. Lining is basted shut temporarily.
Again, like with most dresses, I do not cut off the excess at the zipper in case she needs it later or sells it to a larger girl. It is all tucked inside along with the lining excess. The zipper had a strip of interfacing, so I moved it over to use it.
Let’s baste the invisible zipper for the second try-on and before machine stitching.
With all these thick pleats coming together, it is a real effort to get the zipper tab up without catching the chiffon so I made small back stitching stitches. The original was done with machine stitching and looked very industrial. There was no hook and eye before, so I added one.
But wait…did you see a glimpse of her $899 shoes? They came in their own padded box. The platform soles are almost 2 inches high and the heels are over 7 inches tall. Here is a Pinterest link.
Did you know that you could even order a blinged-out $400 garter too?
So, while all of these accessories are pretty darn nice, the bride never stops to think…”wait a minute, my dress is chiffon and it will catch on anything rough.” I see rhinestone sandals and bracelets catching on the hem edges and ruffles all the time. So imagining the garter catching on the dress and being worn for most of the evening is a worry. It probably is NOT the one the groom will be tossing into the crowd of reluctant groomsmen!
Fall temps (85 F) bring more fruit with cherry tomatoes that come up every year, a gift from the birds and Autumn Bliss raspberries.
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