Simple Sample

Back in 2013 this Wtoo Leighton was just enough to show off a good figure and still look princess-like:

It hung on a rack waiting for just the right bride to come along and see the value in a sample dress. Up close, the skirt was tulle but with embroidery on both layers for a sort of peekaboo elegance.

The bodice was heavily beaded and the lining was perfectly boned.

Here you can see the different layers of tulle and how simple the lines are:

You can see the train can be bustled up with 3 points of tulle over one point of satin:

Only one small problem with a 6 year old sample dress…tulle and satin do not do well after so many brides have tried it on over the years. Brides are not that careful in the dressing room and there can be injuries to the fabrics especially at the end of zippers.

This dress had not only one long tulle tear down the vertical seams but also a diagonal one. Usually I wrestle with invisible thread and hand sew the torn edges together but this time using regular thread was a better choice as I would cover up the repair with a lace motif.

Checking underneath, I found more repairs to be done on the second tulle layer and the satin.

I removed a small lace motif from the skirt and used it cover up everything:

Once the repairs were done, you can see that the bustle buttons will replace the safety pins. This was one of the more easy-peasy dresses and bride to deal with and as a tip, her mother brought over 2 dozen eggs from her backyard chickens.

From simple to muy complicado!!!

Here are the final photos of the sash adding gown. You can barely tell that I added 1.5 inch extensions to the top edge of the front bodice and 1 inch extensions to the back bodice. The rhinestone motif is still pinned into place:

The rhinestone motif up close hand sewn unto the pleats. I told the bride that she can play with the pleats to get them the way she wants, mostly flipped upwards but on the mannequin they flopped down.

The final photo of the sash hand stitched to the zipper edges and the new 15 lace covered buttons and 5 point bustle:



















With Spring rains come fabulous growth and flowers…it is still raining and the plants all look so happy!

Wishing you all a great week! Thank you all for stopping by!

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14 Responses to Simple Sample

  1. Barb says:

    I absolutely love the ‘simple’’ Gown. Great job repairing it, as always. The complicated gown doesn’t look bridal to me, but that is just my old lady taste! You do marvelous work!

  2. Laura says:

    I giggle when I read some of what you write. “You can barely tell” that you added extensions. Uh…..ya think! No one, absolutely no one could ever tell and if someone is looking that close at the brides gown – I’d think there’s something pretty darned weird with that person. Great work as usual!

    • mrsmole says:

      I always start off thinking that things will go well but as we progress along…it gets harder to smile and nod my head when they want to add more and more.

  3. erniek3 says:

    I could kind of tell how the first dress was going to go “until it found just the right bride”. As for the second, the waist sash is prettier than it has any right to be for that bride. That is a very good looking feature. That would solve a lot of design /pattern matching problems for me – where the matched up pattern across the bodice is never going to line up with the skirt. I’m stealing it.

    Eggs! This is why I need chickens. So people will like me when I bring them eggs. Sadly Mr Erniek3 does not like the sounds chickens make, so no chickens for me for the time being.

  4. Donna says:

    Gorgeous as always. One of my favorites.

  5. Both dresses are lovely! I love the “simple” look with all its lace and embroidery and the second dress is a lovely colour and i think the sash makes the dress! Wow! Look at your garden!

  6. ceci says:

    Your garden looks wonderful. I’m still not warming up to the dress with the sash, although of course at the actual wedding there is just one bride and no comparing dresses, so I’m sure it will be lovely on the day. The “simple” dress is very special and beautiful, and your repairs of course are masterful.

    Thank you as always for sharing your expertise.


  7. maryfunt says:

    Beautiful job on both dresses. The alterations are absolutely undetectable. I’m sure you enjoyed the farm eggs; what a thoughtful gesture.

  8. mrsmole says:

    The good thing is, the bride’s mother delivers to my neighborhood so we will be feasting on those eggs in the future too but paying for them!

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