Nordstrom has this dress:
Isn’t the lace roses hem lovely?
All this mother-of-the-bride wanted was the side seams taken in 1/2 inch and the hem shortened by 1 inch…not too much to ask is it?
After pinning, I thread trace the new side seam lines through the lace and lining layers as they are stitched together as one unit. Same goes for the hem, except we will lose the roses and scalloped edges. The mother is adamant about showing her knees more in this pencil skirt and does not care about the pretty original hem that matches the sleeves.
Let’s look inside …yes, she paid $368 for this Tadashi dress and the lace layer is a tight woven and we also find our old friend…knit lining…why?
The hem edge of the lining is understitched all around and is actually a dress within a dress joined at the side seams. Nothing like having 2 layers of knit lining…why?
Normally, there is an opening used during construction to turn the dress right side out but I can’t find one in all the seams…wait…check out the zipper…could that be the way in?
After snipping the hand stitches…the opening is revealed!
The double layer lining is pulled out through the opening to discover another lining dress within.
Here we have the lining dress and the thread tracings for the hem. The side seams end 2 inches above the hem line and are clipped and flipped.
The side seams show the thread tracings too and they get pinned.
This photo shows that the new hem line for the back lining sections will run into the lace sections at center back…great…that will have to be opened up and moved.
Another little feature is a second underlayer in stiff netting under the lace which is also attached along the seams. Like this dress is not bulky enough inside…yes, toss in some stiff netting layer! All this has to be released before working on the back hem.
Center back seams is resolved and the lace hem and netting is pinned and ready for hand sewing.
The new hem in the lining dress, all the excess will be cut off and pressed toward the back side for understitching.
Finally done with what should have been a 1.5 hour job…I lost track of time after so many steps. Lesson learned? Think twice before tackling a Tadashi!
After a monster project like this I needed a little retail therapy, so I decided to see if I could replace a favorite 40 year old Ultra-temp spatula that had been well used and loved. Good old eBay to the rescue…who knew that I could find such a wonderful replacement?
No matter what your weather or projects, I wish you time to enjoy both this week. Today is 97F degrees in my back yard…who ordered up this heat in late Sept?