Sleek Sheath

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!

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11 Responses to Sleek Sheath

  1. Susan Hart says:

    Yes, spent many a late night/ 2-3 a.m. stint sewing….🥴😴

  2. Kay K says:

    I always enjoy your brides tales, but this time I want to comment on your sprouting trick. I’ll be trying it soon. I don’t get all my plants from the compost pile!

    The rose experiment reminded me of the family who bought our house 18 years ago. They were young emigres from Ukraine, buying their first home. The young woman was so excited about moving to their first owned home. Her first order of business was to plant her rose bushes. She had started them from the roses her husband gave her on the birth of each of their children.

    I drove by the old house earlier this spring, and her roses looked beautiful!

  3. erniek3 says:

    But you got lots of new potatoes! I’m calling it a win.
    I do hope the bride is getting some of those really fab Converse high tops, or the ones you can customize online. Gosh knows they make some really stunning ones now. If only my feet hadn’t spread out with children, I’d own them ALL.

  4. upsew says:

    great idea on sit down test for the mermaid sillouette (I used do a picking up dropped money test to check hem lengths on short skirts I made for myself!) – I have planted out some end celery, I generally store the last bits in water to keep them going and the last one was growing roots and there was little left. Its now planted in the garden so I am curious to see how it gets on from here. Must try the onions !

  5. Tia Dia says:

    What a fantastic trick! I love the bride’s dismay and shock that the slit went where she never dreamed it would.

    I have tried to make roses root from cuttings, too, and find they do best when they are very green and very young. I don’t always have success, but it’s fun to try!

  6. Kim says:

    I like the dress, and I think flat shoes are a great idea – but I agree with the other comment hoping that she’s planning some gorgeous new high tops.
    I haven’t tried those veggy tricks but may well have a go 😊

  7. Nancy Figur says:

    I don’t get the sneaker thing with a wedding dress. If you can’t get dressed up for one day and wear pretty shoes when would you ever. A few of my girls wore flats that were sparkly so that their feet didn’t hurt all day and one wore heels but made sure the fit was perfection so she wasn’t uncomfortable.
    What I do get – is the sewing all night thing. My motto is that I would rather sew all night than worry all night. When I am costuming a show, I just want to get it done and off my head. Luckily I am a night owl by nature.
    I am fascinated with the vegetable thing! I want to try one or two.

    Can’t wait for a report on the latest “issue” dress.

  8. robbie says:

    I’ve attended many weddings where the bride and her entourage wore sneakers–however, they were beautifully decorated and hidden under the dress. Those beautiful dresses with dyed to match satin pumps remind me of prom attire back in my day. Oops, I’m showing my age again. I grew up in an era of Amy Vanderbilt–etiquette, table settings, how to sit, knowing acceptable dress for the occasion, debutante balls etc….oh well, an era long gone.

  9. jay says:

    Nice dress, don’t love the trainers. Won’t it look a bit naff on the photos in thirty years? My rose story is a little different. I pruned a couple of bushes and put the cut bits in a bucket, intending to take them to the rubbish pile. It rained. I forgot that job. When I came upon the bucket a few weeks later, the prunings had rooted in the rainwater. I’ve tried to repeat this with no success.

  10. Judy says:

    I can only imagine how good those feet feel in decorated Converse instead of high heel! Thanks for cold brew coffee recommendation a while back. I have picked up the mocha coffee at Walmart, sewed a muslin bag, and made a large pitcher up. I enjoyed the rich, smooth flavor. This week I shifted to using a French press, 1/4 cup coffee and just fill up the container – appx. 3 cups water. Leave in the refrigerator over night. Voila! Delicious coffee in the morning. This is now my morning treat! Thank you

  11. kathyh says:

    Re:Rose cuttings. Success is better if you do it in the spring when plant growing hormones are raging. Also coat end with rooting hormone. We started our grapes this way and I had great success with the columnar yews I took cuttings of before my parents sold their house. I’ve tried most of the veggies but don’t like the taste and appearance as much as beforehand.
    I was just at my son’s wedding (cooper spur on Mt. Hood) and his bride wore a beautiful bohemian lacy dress with fabulous shoes – no converses for her.

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