20 Years Waiting

Back in 2008, this gown was ordered by a local salon and there it has hung until now. Imagine how many girls have tried it on and rejected it for one reason or another.

With its full skirt and heavily beaded organza layer and thick satin skirt, it really is not a favorite with modern brides who are opting for loads of tulle and lace.

My bride has been waiting 20 years to wear a wedding dress but in the meantime she has produced 4 lovely daughters who now have their eyes on this dress as a potential dress for themselves when the time is right for their weddings.




After lacing up the corset back we discuss what the bride wants to make her day effortless and fun. She wants the satin train to be removed and shortened in the front. The organza, even though it is very long and touching the floor will remain intact and we try a one-point bustle. While it works OK, I think we may need a 3 point one to get all the fabric up off the floor for dancing. So, let’s get started and shorten that train:




Knowing that she may give the dress to one or all of her daughters later down the line I suggest that I leave a 2 inch hem instead of the original one with 1/2 inch wide horsehair braid. You can see the hem is pinned and ready to be sewn by hand. And no, the bride is not under all that organza…my mannequin likes to stand in for the brides on the weekends when I do flat-out sewing. The mannequin will stand there for days and never complain about being tired.

Like with many ball gowns, wearing an extra petticoat helps hold the skirt out and this bride managed to find a really fluffy one on Craigslist for $10…a real bargain! Combined with push up bust pads the bodice is fitting very well. Here we are with the 3 point bustle points.

You may notice that the modesty panel is in 2 pieces…Lord knows what happened in the 9 years it was hanging waiting to be purchased but the salon owner gave her 2 smaller ones that could be stitched together and attached on one side with stitching and the other with snaps for the most coverage. Once the lacing is done up, no one will know…except you.

The best part is how the organza looks with the train shortened. If only you could see how heavily beaded it is!

As the nights get cooler and frost descends in the valley, the butternut squash plants have withered and revealed this collection. Last year each squash weighed 3 to 5 pounds each, it feels the same this year. I can’t rave enough about how easy this squash is to grow…you plant a seedling, water it, leave it alone and voila’ pest-free luscious produce to make into soups or baked with nutmeg and butter.

Mr. Mole has his winter crop in one of the beds already and soon it will be covered in plastic until the spring:

Successful sewing is my wish for you this week! Two blogs to check out this week are Ruth’s Corecouture for a fabulous jacket and Kate’s Fabrickated and her boot making skills.

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25 Responses to 20 Years Waiting

  1. Elle says:


  2. Sandi Benfield says:

    That is gorgeous! Great job Mrs. Mole👍🏻🤗

  3. Liz says:

    I really like how the organza train looks with the shorter skirt. What a way to accentuate all the detailing.

  4. Cactus says:

    Beautiful dress! But won’t the organza run the risk of snagging without the underskirt to protect it?

    • mrsmole says:

      She is getting married in a church so the organza will be ok and then for the reception and dancing everything will be up and out of the way. Poor gal has waited long enough to celebrate!

  5. upsew says:

    wonderful – the fabric looks so substantial and not the fraying kind…. love butternut squash, my fave way is to roast it, then mix in chick-peas, spring onion chilie and cumin some stock and eat with cous cous….. never actually grew any…..may try in the coming year…..

  6. sewruth says:

    Thanks Mrs Mole for hinting that I had a ‘successful’ sewing week!
    I’m sure that dress is heavy but looks lovely.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!

  8. jay says:

    What a lovely dress this is, luckily it’s found a place in someone’s plans. I didn’t get my butternut squash to grow this year, as I had to go away at a vital time, when it was very dry. I can second the comments about them being easy to grow though. My first try was with some seeds saved from one bought in Sainsbury’s. I planted loads of them, thinking it would be a miracle if any germinated, and was rewarded with way more plants than I had space for. A quick google to discover that the first flowers weren’t the ones which develop fruit, a bit of patience, and then a freezer full.

  9. mrsmole says:

    It is so nice to give them away too…folks love them! My neighbors cradle them like a newborn and tell me they are like gold…I can’t take the credit…Mother Nature does it all.

  10. Kim says:

    What a lovely dress – and great that it’s going to be worn by a lovely bride too 😃

    • mrsmole says:

      She certainly has waited long enough for her special day! she was so sweet and easy to work with and one of the few this season to be married in a real church.

  11. Beautiful, traditional and classy. You really did a great job!

  12. Sara Mayo says:

    I make a butternut squash soup that my daughter says tastes like liquid taquitos! I saute garlic in oil or butter with salt, cayenne pepper and ground cumin. Then I add the squash chunks and saute for a bit, then add boiling water from the kettle and let simmer until squash is tender. Then add a rinsed can of black beans and a bit of tomato paste or tomato sauce or canned tomatoes and puree. One of those special recipes that equals way more than the sum of its parts.

    • mrsmole says:

      Holey Moley…you have me drooling already, Sara! I may have to try that this week and it sounds like it would even be good as leftovers…if there WERE any! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  13. The detailing in that train must be fabulous! This is a beautiful dress.

  14. mrsmole says:

    I wish I would have taken a close up photo!

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