After the tulle parade of gowns, finally a real formal fabric dress!
Wtoo Mimi has lots of gathers and a huge waist bow and pockets…yes pockets…something you don’t get with a tulle or sheer skirt. The bride does not want to wear the huge flower.
You can see in this side view that the bust is really flaring away from the bride’s chest. What to do?
Well, the twill tape will help a little to snug it up and cup back to her chest by 2 inches:
Then insert the push-up bust cups from Wawak:
Remove all the back buttons and take in the zipper 2 inches, baste by hand:
Pick 3 points for the bustle, please ignore the wrinkles, it just escaped from the garment bag!
With the list of alterations and the labor involved and fees discussed, I ask when do you want to have your second fitting? Silly me thinking that they would allow me 2 weeks or more to get all this hand basted and ready for the third and final try-on…ready for this?
Can we come the night before the wedding? WHY?
The mother says that the bride MAY lose some weight from stress and the dress must fit like a glove. Of course! Lordie, I’m already stressed just thinking about it…will I drop a few pounds too?
I explain that actually I will not even be in town the day before her wedding and I need 6 days to finish…so they back down and allow me 6 days.
You can see in this photo of the lining that I had to remove a strip of boning on each edge next to the zipper:
Once the outer layer has been machine stitched to the satin, the lining is attached by hand to the underlap:
The overlap side with red thread basting ready to be stitched:
The shot of the back in progress just before all the final machine stitching and adding 2 hooks and eyes to the top of the bodice. The excess fabric has not been trimmed off as you know I like to leave whatever I can inside for the next poor seamstress.
The bride and mother loved with way the bustle looked like angle wings. With the front hems basted, the bride decides that she wants her front hem shortened 1/8 inch/ 3.175 mm. Will anyone be looking at her hem that closely? Will that minute amount make any difference? Probably not but I do what I am told.
Side view of bustle, so pretty and this dress has huge side seam pockets too.
Metal backed satin buttons attached for the 3-point bustle and the original cloth backed buttons sewn back along the overlap stitching line.
After the final steaming and ready to wear down the aisle:
This silk scarf was sent to me from my youngest daughter who knows I adore Gustav Klimt artwork. It is called the Tree of Life:
So it looks like I will have a summer filled with new succulents to watch and enjoy. This week we have had some of Mr. Mole’s family visiting from the UK and I thought the little blow-up bed for the youngest child was just so darling and cozy.
I had to clear out my second sewing room annex to turn it into a play room and sleeping quarters. I made each of the girls their own pillowcase with Peppa Pig and Disney fabrics to keep. The pink and blue fabric boxes contain new activity books, crayons, paints, sticker books, painting aprons etc. for their visit.
Coming soon…a doozey of a gown that the bride wants lots of additions sewn unto the dress…8 hours+ of labor and lots of head scratching!
Wishing you all a great week! Thank you to all the followers and new readers for visiting!