Adding Ease

A stunning dress that fits the model is a joy to see.

The same dress on a real person:

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!

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47 Responses to Adding Ease

  1. Laura Jansen says:

    Ahhhh the birds! Beautiful. Why the heck do brides order dresses too small!!!! Easier to take it in than let it out.

  2. It is a beautiful dress. Did they sew the original model into it? I’m glad she chose one that was on the modest side and very lovely too. You did wonders again, it must have been a joy to see her so happy with it!

  3. Tee says:

    So glad you had enough seam allowance to let it out! I’m thinking about ordering that gown. I want to see how it’s made!!! Happy sewing!

    • mrsmole says:

      Oh Tee, when you are down to the last 1/8 inch in a seam…it is downright scary!

      • Tee says:

        I’m facing this dilemma now. Bride really need to lose about 4 inches even after I let out this gown to the 1/8” seam allowance. I
        can only let out the sides because the lace has bee draped across the front and back no seams at all in the lace. Luckily the has a corset too! Wish me luck!

      • mrsmole says:

        People have no idea how demanding our job is…making miracles day after day with no fabric left in the seams! I wish you good luck and inspiration for this job, Tee!

  4. Sandi says:

    So enjoy your blog…you gave me the courage to alter my wedding gown…sixty years old and wore at our sixtieth wedding anniversary party…let out side seams and added a corset back. I see so many beautiful gowns…I wish brides would realize that what looks good on a six-foot, skinny model does nothing for them. But I give you full credit…you make the gown fit beautifully.

    • mrsmole says:

      So happy for you to be able to wear and enjoy your dress once again! I’m convinced every gown on a model is clamped in the back!!!

      • erniek3 says:

        Every dress is clamped in the back. One of my favorite photos is a side shot from a bridal photo shoot. The effect is like a dinosaur skeleton spine, all spiky. Or perhaps Godzilla (he’s got spine spikes). Being the bridesmaid I got to watch a lot of brides get clothespinned into sample dresses in shops. It never got old.

  5. fabricfan says:

    Great looking dress. Your are so lucky to have such beautiful birds visit your garden. Great photos.

    • mrsmole says:

      The birds only come for food…when the feeders are empty, the back yard is pretty quiet except for the robins pulling worms out of the ground.Thank you.

  6. Nancy Figur says:

    You are not only a magician but also a saint,

  7. ParisGrrl says:

    That link made me do a spittake! In the pink it looks like entrails. May you never have to see this dress in person, and if you do, run!

    • CHERYL DESIGNS says:

      I agree 🙂 I don’t judge my customers as far as their choices but..GEE!!! That just looks, nasty 😦 Maybe it looks better in the REAL WORLD? I vote=not worth the risk 🙂

  8. Donnalee says:

    Good job on the dress–how depressing to be squished right into it and feel unable to move or enjoy.

    I love the bird photos, especially the hummingbird!

    That last link dress looks like an accident with toothpaste. Best wishes to all who wear it–and to those who don’t!

  9. Sandi B says:

    Mrs. Mole you did it again! Very beautiful!

  10. JenL says:

    Nice work, as always, and the quail is so cute.

    That dress in the link though, it looks like a pile of fuzzy intestines–yikes!

  11. Jen says:

    On second thoughts, I think the dress in the link looks a bit like BRAINS! Obviously to be worn at a zombie wedding…

  12. mzteaze says:

    That link looks like the dress is dragging around a pink oversized mop. Lol

  13. fabrickated says:

    I love the commentary on the over the top dress – brains or entrails did come to mind. But the idea of this sort of trimming has inspired me to think about an embellishment that intensifies the colour of tulle, by bunching it up and on the outside of the dress.

    I love looking a wedding dresses as they give designers a chance to do something sensational and to push the boundaries a bit. I wish this was more about the design rather than the constant quest to reveal more flesh in a desire to make the dresses “sexy”. It is interesting at the moment how the most fashionable young women (when they are not in jeans) in London appear to be wearing high necked long sleeved dresses or blouses, and midi-length skirts and dresses.

    Also love the humming bird photo – it cannot be easy to photograph them.

    • mrsmole says:

      Well Kate, have at it…recreate this pile of furry tubes in tulle…oh my…how much tulle is needed? The hummers will actually stand still in mid-air when they are waiting for a friend to zoom away with. High neck and mid length outfits are certainly a change…could it be VB inspiring them with her navy blue wedding outfit?

  14. upsew says:

    amazing shots of those birds – they are so beautiful, and perfect photos too. and well done on the dress- its amazing how a dress will feel when it fits and I am delighted that the bride got the fit she needed. it really is crazy the way brides will pick a dress based on a tall thin model wearing it (I am always convince those models are standing on podiums…..however, that pink dress….no words!

    • mrsmole says:

      Mr. Mole takes great photos with his camera. All I need to do is mention a certain bird posing on a branch or feeder and he can capture the moment so well! Bridal models…do they ever allow them to eat or take a deep breath?

  15. wedreamaloud says:

    Wow amazing dress! Congratulations you are very patient! 🙂

  16. S.D. says:

    Question about your bird friends: When did the quail show up? Last summer we had quail all over the place in our neighborhood, but we haven’t seen a single one so far this year. (From reading your blog, you and I live in roughly the same part of the country, so that’s why I’m asking.)

    • mrsmole says:

      We have lived here 16 years and only just find quail in the area. Sometimes we hear them but not see them. As you know, dad quail takes the lead and shouts back to the rest of them to keep up. Some days they are all marching around the cul-de-sac or perching on the roof.

  17. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says:

    what gorgeous nature photos – I try to catch the hummingbirds but it is so tricky!. thanks for sharing.

    • Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says:

      I mean I try to catch them with a camera -my comment above sounds like I am trying to catch the birds – not a chance 🙂

  18. mrsmole says:

    Some hummers are calmer than others. Thankfully this year we have no resident orange Rufous ones that are bullies and chase all the others away from the feeders. Last winter we had a little hummer that spent much of her time just sitting on the feeder…not drinking, just watching the world go by. I called her “Patience”.

  19. jay says:

    Lovely to see a dress fitting right! You worked the magic again. The birds are a spectacle, that quail looks like he owns the place. I’m stuck for comment on the writhing pink caterpillars, maybe that’s just as well.

  20. Liz says:

    Great work as ever.
    You are probably aware of these things but I saw this on the Ikeahackers site and it answered some practical questions I’ve always had about the practicalities of big meringue dresses

  21. Anne Frances says:

    It is so nice to hear of a bride who thinks her wedding dress will be fun. It looked so good. The Robin pictures really did make me smile and the hummingbird is just a fabulous photo. And the whole garden looks immaculate.

  22. mrsmole says:

    Thank you, Anne…birds and brides…it never gets old…just different!

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