Simply Beachy

Here is a simple dress from Wtoo that needed the zipper taken in one inch on each side, some hemming and a bustle and some boobs.

Can you see the drag line in the side seam pointing to her butt? By taking in the center back that will be eliminated but the other problem that we have is not something I can fix. The actual bodice length is too short for her body. The side view really reveals this.

The top edge of the bodice sits too low on her, meaning she is longer waisted than the dress. As a result, she will want to pull the top of the dress up while wearing it. This dress would suit a shorter waisted bride as it would give more bust coverage.



The tulle layer will be trimmed in front to ground level along with the lining.

To move the zipper over, the lining is released:





Then the zipper is removed. It it one of those thick industrial ones with double thick teeth and wide tape. Removing the zipper allows me to move it up higher as the bodice back dips in the center and moving to the side…well, you just run out of zipper in a hurry.

Taking in the lining the same amount gets us to the first row of boning so that can be saved.


Once the zipper is basted in and bust pads inserted, the bride thinks that she is revealing too much boobage.  Again, the side view shows more than she wants. The top edge cups well back to her chest but again, you can see how the dress just needs to be higher up on her body.


The zipper is moved back 3/8 inch to give her more ease just at the top and maybe allow the dress to slide up a tiny bit and her skin to drop down into the dress.

The zipper is sewn in my machine and the lining attached by hand:


One thing the bride wanted because she is getting married on the beach was to have the lining bustled up and maybe the tulle layers as well.

But then she decided that she would rather drag the tulle through the sand possibly collecting seaweed and bits of shells.









The wrinkle at the waist is her lining that needed to be pulled down. Thankfully she has enough room in the hips to sit down and the waist sits firmly.


The dress will be rolled up into a ball and stuffed into her carry-on bag and steamed once she gets to her venue…Hawaii.

Kate from has released her first book on fashion this week. Those that follow her blog know the work and determination she has put into it. She packs her book with color and style tips that everyone can enjoy and appreciate:






For those bird lovers last week who admired the Papa quail…well…here’s a real treat…this week Papa quail took his brood of 12 new chicks for a walk in the cul-de-sac. Here are a few of the babies huddled under a bush. They are no bigger than a ping-pong ball.

Happy hot summer sewing this week! Our temps will be 90 degrees and the squash should be really producing!

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18 Responses to Simply Beachy

  1. fabrickated says:

    Love the work you did on that dress Mrs Mole. And what a relief to be making a dress a little smaller for a change. Also so very kind of you to mention my book. Thank you.

  2. Theresa says:

    Oh my what cute baby quail! Cooper went to graze one day on a ride in tall grass and flush a whole brood up into his face. He never flinched!

  3. Susan Hart says:

    Done a bunch of those zippers also and if it’s only 1/4-3/8 of an inch down I added larger white hook and eyes. Did you add the gripper elastic to inside top of bodice? That sometimes manages the cleavage and security of the bride. Lol!
    I also have a bird story.
    Chickadees made a nest in a terra cotta planter mounted on our garage. Small half round shape that I stuck faux flowers in. Perfect hiding for mama bird and chicks.
    Somehow they all hatched and left yesterday and one got in the kitchen between the stove and wall.
    I managed to get it and carried it outside.
    My daughter calls me Snow White now!

  4. mrsmole says:

    Dear Snow White…birds in the kitchen…oh my! We have found that birds in a room also includes lots of poop sprayed in fear too! I did add a large hook and eye at the top of the zipper but nothing to grip the top edge this time. I wished it was a bit higher up but the cups did curve back well enough this time. I think once the breezes blow on the beach, the bride will forget all about yanking on her dress…fingers crossed!

  5. Donnalee says:

    Cute babies, I have to say. I’m so simpleminded that cute baby animals make me forget all else in a post!

  6. Cherie says:

    I always enjoy your work on such special dresses. I’ve made 4 or 5 wedding dresses years ago; in 1973, cutting into then $250/36” wide lace. OMGoodness, I was so brave!
    Your call out on the baby quail and the fab photo was fun; here in NW Phoenix, our back yard adjoining a golf course produces 2-3 coveys of quail chicks every late spring. My shrub cover (all desert-adapted, as I am a Master Gardener) hides those babies. When they come out, though, I am never fast enough to get their photos! And yes, they are so tiny but move so fast! I love your veggie garden very much!

    • mrsmole says:

      Ha ha…I’m picturing a whole family of quail running across the golf course! 36 inch wide fabrics…just recently a lady donated 11 boxes of fabric to our ASG fabric sale and my oh my it was filled with yummy fabrics all 36 inches wide…from the 60’s!

  7. jay says:

    Great work again MrsMole, and so nice that you aren’t having to conjure up extra fabric for once. Those chicks are really cute little balls of fluff.

  8. sdbev says:

    Seems like such a shame to do all that work and then she rolls it up and stuffs it into a bag! You are a saint

    • mrsmole says:

      But on the sensible side…no one is invited to the wedding in the sand…it is cheap and cheerful and not a huge reception and STRESS! No flowers, chairs, centerpieces, food and cake…once she gets home there will be a small reception in the house.

  9. Sue in MN says:

    part of the issue with fitting is that in this athletic-wear, off-the-rack world, women have no idea HOW fitted clothing should look or feel on their bodies. You can go through whole days in a crowd without seeing anyone in proper-length jeans or trousers, or sleeves of the correct length. My brother works for a major insurance company and says he has to send his young employees to a tailor to get their suits fitted.

  10. Kim says:

    I’m also pretty sure that once the wedding gets started she will forget the minor problems with her dress – after all its gorgeous!
    Cute birds too 😍

  11. mrsmole says:

    After 2 glasses of champagne and a sea breeze in her hair…you are right, Kim!

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