Some of you may think that I accept anything that walks in the front door or gets into my email box…but I don’t!
If the dress and bride present themselves as way too much trouble, I can say I am booked or just decline.
Here are a couple who got a thumbs down:
This was an email asking me for a set price to make this dress fit. Obviously the salon owner convinced her that a seamstress would be delighted to remove excess fabric and remake the dress.
From this view it looks OK…but wait, do you see what I see? Are those 3 industrial clamps on her back?
I’m betting that the clamps are grabbing at least 2 inches all the way down…for a total of 4 inches. Imagine moving all those tulle straps from the gathered/clamped center back to back where they belong under her arms. Do you overlap them or reshape them? Then the zipper…at what point do you have to take in the whole center back of the dress? Maybe all 4 inches are taken out at the side seams…again what happens to the tulle straps under there?
I will need to move the waist area up a bit and tightened so it fits more snug and doesn’t fall down. I’m guessing we’ll also then need to take in the sleeve a little bit so it doesn’t fall down. And of course we will have to shorten about a foot and a half or so.
Now, seriously, hands up who wants to remove the cummerbund and huge back bow and trailing sash and raise it up? How about the sleeve? Want to shorten that too and then whack 18 inches off the hem? What do we do with the flowers? Can you also see a bustle being done? Not me, not this time.
Call me crazy but if you spend $7,000 on a designer dress…shouldn’t it be closer in the fit especially if you are petite? Even Amal Clooney would need alterations on this dress!
How about something simple for a change? All this bride needed was bust pads, hemming the lining and satin and shortening the halter. We added a one point satin bustle but she wanted to keep the tulle train and trim the tulle in front. Here is the model:
Here is the real bride…such a relief that it fits so well!
I don’t have an “after” photo but you can get the idea that this was one of the quicker projects.
Before I go, here are some garden photos now that we have 90 degree temps everyday:
First, we have tomato plants grown from store-bought slices of cherry and grape tomatoes and a wandering watermelon plant:
Next up in the pot are teddy bear sunflowers and zinnias grown from seed along with a huge lettuce grown from seed too:
Another raised bed with marjoram in a pot, pepper plant, more grape tomatoes in a cage, cantaloupe half on the ground and half crawling up the cage and a huge cauliflower with a new bed of asparagus inside a white cage in the far back. The gladioli in the vase were cut and rescued from the birds who like to tear through the buds at the top and shred them. You would think with all the lettuce and stocked feeders, they would leave the flowers alone.
Here is our weather forecast for Thursday. You can see the high and the nighttime low. Nice to have a 56 degree drop at night to chill the house down and the 15% is the humidity. Dry heat is tolerable as long as the plants get water!
Thank you for dropping by…wishing you lots of time to sew and do some weeding in your garden too!