This sequined dress from BCBG will be a real challenge!
The bride said that she took her whole family to the salon to select a dress and this is what THEY came up with.
Selection by committee convinced her to buy a dress larger and longer than she needed because…why?…the salesperson told her a seamstress could make it fit.
First, we have to pin out 1.25 inches (total 2.5) at the waist since we cannot just whack off the tulle at the floor level. This will require removing the skirt and lining and bring it up 2.5 inches along with making the circumference the same as the original to be able to attach unto the bodice.
On inspection, all the skirt seams are French, even the sequined layer…wonderful…I love bulk!
Let’s get measuring…the numbers add up to needing to reduce the waist of the skirt by 5.5 inches once it is raised up. So the side seams of the sequin layer will have to be taken in 2.75 inches each side seam and the lining as well along with darts. Notice the fabric label hanging from the waist seam? Yes, it says you cannot return this dress if it is removed.
The tail of the zipper will remain in the center back seam but all the rest will be removed, binding removed and moved up to the neck 2.5 inches. Good thing the salesperson told her this was an easy fix…tearing my hair out!
Only one thing could make this a more un-enjoyable job…have you had clients call “just to check up”?
Let’s pin and mark the 2.5 inches that have to be removed at the top of the skirt:
See the new waist seamline 2.5 inches lower?
Here we have the inside and the amount I have to take in the back hip dart in the lining:
New French seam for the sides:
Skirt hand basted to the bodice:
That center front sheer area hand basted:
Zipper hand basted with new darts in skirt:
After the second try-on, I need to take in the side seams AND darts more:
The white thread indicates the new French seam line:
See how much longer the new dart will be?
French seams in the sequined layer. Every sequin will have to be removed to make this possible. First wrong sides together:
Ready to remove all the sequins in the waistline seam?
There is no way I would run this new seam through my serger without removing those darn sequins!!!!
Hooray…it looks like the original now!
Next time, I’ll show all the steps involving the insanely labor intensive zipper and the mesh strip and the narrow edge binding in Part 2 but here is a little holiday cheer.
Mr. Mole has bought me an amaryllis bulb in the past but this year I sneaked a new one into his study. Not only is this flower a double double but there are 2 more stems ready to stand up and burst forth with more flowers!
Still plowing through wedding gowns…I think I have enough to keep me busy until Santa comes!