Remember the dresses last year with hems made with horsehair braid? Well, Wtoo has done it again in Rowena dress.
What is not apparent from just looking at this beautiful skirt is that it is just many layers of circles and offers no great or easy way to bustle them up to be pretty or simple for the bridesmaid to handle. You can see the safety pins buried under all the layers.
Every weekend I cover a mannequin with a dress to discover what is shaping the dress which in most cases are layers and layers of netting which have to be trimmed and tamed before the satin layers are involved. To support and shape all those horsehair braid layers, this dress needs all of this netting.
A small pile of trimmings:
Now for the satin layer and a one-point bustle:
Ending up with 5 points for the tulle bustle, it is starting to look manageable and doable for the bridesmaid.
One last thing the bride wanted was to have the bodice taken in tighter. The pins mark the new zipper edge.
It is a real treat to see that the lining is not covering the zipper tape so moving it over is easier.
Can you see the 5 bustle points under all those layers? There are 5 satin covered buttons but they do blend in nicely.
Final try-on with her veil:
The results are quite something knowing that we are not frost free yet and the more mature plants have a really great jump on the season waiting to be planted out in a cold frame which for now has been keeping the new red onion sets toasty underground.
Determination gets us through our days and work load and this week I read this story of a real gutsy woman who sewed day and night to raise her family.
Happy sewing everyone!