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:
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