Back in November this bride brought her dress for a consultation.
Another nice Wtoo Britt dress, another dropped waist/tulle skirt that brides are drawn to but don’t take into consideration their shape. Some days the zipper will just not go up, so I pin ribbon to bridge the gap and suggest that a corset back will get it closed and work for the wedding in July.
None of these make her happy so we skip that and agree to make another appointment 7 months later, closer to the date of the wedding.
Eight pounds lighter, we can get the zipper up with some minimal amount of back skin creasing. I am so proud of her!
One thing the weight loss has also done is drop the skirt and lining by almost 2 inches. You can see the original red thread tracing and the finished black thread hem line. The pinked edge shows that I already removed 4 inches all around just to have something easier to turn up.
To reduce the fluff of the skirt, we removed two layers of gathered netted petticoats (I save them to recycle in other dresses) and then I explain to her that bustling that amount of tulle will just add to the bulk of the skirt. Trimming the train off to ground level will give her dress a lighter feel and more dancing moves, so she agrees. Let’s flip the top layers up and work on the lower layers first:So glad I have mannequins who don’t mind standing for hours and having fabric tossed up over their heads!
The former train:
After 2 hours of sitting on the floor and trimming all 4 layers of tulle to just cover the 2 layers of satin and linings, the mother tells me that she wants the entire level of the hem trimmed up shorter by another 1/2 inch.
The finished dress also gets some satin straps to keep everything in place for dancing.
With a month to go, this determined bride will lose a few extra pounds and wear some tight underpants to make the bodice a little smoother. On the dance floor she will be happy to have every bit of tulle off the ground so she can spin and twirl all night.
Just had to share a quote from my favorite daily site gratefulness.org:
WORD FOR THE DAY
Whoever believes in the good in people, draws forth the good in people.
Hope everyone has a super sewing week with very little ripping out!!!!