Anyone born in 1950 who lived through the 60’s would recognize this silhouette. We saw all the movie stars and President’s wives and just regular women wearing this style.
This dress by Enchanting by Mon Cheri reminds me of the ones worn back in the mid-1960’s.
These dresses were seen everywhere…weddings and proms …all you needed was some dyed-to-match satin pumps and a string of pearls and gloves and yoiu knew you were dresses appropriately.
Here are some tasteful examples from catalogs and offerings on eBay:
Only this gown will not be worn with dyed-to-match satin heels…the modern look is to accessorize with high-top tennis shoes…and wait…take 7 inches off the hem so that everyone can see your shoes.
There were extra wide straps that came with the dress in a little bag and the bride wanted them added so that the narrow straps could drape over her upper arms.
The wide straps were positioned to just cover her bra of choice but in the end she opted to not wear a bra and not worry about a strap sliding around. While she originally wanted me to raise that back slit higher, I made her hold unto the upper edge and then try to sit down. Then I asked her to tell me where that edge went and to her amazement and dismay, it crawled way up her backside and way too far to be decent!
It is always a good idea for the seamstress, when asked to make an alteration like enlarging a back slit or making the thigh area of a mermaid dress tighter and tighter, to make your bride sit in a chair to see if the pins pop or bend or the slit goes too high.
Speaking of sleek…how about this trick? Did you know that you can grow lots of veggies from the cut-off section of a plant? There are many articles about how to do it and I finally decided to try it for myself. We all toss the root end of green onions away, right? But if you just put that discarded end in a glass of water, you will get more fresh onions to snip and use.
What about romaine lettuce? Yes, it works, this end of the lettuce is just 2 days old!
Two years ago, I had bought a new rose bush and instead of throwing the trimmed odd branches away, I tried this trick. You are supposed to slide the cutting into a potato. Supposedly, the potato provides sugar and other nutrients to make the cutting have a good start. OK….I did it and planted it in a pot with good soil and waited….and waited all summer. The cutting eventually rotted and when I tipped the dirt out, I had a nice pot full of tiny potatoes…so for me not all of these ingenious projects will bring about great results.
The next few weeks will be a mad scramble to get all 12 dresses for June out the door before the July brides arrive. Just when you think the last wacky bride with her attached sash was weird enough…Lordie, another one comes to take her place and with only 7 days to make another miracle…sewing every night during the early morning hours when even the birds are resting is the only way to get through all this! Some of you who write to me and I reply at any time between 2 and 6 am in my timezone, know this is true.
Give the windowsill veggie gardening a try and I will see you next time!