How does one decide who should make her gown? Send your measurements into someone you have never met or heard of who has an Etsy page? I find that so scary and who decides what her/his qualifications are? You can’t select the fabrics or feel them but trust that sending them money will make everything OK and you get a custom made dress that fits?
A year ago this bride came for a consultation. She ordered her dress from Etsy.
At the time we thought that she could lose some weight and I could open up seam allowances to bridge the gap in the back.
This year, she returned and things did not get better, in fact they got worse. Only thing to do is offer to make a corset back along with hemming the skirt and tulle.
Even though she said she had sent in her measurements, can you imagine anyone having bust points only 5 inches apart? Most designs/patterns start with an 8 inch spread up to 12 inches but here we are with bust cups unnaturally close together.
In addition to that, the lining was creeping out over the top edge of the bodice and had to be hand tacked down inside. Bust cups were added to help with the very round bust curve boning.
When I make a modesty panel for a corset back, I use duck cloth for the part next to the skin. Lord knows these summer brides sweat enough carrying around so much fabric and weight of the dress so this helps keep them a little cooler and absorb moisture. Sweat running down you back into your Spanx is not a good thought!
Cutting the right length for the boning strips:
Boning strips sewn inside the panel:
Panel attached with stitching to one side of the opening and a snap attached to the other side for lacing up. The panel was cut from some light peach satin I had to buy at JoAnn’s.
Here we are all laced up really tight and of course, the lacing will be ivory the day of the wedding.
Since the dress comes with a 2 inch wide grosgrain belt and bow, that will go over the lacing too. The sash tails will also cover the tight lacing down near the bottom of the opening. From the front it looks better without the top edge digging into her skin.
And I did make time to watch the movie “Men of the Cloth” on Amazon Prime. It traces the history of Italian tailors from the age of 6 to 80+ and their stories. Makes me want to hang out with these men to see how the stitches are made and steamed into shape!
Wishing you all a great week of stash busting or knitting or whatsoever you plan on doing this time of year with the kiddies back in school and the temps dropping… whew!