This thick satin beauty of a gown showed up and really didn’t need too much done to it like other wedding dresses. The bride must have tried on dozens of dresses from every salon in our valley and also in the Bay area.
She loved all the buttons down the back and just needed a tuck in the bust and an extra petticoat. A dart was pinned out which would later be taken in at the side seam and as I have a second sewing room where I store all the petticoats I remove from other dresses, I can just grab one and baste it in to see if it works…hooray…it did! We were able to get the hem off the ground with no altering.
Once inside the dress, the side boning had to be removed to take in an inch on each side and then the boning was re-attached by machine. You can see that I did not trim away the fabric…saving it for the next seamstress.
As there were 2 layers of thick satin and one layer of lining, I ended up having to trim one layer or all that bulk would be in the underarm area and not lay flat.
I like using pinking shears.
Now the side seams are flat and the hang ribbons replaced.
Inside the dress, the bride wanted me to sew in her strapless bra for support.
Bustled up and steamed, the bride can make a dramatic entrance:
One site I want to share with all of you is something I found on YouTube: www.bridalsewingtechniques.com where she shows so many of the things we have to deal with everyday. While I don’t agree with every technique as there are many shortcuts, the overall collection of videos are clear and done well and can certainly help anyone dealing with altering a wedding gown.
Today, our temps are reaching 100 degrees but as long as the plants get watered, they are happy. Lots of tomatoes to come and lettuce and eggplants. The sunflowers are reaching for the sky and if I keep on top of the blueberries I can harvest some before the robins fly in for a raid.
Our two fountains, the frog and the new grey urn are usually full of all the birds drinking and bathing. The privacy lattice panels have been installed and soon will have flowers growing up them. Just a few photos for you.
Our backyard has a lower level that we call “the Dell” where we can dine in the shade.
We can sit in the late afternoon and watch birds fly in for drinks in the urn fountain and hummingbirds can sip from all the flowers or the red feeder.
The East side of the house with lettuce and tomatoes.
Yes, that is an orange on top of the pole…sometimes we get orioles!
Wishing you all a super week of what you have planned…sunbathing or sewing! Thanks for dropping by!