Normally I don’t have time to squeeze in bridesmaids dresses but a woman called and said that I had helped her with a dress 8 years ago, kept my name and phone number on a scrap of paper in her pocket and well…she made it clear that I actually owed her the favor to now work on a bridesmaid dress for a young girl she knew…did I mention she called at 7 pm and expected to come over …right now?
Here is what the Sorella Vita dress is supposed to look like on a tall mature woman:
But this is what it really looks like on a petite young girl:
Of course, the entire bodice lining is closed and the only way in is here between the boning strips in the lining:
Other things that this dress needs are padded bust cups and hemming of satin and chiffon layers and letting out the side seams which are so tight that the front of the dress is just one huge horizontal pleat across her tummy and hips and thighs.
Here it is on the mannequin as I didn’t feel comfortable snapping a shot of the bulging seams while on the girl:
Letting out the side seams sometimes results in marks where the original seams were. The last couple of dresses I have altered like this have been stitched with very thin, nasty thread like serger thread that shreds as you cut and remove it.
Side seams pressed open
The bodice lining and boning were about 5/8 inch too long so they were shortened:
Trim off excess with pinking shears and make a loop extension for the neck:
So, the lesson learned from this Sorella Vita dress…hmmm…a size 4 is huge on the top and very tight on the bottom and the neck will choke the wearer. There are 5 other girls in this wedding and I am so glad that I am NOT altering this dress again. The bridesmaid said that after paying me for all these changes, she will not have enough money to buy a wedding present for the couple…maybe spending the money to make it even wearable for one day is enough to ask?