This dress came delivered and packed in a small pink shoe box. It cost $179 from Lulu’s.
But my real life bride did not like the thick shoulder straps so they will be removed and replaced with ivory nylon rattail cords. She also wanted push up bust pads to look “as sexy as possible”. She also wanted the front leg slit to be higher to expose her whole thigh.
The bodice had some ease (breathing room) in it so the one side seam has to be taken in while leaving the other zipper side alone. Taking in the outer ruched chiffon layers and the 3 sections of lining inside will be tedious. Each of the 3 sections will have to be separated, taken in and then re-attached and the same for the lining pieces.
Here is the new rattail cord strap and the 2 upper sections of lining finished.
When I went to hand sew the middle lining section to the skirt lining, I discovered that it was done so poorly that there was 1/2 inch or more of fabric bunched up/rolled up in the seam. So, I did what any good seamstress would do…first screamed and then steamed the life out of the wrinkled layers and then hand sewed it the correct way…but, of course, this just makes more problems lower down at the hem…I am assuming it will be at least 1/2 inch or more longer than when I marked it before…but it has to be done right and a second fitting and more hem pinning and marking will be worth it to be even.
Here’s a question…why do they use a thick industrial zipper on a delicate chiffon gown? Check out the size of that zipper tab…you could use it to open pop-top soda cans! Who wants that rubbing under your arm all day???
When the bride came for her second fitting and the bust pads were basted in, the weirdest thing showed up…the lining started to creep up and out and flare over the top of the neckline. After she had left, I discovered the problem…like many quickly made factory dresses…if the correct sized lining is not available, another sized (usually bigger) lining piece is just used…and this one was from a size larger as I pinned out and sewed a 1/2 inch tuck vertically and horizontally to make it fit properly before inserting the bust pad again.
I have even seen this factory trick on gowns costing $1000 or more. Now the lining pulls to the inside and the cups will lean into the bust instead of leaning out.
The 2 layers of satin will be machine hemmed and the chiffon top skirt layer also needs to be shortened after all the other alterations are done.
With a Hawaiian wedding no shoes will be worn so she is just about ready to fly to the islands!
Next time a gown worth it’s weight in gold……gold bugle beads and embroidery! Happy successful Spring sewing and Fall sewing to the readers down south…we all look forward to the changes for different reasons!