A Favorite Bride

Once in a while you get a bride who is polite and on time for appointments and it makes such a difference to how you feel…well, it makes a helluva difference to me anyway. Then, when the day comes for her to pay you and leave with the dress you have to say how sad you are to see her go.


The issues with this dress were the usual…tight hips, too long scalloped lace hem, too loose bodice and this time…a floppy flower on a belt.

The right side seam was let out to delete the drag lines from waist to the pin.





The lace motifs were cut away and re-attached 2 inches higher up and machine stitched.

The lace border is hand basted and tried on the mannequin:

Like with most lace dresses, the satin layers are much shorter and heavier so they get their own bustle point with a clear button. The satin layer and lining were sewn together with horsehair in between so that was shortened 2 inches as well.

                               The lace layer bustle point:





When I take in the zipper area over 1.5 inches, an extra hook and eye is added at the top to compensate for the higher position of the neckline:

Normally, I steam press the veils for free and this one had lots of shiny sections which I realized was glue…like from a glue gun so I made sure not to get the iron too close to the flowers!

The finished project…all the petals of the silk flowers are tacked to the dress and the bustle is up and we have the wedding this Saturday.


After our very cold winter and the veggies growing under a plastic cover, we have removed that to reveal rows of beets, spinach, rainbow chard and lettuce.

One afternoon I dug up all of the 18 autumn fruiting raspberries and trimmed them and re-planted them in 2 other beds.

Mr. Mole planted fennel plants and sweet onion sets as well. He has many other baby plants growing under a grow-light indoors for later planting.

The Red poppy plants are looking really good and the hellebores and  hyacinths are poking their heads up too. The little blue and pink flowers are lung wort or pulmonaria.

The best new thing in the garden is our new concrete fountain…it just arrived and will have to have 2-3 coats of sealant sprayed on it before running. The birds will love it for bathing and drinking and there is nothing as calming as trickling water…add a comfy patio chair and drink of your choice…ahhh…the chaos of the day will melt away…well, that’s the plan for now!

Happy Sewing everyone!

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27 Responses to A Favorite Bride

  1. Sandi says:

    I love you new water fountain! I am so happy that you had a wonderful sweet bride to work for this time. It really can make all the difference and the gown is beautiful! Good job!!

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you, Sandi…yoiu know the volume I get and it is sure a bonus when I get a nice one! Can’t wait to get the fountain running to see all the birds splashing!

  2. Birdmommy says:

    I am so envious of your garden… it’s snowing here, and the ground probably won’t be soft enough to work until the end of May!

    • mrsmole says:

      Thankfully our soil in the raised beds is soft enough to use right now but most folks here plant on Memorial day the end of May. We just like to start early! The last date of frost can be in May so if any snow comes in the next month, we will have to cover everything!

  3. jay says:

    Love the fountain! The dress looks perfect too.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Wow! Your vegetable garden is amazing and I love your devotion to it plus the new fountain. Glad you enjoyed this bride. It’s nice to hear a good story about a bride every now and then!

    • mrsmole says:

      Lord knows I need a good one from time to time! Come summer I will be on the soup making train in the kitchen and buying more plastic containers to store in the freezer.

  5. Donna says:

    I always say “You are amazing”.

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you, Donna, I just try to keep up with the requests and volume…one day i will retire and start to really enjoy my time in the sewing room!!!!

  6. Now that’s a beautiful dress and as usual your changes are perfect and invisible! Nice to see the sun and the gardens growing again. Our flowers should be coming up soon too! Your fountain is very cute with its little bear!

  7. Elle says:

    A courteous bride, a garden waking up–it must be spring! And none too soon….

  8. maryfunt says:

    What a lovely flattering gown with just the right amount of baroness. Every once in awhile you get a gem of a bride. The fountain is adorable.

  9. I really like that dress, it flows and doesn’t make the girl look like she’s a stuffed sausage like a lot of other gowns.

    That fountain is too cute! I got dizzy smelling jasmine bushes the other day, it felt like spring is finally here.

    • mrsmole says:

      OMG…is there anything more intoxicating than jasmine…well, gardenias come close. Sausage…did you say sausage…surely you meant Jessica Rabbit, honey…I don’t do sausages here…ha ha!

  10. fabrickated says:

    A nice bride with such a lovely figure. She looks very sweet in the altered dress. And your garden is about to burst open. Good times.

    • mrsmole says:

      Today my plan was to fertilize everything above ground and some below ground as well…I grabbed all the bags of feed and spread that stuff on all the growing plants and shrubs and then just as I was going back into the house, the rains came down to water it in…so perfect!!! I have more trim brides but they surely want to show off more than this last one…and when they use the phrase, “make me as sexy as humanly possible”…you know you are in trouble! Stay tuned, Kate!

  11. Chris Hanner says:

    Wow, and no tattoos to blur out of the pics!

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you for mentioning body artwork…yes, we have not seen any this season…but maybe some will show up later for the summer time…finger’s crossed!!!!

  12. It’s lovely to see some of your garden! 🙂

  13. mimijackson says:

    Beautiful work! Dress looks just perfect!

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