Christmas Bride

This lovely Wtoo Carrion dress fits like a glove:

Lucky for me the alterations are not too complicated. Take in the hips and shorten the hem:






















Twill tape the top edge of the bodice:

Take in the hip seams and lining seams:

Press flat the seams:

Remove the red thread tracing line:

Some dresses come with a top layer of netting to hold the train out nicely. In this case it was trimmed to floor length as when the bustle is buttoned up, this layer has no where to go.:

Originally I thought 3 points would work but ended up with 5 for the heavy satin layer.

Equally, the tulle ended up needing 7 points instead of 5 to get all of it off the ground…did I mention that I hate tulle bustles?

Once everything is pinned up, it might just work.



















Final try-on and for the reception, the bride will add a rhinestone belt.

She is so happy with the fit and the overall lightness of the dress with excess hem removed and the horsehair braid in the hem removed from side seam to side seam to give the front of the skirt a nice softness.

So a stunning dress with or without the belt!




















Rarely do I get wedding photos but this one came in and it shows my bride in Portland on the train tracks on a deserted street. She was wise to have a fake fur shrug to wear!






Have you ever seen one of these boxes?

My friend Nancy gave this to me for Christmas and I looked up the history of the company. 

Wheeler and Wilson was bought out by Singer but if you scroll down through the link you can see some of the beautiful machines that were produced back then.

The inside just needs a little brushing and then it will be filled with presser feet! She even added some sewing Post-it notes!

Christmas plans were all scuttled this year as I ended up in the Urgent Care facility with severe bronchitis and now I have quite the selection of medicines, antibiotics, an inhaler and Prednisone tablets to help to clear my inflamed lungs and narcotic cough medicine to stop the painful coughing. Hopefully in a week or so, I will be back with more brides to share.

Wishing you all very Happy and healthy New Year’s celebrations!


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43 Responses to Christmas Bride

  1. Donnalee says:

    I’m sorry your health gave you trouble–I had a similar thing in October and November and it was no fun at all except for the brief time I stopped breathing and did the genuinely fun white light near-death thing again. I woke up the next day though, so that worked out!

    This dress is lovely and the bodice so ornate–it didn’t occur to me that the torso needed a little something like a rhinestone belt to give it interest, but I can see how it might make it more festive.

    The wooden box is lovely.

    I hope you feel better soon and have a happy new year.

    • mrsmole says:

      Sorry to hear you came so close to crossing over, Donnalee! Progress is slow but as i still have 2 dresses to finish before Jan 11, I am determined to beat this bug!

      • Donnalee says:

        I have crossed over and back at least three times now, so it gets easier, truly. I hope that you continue to feel well and get the work done in a nice stressless fashion.

  2. shoes15 says:

    Sorry you’ve been unwell. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery.

  3. Beautiful work, and Get Well Soon!

  4. fabrickated says:

    Poor Mrs Mole. That sounds terrible. I hope you have managed to take a break and get yourself back to full health.

    And I love the dress – you are right that it looks quite soft and light – and rather wearable.

    Sending love for a fast recovery.

  5. raquel from jc says:

    Beautiful job and what a beautiful and gracious bride! Speedy recovery Mrs.Mole! Happy new year!

  6. Fabulous work, as always. I just love hearing your stories. As for the W and W box, I also have one which is filled with the original attachments. Also have the treadle machine however it’s not functional. Love the box though.

  7. Jane M says:

    Hope the new year brings a great recovery. Love seeing your work and hearing the stories. I love that beautiful box with such lace like intricacies.

  8. Colleen says:

    I love seeing the dress before and after as always….but I have to comment on the box! I have one just like it! I keep it on the dresser with some jewelry but I might consider your idea. I have always loved it and bought it at an antique store probably 20+ years ago! That was a thoughtful present from your friend! Take care of yourself and feel better very soon!

  9. Helen Marshall says:

    Get well soon!

  10. Rose in SV says:

    Thank you for sharing your sewing (and gardening) experiences. I wish you and your family happiness and health for the New Year!

  11. Donna says:

    Take care and rest! You said the dress was easy. Seemed very complicated to me but you work magic.

  12. Nancy Figur says:

    Great job! I agree with the poster who said you thought it was easy and it seemed complicated to me. I don’t know how you get those bustles done. It seems like trying to tame air.
    Every time I see a dress (well, almost every time) that you are altering, I am looking at it thinking what I would do with it to turn it in to a Christening gown. This one would be a good one to work on. I like to do the ones with some detail to work on. Last one I did was all organza – soft organza – yikes!

    • mrsmole says:

      Oh Nancy, working with tulle is like taming the air…after all it is just air held together with thread isn’t it? Christening gowns are such a delight and history-making too. You must have such fun trying different techniques!

  13. Suzanne says:

    You did some beautiful work on this one and you are always an inspiration to me. I actually have a little time off this week..its been a while since my alteration work had a break. Get well soon and do what the Dr, instructed. Have a Happy New Year!

  14. upsew says:

    Get well soon – and wishing you a speedy recovery. That is a lovely bridal photo although the non-early riser in me wonders what unearthly hour they had to be up for that one, and a beautiful fit as always on the dress. Happy new year to you

  15. Kim says:

    Great dress, and that box from Nancy is beautiful!
    I’m sorry to hear that you have been so ill. I hope q are starting to feel better now.
    Wishing you a peaceful and neurotic bride free 2019 – even if that does make the blog a little quieter 😉

  16. ceci says:

    Please take it easy and fully recuperate…..sounds like a scary health challenge to end the year!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery as we move into 2019.


    • mrsmole says:

      Thanks, ceci, it does make you stop when you can’t take a deep breath! At least the same ER doctor knows what I need with this yearly occurrence. It makes you reschedule the last of the year brides and just crawl under a blanket. Hope 2019 is better for everyone!

  17. JustGail says:

    Your box is one with the “N” in “machines” backwards! Mine’s a boring one with the normal “n” and I use it for holding the sewing machine needles. The Schmetz boxes just fit.

    Sorry about your Christmas plans, but so very glad you’re on the mend.

    • mrsmole says:

      Who knew that there would be two different boxes with an “N”??? So interesting! I have already filled mine up with presser feet for the new season and putting my machine in for a TLC session with the repairman. Stay healthy, Gail!

  18. Monique says:

    What a lovely dress! And having read your solutions to problems so often, even I thought this one was an easy one – but, ho, I do not make any claims to being able to do the same, hahaha. It’s a sign of your expertise that it looks doable.
    Anyway, I just wanted to wish you all the best with your health. Hoping you make a full recovery very soon,

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you, Monique, the older we get the longer it takes to bounce back. When the ads on TV talk about the elderly and health issues…I have to stop and say…”wait, they are talking about me!”

  19. ParisGrrl says:

    Another beautiful alteration–now you get some rest and I hope you feel better soon!

  20. Kathy Sell says:

    Sunshine and ocean breezes always cure my bronchitis!

  21. mrsmole says:

    Oh Kathy, I am so far from either one of those!!!! Closest I can get is running humidifiers in every room and leaving the lights on!!!! Ha Ha. I used to live near the ocean and there’s nothing a day in the sun won’t cure! The salt in the air is super too for balancing the body and mind.

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