Summer Shiny Flowers

Hands up, who likes metallic flowers? Wtoo added lots of metallic flowers to this dress.

Can I sew through thick flowers and beads? Probably but who wants all that in the seams?

Like so many other brides, she needed the zipper taken in 1 inch on each side and also something done in the lower bodice to fit back with the narrowed skirt.

The straps were too long as well by 2 inches and the hems needed shortening and a 3 point bustle of tulle and one point bustle of satin.

Besides that, I had to add bust cups and take in the hips 2 inches as well but first had to remove ALL the metallic flowers at the side seams, straps and replace them once I was done. Add in the linings too and you have quite a lot of labor.

Where to start? How about the top…straps. The straps were delicate and just netting so I layered the metallic flowers for stability and kept the larger seam allowance flipped to the back.


How about removing all the flowers, one stitch at a time, and beads that would be trapped in the new seams?

Taking in the side seams and linings:


New zipper seams red thread marked….remove all flowers:

Flowers removed:

Release lining:

Reveal netted bodice attachment to be narrowed by 1 inch:

Bodice released from skirt:

Release zipper and move over 1 inch each side…re-attach:


All zippered up and hook and eye added:




How did I narrow the bodice near the loops and buttons? Well, the flowers can hide lots of solutions so I made 2 darts and hand stitched them down. On the outside, you can’t even tell.

Have a peek at the inside:

All that is left is the 3 point tulle bustle over a 1 point satin bustle and trimming the front tulle after hemming the lining and satin layers.

Ready to be picked up and worn down the aisle! I love the back view!


This week our first seed potatoes were ready for harvest and Mr. Mole dug these up for a scalloped potato side dish along with my first red onion. Of course if there are any small squash available, they will all be sliced very thin and added to the baking dish.

This morning I am headed for a rally in my town in support of the families separated at the Texas border and held in cages. There are 700 of these events scheduled today in the nation to make known our concern for 2000+ children and babies alone away from their parents for an indefinite time.

Keep cool my friends!

Update: The rally was great, good speakers and music and so many signs made by hand to support families torn apart. We were asked to wear white to promote peace so I added a hat with buttons given to me by friends and joined 500 other folks in 90 degree heat to take a stand.

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33 Responses to Summer Shiny Flowers

  1. Laura Jansen says:

    Holy S……. you get the message. You always amaze me. 1) you are mind blowingly talented and 2) I hope all these folks appreciate the magic you do.

    • mrsmole says:

      Yes, they do appreciate what I do in fact one bride and her mother have nicknamed me the “Voodoo Princess”…I like that! Thanks, Laura!

  2. Tia Dia says:

    I love this dress from the back, too! Gorgeous! And a very involved alteration removing all those flowers. Ugh! Good luck at the rally. I’m so glad people are making a stand against such cruel politics.

    • mrsmole says:

      Being with 500 other like-minded compassionate folks did give me a lift even though it was 90 degrees. Hope I don’t have another dress like this the rest of the season!

  3. Jessica says:

    You are amazing and so patient. How many hours did you work on this dress?

    • mrsmole says:

      About 7 hours, as I had to sew some of the flowers back unto the dress and it was not that easy on that top layer of tulle. The bride did her final walk down my hallway and then turned to walk back watching herself in the mirror and twirling like a toddler…so happy to do spins without the dress touching the floor. Thank you, Jessica.

  4. mhdwileski says:

    I’m impressed, as always, with your patience and skill in the bridal department, but honestly, I am so much more moved by your commitment to the very real crisis happening at the border now. Kudos to you for taking the time to support the “Keep Families Together” movement. We did it here way over in the northeast – even though it was 98 degrees today. A seriously important issue, for sure.

    • mrsmole says:

      WOW…98 degrees…now that is dedication for sure! Hope there was some shade to stand under and lots of water! I just keep thinking about the children stolen during the night in Texas and flown to NY and Michigan so far away from anyone that they are related to…who can think that this is OK?

  5. ceci says:

    Thank you for your efforts on behalf of human decency – so important!

    And the dress is lovely – I am amazed that all that happened in just 7 hours.


