This dress by Tadashi Shoji comes with a list of descriptions and one of them is this:
Can be shortened; using an experienced bridal tailor is recommended.
You will notice that the model has a perfect figure for this body-hugging creation and is the perfect height. The lace edging is all along the bodice top edges and along the hem. The thin drawstring holds the top to the neckline.
Here is what it looks like on a real bride:
The front neckline is very high and a bit choker-like leaving no room for jewelry. The back neckline is darling with little crystal beads at the end of the ties.
But…the hem…always a little too long for average height brides. The edging will be removed and restitched about 4 inches higher up along with 2 layers of…yes…you got it…KNIT lining with coverstitch finish. So every bit of thread is removed to release the scalloped lace edging.
We are leaving the small train which will be bustled up.
To shorten/drop down the neckline, I fold over more fabric to the inside…about one inch.
Now unto the hem: You can see by the red thread basting, the new hem line for the lace edging. The top red thread line is just holding the excess up and out of the way for the try-on. It will be trimmed away later.
Satin layer and 2 lining layers hand basted and later cover-stitched and trimmed.
Both knit layers are coverstitched:
Here is the dainty one-point bustle with the knit lining layers hanging free. Finally, something relatively simple that does not require the magic wand…it is being recharged anyway!
This year I am recycling an older fountain into a succulent tower:
I’m still plowing my way through all the vintage gowns and fingers crossed, I will have the final photos for you soon!
Happy sewing everyone!