Buying a wedding dress can be scary especially when faced with a price tag of $1000 plus. But if you are a cagey shopper you can find bargains out there like at Brides for a Cause.
My next bride managed to find this previously-worn beaded lace dress for around $300. It had been altered in the side seams and was very tight but once I looked inside…Eureka, the previous seamstress had left the excess there for us to find!
Too bad the previous bride was taller as the lace hem will have to be taken up like normal…do you all see a pattern here?
Once the border lace is cut off, it is raised up to the red thread 6 inch higher line. Some lace borders have long stitches so you can release the border itself but this one was not like that.
Pin the top of each motif on the new line:
Then at the side seams, allow the border to drop down to join the rest of the train. You can see the huge vertical tuck right now but it will not be there later.
Most times, I trim off the tulle hanging down but this bride wanted me to save as much as I could in case she wanted to hand it down to a daughter in the future. So, I will see if I can tuck all that under and save it just in case the next wearer is tall. The same goes for the satin layer and lining. Normally I make the hems just like the original with horsehair braid and everything trimmed off but this time I serged off everything but 2 inches and folded that under and hand stitched it to the satin.
After the side seams were let out, the zipper went up fine.
The only issue was the lace above the top of the satin bodice had been stretched by the previous bride from hugging folks all day…this happens.
So I have pins where the lace will be lifted and tucked inside and then hand tacked back down. The bride is not wearing the previous velvet belt and may design a new one for herself.
With the 3 bustle buttons and loops in place, she is ready for pick-up.
Two weeks ago, I shared the really lacy 1973 dress and I thought you might like to see the bride’s mother in the original.
We did add a grosgrain belt and 5 point bustle:
One last thing before I get back to the chaos, on Valentine’s Day, Mr. Mole bought me an amaryllis bulb and we have been waiting for the bloom…ta da…it opened on Earth Day 2017…perfect timing don’t you think?
Happy Spring sewing everyone! Thanks for dropping by! More vintage brides have arrived with the original photos…Lordie!