Rarely do I get in 2 dresses that could be sisters at the same time for the same date. This year to finish off the 11 month long season I have two that will both be worn on New Year’s Eve but one will be on a sun-kissed beach far away and the other in a local posh hotel.
Each bride has been in for fittings and remarked on the other dress hanging up as to how similar they are. The only difference really is the back…one being more open than the other. Both have back buttons, lovely lace straps and a long tulle train. Both will have similar alterations to make the bust fit (push-up pads) and some tweaking to make the straps fit more snugly.
Beach bride, on the left, needed her zipper tightened from waist to butt, but the upper button section was snug enough.
Hotel bride, on the right, needed the one side of her zipper moved over 1/2 inch from neckline to waist.
Hand basted and ready for try-on:
While both were concerned that anyone would notice the changes in the back, I always reassure than that no one will be looking at your buttons.
The beach bride’s dress was finished a month early and as luck would have it, she called a week before the event to tell me she MAY HAVE lost some weight and now the top buttoned section was a little loose. The remedy for that was to remove her functioning looped buttons over one inch at the top narrowing down to the top of the zipper.
The extra fabric was folded under in case in the future she may want to sell this dress in its original state. The weird thing about this dress was the fact that the bodice lace was lined with nude tulle which is nice over skin but they used the same fabric for the buttons so they look tan on the ivory lace.
Hotel bride was having difficulty filling up her bust section even with larger push-up pads so I grabbed some quilt batting and made some little ovals to pad out the top sections and attach to the top of bust pads.
With the busts tightened, the rest was to get started on the bustles.
Let’s pin all that tulle up off the floor for dancing shall we? Both brides have the satin layer bustled with one point. Beach bride needs only one point for the train while hotel bride has 3 pinned points but will need 5 to get it even all around.
That’s where things changed; beach bride said she would rather just drag her dress along the sand and surf and buy another dress for her reception. This, of course, would upset any seamstress picturing all that scalloped lace and tulle covered in sand and seaweed. But we can’t change their minds.
Hotel bride opts for a 5 point bustle so she can dance all night. The satin layer with one clear button:
Now before I go, I have to share something Mr. Mole sent to me this morning. While we are all sick and tired of seeing stick-insect models walking the catwalk, these women are so gorgeous and sexy and it makes me want to shout, “HOORAY”! https://www.facebook.com/1803181966594175/videos/vb.1803181966594175/1816273735284998/?type=2&theater
Best wishes for all your last minute sewing and holiday celebration planning!