A stunning dress that fits the model is a joy to see.
The straps were too long so they were shortened (pinned in the photo) and the lace motifs stitched back down.
What the original photos can’t convey are the hips and thighs were so tight that we could hardly get the dress up or down once she stepped into it. I had to let out every single seam in the lace/satin and lining down to 1/8 inch and said a few Hail Marys. Without letting out all the seams, she could not walk or sit down.
Testing out the amount of bustle points and positions so it looks like 3 points for each level. Notice how the lace motifs mirror each other…it is so nice when that happens!
The lining was hemmed with Horsehair braid but the bride did not like the stiffness, so that was removed. I also made a 5 inch horizontal tuck at the top of the skirt lining to shorten all around. Then the satin layer was shortened the same amount.
The tulle layers were all trimmed around 4-5 inches but then each vertical seam in the 3 layers had to be reinforced to prevent opening up.
When the bride walked down my hallway and did a turn to walk back to see herself in the mirror she said, “Wow, I never thought a wedding dress could be so comfortable!” .
Having enough ease all around makes such a difference and makes a bride smile. She was doing twirls to see how all the fabric was up off the ground for dancing and I was so happy to see her working the dress.
Some garden shots this week:
Resident robin taking his afternoon bath.
California Quail male dropping in for a visit.
Summer hummer flying in for a drink.
View from under the weeping cherry tree.
This week a reader, Jen, shared this link:
Hopefully none of us will ever have to work on this dress!
Happy sewing everyone!