Stunning isn’t it? Notice how each cord hugs her body and how well the lace lays flat against her butt. This dress is by Willowby and is a real show-stopper.
The challenge is to make all those cords and neckpiece to actually lie flat on my bride. Can you guess she bought 2 sizes too big? In the first photo below you can see how much has to be removed from the lower cording and neckpiece. I felt like a mother cat picking up her kitty by the scruff of the neck! It looks as though all the cords are wrapped around one main cord. We may also have to take in the side seams.
Let’s not forget messing with the zipper too…yes, don’t you get bored seeing me take in back zippers at least 2 inches on every bride?
What about the hem? I was just itching to remove the scalloped edging and raise it up 6.5 inches:
Once the hem and knit lining are shortened a one point bustle will be attached.
After checking out all the wrapped cords on both sides where they attach using a hook and eye, I decided, if it was possible, to open up the side bodice and fish out the neckpiece straps to shorten the whole back structure from the front.
What was needed was to remove 2 1/4 inches in length each side to make the neck sit high and nice.
In the photo below you can see the red basting thread where I went in to pull the strap down inside.
Each strap was pinned separately down the full back to make them tight once the neck was adjusted.
A shot of the hem and zipper in progress:
Every back cord is repositioned, not trimmed, double tacked inside in case the dress is to be sold later.
First, I stitched the zipper along the new line. Then I pinned the new interfacing to the back of that line. The interfacing was hand basted in place before making a second row of stitching as this was a knit lining along with knit lace so everything was stretching!
In the end, we had a happy bride with a dress that hugs her curves just like the model. The last photo still has the basted zipper and safety pinned bustle, but you get the idea.
As some of you may know, we are experiencing forest fires on the whole West Coast and even though the smoke and soot has reached health hazardous levels in our valley, we can’t imagine what life is like for the firefighters who work every day to control the spread. Praying for rain!
Wishing you all a super sewing week!