Holding My Breath

Isn’t this just the most romantic dress ever? It hugs the curves and makes the most of the model.

My bride showed up the first week of February and swore she was going to go to the gym and lose weight before her May wedding.

Great, 3 months of hard work will surely make that dress fit better and all it will need is the hemming and a 3-point lace bustle, 1 point satin bustle and a strip of twill tape to snug up the top of the bodice.  

And now the “after photos”:


All I can say when she announces that she has been working REALLY hard and has lost 8 pounds is “well, the top hugs your bust better now”.

Unfortunately, I cannot let out any seams that would add ease where she needs it. The elastic button loops will be stretched to the max and probably give way during the reception and dancing. Can anyone even sit in this tight of a dress? The saving grace is that she is wearing a very long veil so that will cover up the back for a while.

With 2 weeks to go, I was told that she would really knuckle down and lose more weight as she flew out the door to her waiting limousine filled with all her bridesmaids for a 6 hour wine tour in the valley.

Ahhhh brides…a special flock of birds…and speaking of birds, how about a photo from yesterday of all the gold finches having a meal:










Everything is bursting out and ready to grow!

Mr Mole has been busy building raised beds and planting 50 new asparagus roots although you cannot harvest them for 2 years.




Even the perennial raspberry plants are reaching for the sky! Luckily, this year Mr Mole has put 4 steel poles in the ground so I can control them with twine when they get so heavy with Autumn berries and they droop everywhere!

Wishing you all enough time to finish projects and start new ones. This week in the sewing room, 5 new brides have dropped off their dresses and yes, Kim, there are certainly some howlers and much revealing necklines…OH MY!


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37 Responses to Holding My Breath

  1. Aran says:

    If I had a nickel for every bride who “planned to lose weight,” I’d retire.

    • mrsmole says:

      Me too, Aran!!!!!

    • Alethia says:

      My thoughts exactly! SMH!

      • CHERYL DESIGNS says:

        I also LAUGH when they call me in October telling me they got a GREAT deal on a gown that is TOO TIGHT. BUT…they WILL lose 30 lbs. over the Winter 🙂 #1-Nobody loses weight over the Winter 🙂 #2-I know I need to be prepared to add a corset-back and/or gussets to make the darn thing fit in the Spring 😦 I love my brides 🙂

  2. erniek3 says:

    Well, your gardening has been successful, so someone’s hard work is paying off. And it’s just Spring.

  3. Elle says:

    Those finches are in their glory!

  4. Colleen says:

    I love your humor! They are a special flock of birds! I have had to make and find several extra inches in dresses lately! I think we all have to create a little magic at times! You are a blessing and I needed your blog today!! Thanks!

  5. Jade says:

    Hello! Thank you thank you for this blog. I’m just venturing in the sewing as a business world and one of my first clients was a bride…thankfully this will not be my norm!! I was only confident in altering due to your blog and wealthy of knowledge and delightful humor!

    • mrsmole says:

      Ha ha…it surely is not fun and games all the time…skinny brides, chubby brides and mothers who are not happy with the wedding costs but you have to find the humor somehow. Good luck with your adventures!

  6. jay says:

    Beautiful dress, shame about the delusions! I’m pretty sure that only restricting calories will allow weight loss, and from what I’ve seen a single size reduction, say two inches where it counts, usually means a stone has to go. That’s fourteen carbless weeks. Just sayin….

    • mrsmole says:

      You know it, Jay…going to a gym but eating and drinking as normal just does nothing for the shape unless the shape you want is round…round is a shape right?

  7. Anne Frances says:

    What a truly gorgeous garden – flowers, shrubs and vegetables and birds all flourishing. Let’s hope the bride doesn’t experience too much of a disaster: how you keep your patience I shall never understand, but I do respect!

  8. upsew says:

    I love your garden – so lush – jealous of those asparagus beds, Keep thinking of trying one here, we have a lot of slugs and I didnt know if dressing them with seaweed would help – we live by the sea….. (still crazy people buying a dress saying they will lose the weight…yikes)

  9. ceci says:

    The birds and plants are lovely, the bride not so much. Why put so much pressure on oneself at an already fraught time, I don’t get it.


    • mrsmole says:

      If you bought and ordered the dress last year and thought you would lose weight…it makes it even more sad that it never happened and now you have a very tight dress…no breathing room or dancing ease.

  10. Donnalee says:

    I think that poor bride has NOT lost 8 pounds, and I would go so far as to expect her to gain another four or more before the wedding. What will you do, since it’s obvious she won’t go down a couple of dress sizes? I know someone who wore two pairs of spanx at the same time to try to look slim, but it didn’t end well–apparently they were not obliging when it was time to use the restroom…

    What a great bunch of birdies! Good for you. The garden looks great too.

    • mrsmole says:

      I offered to do a corset back but the answer was NO. So she gets the dress next week and there is nothing else I can do. She is already wearing a tight girdle under it…

      • Donnalee says:

        Huh. Don’t pin your business card to the front, is my advice–I hope it all works out well for all. Maybe seal up the back all buttoned and make a zip or corset array on the side…? Nah, probably not.

  11. maryfunt says:

    She looks more like an over-stuffed sausage than a bride. Why can’t they buy a dress in the right size? They obviously don’t realize how painfully tiny the seam allowances are and no room to expand. Your garden is looking wonderful; welcome spring.

  12. mrsmole says:

    This week more brides have sent me those darling photos of themselves wearing a dress clamped up to 4 inches in the back asking me to give a price…not only have I commented but also refused to tackle such a project…this ain’t your dress honey with 4 inches too much ease. The garden is a delight but much work too!!! I do all the wedding because I am low to the ground and so used to being there from pinning hems all day…ha ha!

  13. susanv777 says:

    Some years ago when I was a bride I was careful to buy a size that fit with minimal alterations except for the hem and a bustle arrangement. My late mother-in-law went with me to help select the dress and she was a couture seamstress in her youth, so she was very helpful (and saved me from a mid-80’s cowgirl look that the saleswoman had me try on—eeek)! I had the final fitting a week before the wedding and then lost about 5 pounds the last week because I just couldn’t eat and we were just really busy. But it looked beautiful. Thank you Mrs. Mole for doing all you can to help all the brides and also to all the other commenters who do the same. Your garden looks great too–I have to do the same with our raspberries!

  14. Kim says:

    Oh lordy. Delusions of discipline 😂.
    I’m very interested in your asparagus bed. We gorge ourselves stupid on asparagus during its very short season. Delicious!

  15. Denise says:

    I think your blog should be required reading for brides!

  16. kathyh says:

    Thank you for the humor. I love your garden. Such great May weather here in the valley.

  17. mrsmole says:

    Humor…the balm for frustration!!!!!

  18. Arted1 says:

    All I can say on this one is AHHHH. LOL, whew.

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