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.
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 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!