    • mrsmole says:

      Well 7 hours of sewing anyway…probably more thinking time involved but I don’t get paid for that! I was honored that my little town was chosen to host this event!

  6. Jen (NY) says:

    Beautiful dress and nice work. I am heartened to see people taking a stand about what is going on these days. Thanks for doing your part, and in the heat too!

  7. Elle says:

    Lovely dress–and a beautiful fit once you worked your (voodoo) magic. A person who twirls in her dress is pretty happy with her dress! And can’t help but make others smile. I’m glad to see the outpouring against the unconscionable separation of children from their parents.

    • mrsmole says:

      The feeling of hopelessness and injustice is so strong it can absolutely overwhelm you and going out for this event just makes it more bearable until someone with balls does what is right, although no one in Washington seems to have any except the few women in the Congress.

      • Elle says:

        I read something the other days that sticks with me: “if you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” It promises to be a long haul….

  8. Terry Williams says:

    You are an amazing seamstress and woman. I admire you! Thank you for standing up and strong for families and mothers!

    • mrsmole says:

      One of the ladies who sat near me today said…”compassion, you have to have it if you have ever been a parent or a child” which pretty much included all of us.

      • pdxknitter says:

        Oh my. I haven’t got any kids and I know that isn’t any way to treat anyone, ever, let alone little children. Good heavens, I wouldn’t do that to a puppy. I am simply amazed that people who DO have children and yet support That Horrible Man are unable to see their own kids or grandkids in those terrified little crying faces. They must truly have a stone instead of a heart.

        On a more bridal note, that dress really is pretty. 🙂

  9. erniek3 says:

    Happy twirling bride; that’s a sweet image to share.

    My contribution to the local demonstration was to do things to make it possible for other people to go (my marching days are over). Thank you for raising your voice as well.

    • mrsmole says:

      That’s the good thing about a rally…you find a bench and stick your butt to it right away. No walking, just watching others walk by with cool signs and talking to the odd person who showed up on the other end of the bench. Normally Nancy, my sewing model and good friend, do these things but she was sick today but with me in spirit. I told her that it was too hot a day to wear our pussy hats again!

  10. Kim says:

    You can always see when you got it right from the way the wearer behaves. Twirling is a very good sign 😉.
    Well done for standing up to be counted yet again. I just wonder if the people in power remember that these objectors to their policy are actually voters too? Maybe closer to re- election time.

  11. beth a Sartori says:

    I thought you were a miracle worker/saint based on your work on wedding dresses. Your hat moves you up another notch! Bless all who fight for those in need!

    • mrsmole says:

      How any mother can stand by and watch children in cages is a mystery. Makes you wonder how the old white men running our country can listen to the cries of children and not soften their hearts?

  12. fabrickated says:

    Growing potatoes, cooking from scratch, marching for families and knocking out wedding dresses in the heat – what a woman. I salute you Mrs Mole.

    • mrsmole says:

      I don’t have time to write a book and take photographs and knit gorgeous sweaters like you do and hold down a full-time job like you do, Kate…talk about saluting!

  13. Liz says:

    Thank you for standing up for what’s right.

  14. Janice Brewer says:

    Beautiful sewing, I have made and done wedding gown alterations for 4 family member wedding dresses. Wish I knew about your blog for my wedding 28 years ago. Thank you for attending “Keep Families Together” movement! Before the voting booths, I plan on wearing t-shirts that say. VOTE and one that says REGISTER TO VOTE…

    • mrsmole says:

      The cool thing is, in my state, when you get a driver’s license, you are automatically registered. Then the ballots are delivered to your house to be mailed back in…if someone is so lazy that they cannot put a stamp on an envelope…then there is no hope. If we want change, we have to vote every time!

  15. barbara says:

    shouldn’t she have bought one size smaller? it sounds like you took it in all over. you could have made her a custom gown for all the work you did. i hope you were compensated for it.

    • mrsmole says:

      You are right, Barbara, but this keeps me in business…ha ha. It was one of the more expensive jobs I have done but they had big plans with arranging THE wedding of the social season. My fee was small potatoes compared to everything else on the list!

  16. Miss Celie says:

    The back view is beautiful. And, 👊 for the march.

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