Did anyone forget the 80’s MIL gown??? Want to see the final steps?
The final fitting reveals that the front lower skirt has a few points/scallops touching the ground so they will be altered/raised up from the upper seam.
Also the side seams do not match so that section of the lower skirt will be raised up to match. The satin layer will be narrow hemmed.
The right side seam wrinkles need some boning and the shoulder seams will be taken in too as the bride has a low right shoulder. Final safety pinned bustle in place.
The back lace yoke is pinned back unto the back bodice to be sewn by hand.
I used covered plastic boning stitched on the side seam allowances.
Then a strip if bias silk is added to the armholes, trimmed and flipped to the inside and hand stitched down.
What is left??? Another satin bias strip to cover the front neckline seams and back seams.
Toss in some push-up bust pads:
The 5 point bustle up close:
Side view of the pinned bustle:
Final front view and the bride swears that she will wear tight underpants the day of the wedding!
Did I ever mention that I was asked to tighten EVERY single silk flower on the dress as they were all loose and dangling by one thread? I lost count after 100!
And so dear readers, after spending almost one year in my sewing room and endless fittings…the dress is done, transformed into something clean and modern and just what the family wanted. A hard lesson to learn for me…never take on such a project again!
The weather service claims that more snow is on the way…I hope so as our daytime temps are already causing this beautiful scene to melt away.