Is this beginning of a trend?
Last year, I had a bride who had been with her husband for 10+years and had children plus a brand new baby but never gone through a ceremony. Then she decided to invite all the rest of the family to a fake “family reunion” on a beach in California.
While everyone was frolicking in the sand, dragging seaweed up to make castles, digging for sand crabs and letting ice cream drip down their arms and eating snow cones, she and her groom would appear in gown and tux with a minister and surprise all by getting married. Well, now I have another such event planned.
This Madison James dress is similar to the bride’s but as the label had been cut out, I suspect it was from a past collection.
Let’s see what needs to be done…add some bust cups and shorten the shoulder straps.
Take in the hips in lace and lining, Hem the satin and lining and shorten the lace hem by about 5 inches. The hem had a tiny lace edging which will be removed and moved up. The bustles will be a 3-point for the satin and a 5-point for the lace. This lace looks light but it is very thick and heavy! The satin and lining are peach colored and shiny.
Pinning out a 2.5 inch tuck to mimic the final hem edge at floor/sand level:
Even though I marked the levels 5 inches apart, I changed my mind and removed the dainty edging and used a newer thread tracing level instead. See the black line?
Pinned on the black line and the rest will be trimmed away.
The satin layer ended up needing 5 points, not just 3:
One her left back, the strap has a gap which will be snugged up by hand with a running stitch. The lace layer will have 5 bustle points too. The lace edging is basted and has to be extended further back to the train to skim the floor/sand.
This photo shows the satin train bustled on it’s own.
The final 5-point bustle with lace covered buttons:
At the end of all this altering and steaming of the dress and veil, the bride asks me the most important question of all, “Can I nurse my baby in this?” Sure…maybe spin the dress around and you have full access?
this story of a calmer day on the Thames River takes my mind away: http://spitalfieldslife.com/2018/07/19/swan-upping-on-the-thames-x/
If you have clean air where you live, go outdoors and breathe deep for me, please!!!!