As party season approaches I thought I’d share some hits and misses that my clients have brought in for slight altering.
This is a perfect dress for dancing with your adult son at a military ball.
It just needed the tulle hems shortened and some tweaking on the beaded shoulders.
Next up, dresses with dopey darts needing fixing.
$99…Great price for this dress isn’t it?
It would have been a great price if the dress would have fit but for some reason there was a huge wad of fabric lurking under the bodice dart. I pinned out the excess there and also took in 1 inch down each side seam (total of 4 inches) to the hem. Now some of you may remember the last MOB dress I altered that had the lace layer and knit lining all in one seam…at least this was just one layer but the same deal. Lucky for me that the hem did not need altering.
New darts were basted by hand and checked to make sure they took in enough excess fabric and lining.
With the waist seams all sewn together, I entered through the lining side seams.
The dart in the knit lining matched the lace one.
How about the side seams? If your dress needs 4 inches taken in for the skirt, it makes you wonder if this is really your size doesn’t it?
Here is another dress with weird darts from Spense bought at Ross for $20. It is scuba knit with a knit lining and bust darts that stick out like flags. The client wondered what could be done. I explained that without being able to open up her seams, that if they were serged, they would end at the dart tip with a squared off section.
Once I got inside, you can see the lining dart is certainly made this way and if you follow the threads you can see it makes almost a 90 degree angle. The scuba dart is made with regular stitching but still ends abruptly to make a squared off finish. The pins mark my attempt to round off the ends and make the dress wearable. Last year, I worked on a lacy Australian wedding dress and all the darts were made with a 4 thread serger stitching that gave the same square ends.
Once again, the waist seams were all sewn together so entering through the lining side seams which will be closed by hand stitching seemed slick enough.
Here are both darts hand basted longer and wider. My poor mannequin has a droopy left side but I found her on Craigslist for $25 and rescued her.
Speaking of hand basting, recently an ASG member asked me why I never machine baste and always use hand basting on all the garments. Can you guess? Well, the longest stitch I can get on any of my machines is a 5 length which is pretty but after the final 2.2 or 2.5 length of machine stitching, it would take longer to snip threads and carefully remove that basting thread. Using red serger thread, long hand stitches and a long milliner’s size 10 needle I can whip up basted seams and darts in no time and remove them with one tug from either end.
I’ll end with a few concepts from the internet for men seeking to get a woman. It seems these things are what women are looking for along with my comments:
- Brooding man in a corner…mysterious but could be a stalker
- Older…ego needs boosting and will not enjoy the same era music as you
- Facial hair…mustaches are not magical
- Long distance runner…I had one of those and he never made it home to help out with the kids
- Musical…a man with a set of drums/bagpipes…not a turn-on
- Risk-taker…as long as the life insurance is paid up it is less dangerous handling poisonous snakes and rock climbing
- Deodorant…it seems that women go crazy for nice smelling armpits. I think this should be number ONE along with looking clean but call me crazy!
Don’t let the holiday planning make you frazzled…if someone offers a hand/extra casserole/salad…please tell them Thank You and accept their offer!
So, I want to say thank you to all of you for following along this year and allowing me to share the fun and frustrations of my sewing room.