Bride and Baby

What happens when you plan your dream wedding and buy a tight mermaid dress and discover you are pregnant?


This bride went right out and bought herself a more appropriate dress to cover the expanding body.

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OK, you are all thinking that this is a super idea but wait! Does anyone remember being pregnant the first 18 weeks and not gaining weight but the clothes don’t fit quite the same? Well, this bride is experiencing the same feeling with all the weight being distributed to her breasts. And while this dress covers her tummy well, the bodice has no boning or support to contain her ever enlarging heavy boobs. What it needs is some structure and really tightly engineered straps.

The zipper was taken in 1/2 inch each side, short covered boning for the front and taller covered boning for the side seams all inserted by hand.

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All of the back straps were moved and adjusted and re-tacked and the halter neck taken in 2 inches on each side.P1200299

After the first try-on, the bride wanted the waist even tighter by another 1/2 inch and the straps shorter in the back and as the front bodice was wide, could anything be done to narrow it?

Since the cups were spread apart with some center section of tulle, the only place was to remove the binding/strapsΒ  and move them more toward the center. The pin shows the new placement line for the strap/binding. Unfortunately, the inside cups will have to be cut down as well…can you hear me growling?


OK, let’s thread mark the new edges:


Then separate the lace from the cups by cutting tacking threads and remove the binding:


Pin the binding back in place and open the satin cups, remove the second strap and tuck everything inside:


Edge stitch the cups closed and add the strap back inside and tack at 90 degree angle to the first strap:


Take in the zipper one more time and add 2 hook and eyes at the top:P1200370P1200371

The final try-on:P1200402-2P1200403-2

The bride was so happy now that everything was tight and contained with 10 days to go before the Easter wedding.

Happy Spring sewing everyone!


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39 Responses to Bride and Baby

  1. Kate says:

    She does look lovely though. Good job

  2. Bunny says:

    Beautiful! Love your work.

  3. Susie says:

    Lovely work, but I think that she may not like how tight it is in 10 days!

  4. Oh my! That is quite the engineering job! Well done!

  5. Lovely – great job, as usual! What a nice treat to see someone handle her situation in a classy way and not go all Kardashian sleazy πŸ˜‰

  6. Kelly says:

    I usually cannot understand why the brides pick the dresses they do. But this dress is lovely and the bride looks lovely in it. Wonderful work.

  7. You made it work! The boning really helped hold her up. Beautiful!

    • mrsmole says:

      It would be so nice if there were real pregnancy gowns locally available with boning and interfacing to keep all these expanding parts in check. She does feel beautiful and all of her family will be so pleased too.

  8. jay says:

    It looks good, fantastic work (though like Susie I’m remembering how long ten days is in a pregnancy. Fingers crossed)

  9. Kathleen says:

    Pregnant wearing a white dress. Interesting.

    • mrsmole says:

      White is just a formality/uniform…I have had 3rd time brides wearing huge white dresses while their adult children are groomsmen and bridesmaids…I guess you just go with the flow…it is just a color and very few of my brides are not living with their man before the ceremony.

  10. Trish says:

    Your patience is amazing! As the others have said, though, she may find breathing a bit of a challenge in 10 days. It’s fits beautifully so she must have been thrilled. I’m avoiding brides at the moment, as their stress levels do my head in!

    • mrsmole says:

      I think there must be a special switch inside my head to keep me calm every year at the start of the season…facing the reality of another 80 gowns coming in through Dec can wear a person down for sure. Hoping all your clients are nice ones, Trish!

  11. sewruth says:

    Beautiful work. Let’s hope the food cravings don’t start until after the wedding – Mars bars and cheese and onion crisps (yes together) were my favourite.

    • mrsmole says:

      The amazing thing with this girl is that she is 18 weeks and has not gained any weight but it sure is shifting north! You see Mars bars and those crisps are just what you needed to produce a fine young man, Ruth!

  12. Paola says:

    As soon as I saw the photo of the pregnancy wedding dress, and before I read the para under it I thought “there is no way that dress would have supported my pregnant bustline!”. Great job.

  13. mrsmole says:

    I have other pregnant brides this year and I really pity those who have had breast implants and never thought about what happens when a pregnancy comes, never mind nursing.

  14. maryfunt says:

    Beautiful job as always. Wedding gowns do require us to combine sewing with structural engineering. Hopefully she won’t enlarge much more before the big day.

  15. Tia Dia says:

    What a beautiful dress she chose. The back is just lovely. As always, Mrs. Mole, your engineering feats are inspiring!

    • mrsmole says:

      It’s all about torque with those little straps! They were removed and re-tacked and re-positioned to hold everything from the front. It was a nice challenge, Tia!

  16. She looks great Mrs Mole – and like everyone else I am hoping she won’t change too much before the day.

  17. MIchaelC says:

    She looks beautiful in your re-do. Fits so beautifully. I bet you could balance a drink or two on that rack.

  18. Laura says:

    You are remarkable and patient. So many of the things these brides demand you do would have me tossing the bride and the dress out the door.

  19. Karen Lyon says:

    It is a darn good thing the wedding is imminent, otherwise, you would be making last minute adjustments again! God bless her and her baby. I hope everything goes right on the day. You have a good Easter!

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  20. Tina says:

    As always you amaze me! Love seeing your process. Really enlightens others on how intricate these jobs can be.Good job!

  21. erniek3 says:

    I get the white dress (I ended up in midnight blue – NOT BLACK) but the Easter wedding I’m having trouble wrapping my heathen brain around.
    Once again, you astound with your abilities and personal gifts of goodness. Thanks for sharing it all.

  22. Cheryl Designs says:

    The pregnant bride will look lovely πŸ™‚ Sometimes unexpected life events just~happen πŸ™‚ I am reading your previous years posts when I have time πŸ™‚ I LOVE YOU πŸ™‚ I also make a living sewing for others πŸ™‚ It is a job full of ups and downs and laughs and cries πŸ™‚ I don’t drink Dr Pepper but WINE HAS touched my lips…. here and there…. after a VERY LONG DAY πŸ™‚ It is HIGH PROM season now with a dozen weddings on the side πŸ™‚ I LOVE my customers πŸ™‚ THANK YOU for taking your time to post here πŸ™‚ I KNOW how short your ‘free time’ is πŸ™‚ BEST WISHES from CHERYL πŸ™‚

  23. Robin says:

    BRILLIANT work there mrs. mole!
    I always laugh along when reading your blog posts πŸ˜€

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