Wedding Venue in Nature

Another favor done for a fellow seamstress. This dress is Wtoo  Locklin but bought out of town. The beading is dainty along all the edges and fits well except I raised the straps.


The hem layers of satin and lining were shortened and the train was trimmed all around.

The bride ordered a silk belt from Etsy and she wanted it narrowed to half the width.

Here we are trimming the satin train and lining away.





The too-wide belt will be narrowed.











But how to do it? Does anyone have pressing bars that they bought to make tubes and never managed to do it? Let’s get busy…reducing a 1.5 inch wide belt down to .75 of an inch.

Open the belt and re-stitch the seam down to .75 inch. Trim and flip and then slide the 3/4 inch wide pressing bar inside to press flat. The flat straps/bow were pleated to adjust to the new width.

I like to make French tack belt loops to hold the future knot in place and keep the belt from shifting and spinning around her waist.

How do you trim away so much from the train and still be accurate through 3 layers of tulle. You know that stuff shifts like crazy! Well, I trim only half to the center back seam and then pin that cut off section to the remaining half of the train and use it as a guide. I find it is better than eyeballing or measuring down from the waist which is so tiring and awkward!

Keep trimming until to get back to the front side seams…whew…we are done!

Have you run into that annoying lower layer of really stiff netting? Of course, it is not the same circumference as the tulle…oh Hell no, that would make too much sense so it has to be cut separately.

To tame that sucker, I cut it at floor level.

Wouldn’t this make a nice soft cat bed?

The finished front with narrower belt:






















To add interest to this story, the bride had a destination wedding in Southern Spain on her French grandfather’s ranch but they would take photos closer to the seaside and she warned me that they might have to walk down a slope. Such lovely scenes for a couple so much in love.

To finish this week with a nature theme, here are some flowers from my garden:

They are gladiolus that were leaning over and ready to hit the ground. There are plenty more outside where the hummingbirds enjoy drinking from them.

The crystal vase is from a special sewing friend who moved to Texas a few years ago, Barbara, who I really miss having lunch with. The ceramic vase is from a Basque relative of mine living in Pamplona, Spain and the gorgeous paperweight was given to Mr. Mole from a good friend and business colleague who recently passed. All these things reflect on great relationships we have had but life brings us so many changes.

Thank you for following my adventures in bridal sewing!!!

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34 Responses to Wedding Venue in Nature

  1. Mem says:

    Lovely dress . Lovely job . well done as usual Mrs Mole

  2. Vicki says:

    Love seeing the dress “in action”! You do such amazing work it is great to see how the dress looks on the bride in the wedding photos – thanks for sharing.

    • mrsmole says:

      I ask for photos from all my brides but only a few remember. This bride was just darling and her back story is remarkable but I cannot share it here.

  3. Nancy Figur says:

    I am always terrified I will cut the tulle too short. I just made one of those tulle flower girl dresses with four layers of tulle. It was so hard to get it all even. Great job with that belt.

  4. says:

    So funny – I just finished that exact dress yesterday, only this one has to be bustled!! I always warn the bride if they are outdoors to not walk anywhere near a bush since the netting will snag like crazy. Nice job!

    • mrsmole says:

      Gathering twigs and leaves in the hem of your tulle skirt is never a good thing especially for photographs!!!!

      • LinB says:

        Having outside “environmental” wedding photos in Houston, Texas in August is not a good idea, either. So many mosquitoes got caught in the bride’s veil that they turned it gray. Had to have an emergency visit to a dry cleaners to have them vacuumed out.

  5. Chris T says:

    The finished dress looks absolutely amazing, your work is impeccable and I love that you share it and your methods. Thank you.

  6. Colleen says:

    I learned something again! I am getting more request to shorten trains and that scares me! Thank you for your generosity of sharing your skills!

    • Cheryl Designs says:

      Colleen-sometimes brides bring their gowns to me and request… TAKE THE TRAIN OFF!!!! I always advise-PATIENCE 🙂 When their gown is TOO LONG they can be OVERWHELMED by the train. After it’s pinned to length they usually change their mind 🙂

    • mrsmole says:

      I always tell the bride that they have many options for their dress and it makes them relax. It depends on the venue and what they are actually going to be doing…dancing on a wooden floor or running along the beach or forest…train or no train…just so they don’t trip or snag things!

  7. Lizzy115 says:

    Always very insightful posts. I learn so much – thanks for taking the time to inspire us all!

  8. Laura says:

    Nice to see the wedding dress at the wedding! Beautiful pictures. Another job well done.

  9. I love seeing how you make these dresses work especially when your solutions are simple and easy to understand! Thanks for the pictures of the bride and groom on their special day!

    • mrsmole says:

      Never expected to see the grommet kicking up his heels but he was so happy with her. She is the sweetest gal ever and I was hoping this would be the best day ever for her. She had to pack that dress in a suitcase and fly over 6,000 miles but ti looks like she did OK.

  10. Valerie says:

    Excellent work Mrs Mole (as always!). Thank you for sharing the lovely on site pictures too.

  11. Jen in Oz says:

    Ha! I actually got out my pressing bars just last week. The dress I was making had a centre front seam with a box pleat and the only way I could think of to press the pleat open and evenly over the seam was to use the pressing bar. It worked, too! (If I’d had a dowel the right size handy I would tried that though.)

  12. Taja says:

    Oooh! Nice! And the happy couple looks like they are enjoying their special occasion!

    Did the bride mention why she wanted the scraps? My weird brain is visualizing hand-crafted guest favours–or perhaps she just wanted proof that the work was done?

    Regardless, you did a wonderful job and she looked beautiful!

    • mrsmole says:

      Bead, pearls of tulle scraps…I never know where they go after the alterations. maybe they are tucked away for the next wearer to use in some fashion?

  13. maryfunt says:

    Beautiful dress. It does look much better without the train; that added way too much tulle. Thanks for sharing the wedding photos. Looks like a magnificent setting.

    • mrsmole says:

      The bride herself was so thin and delicate and the train just weighed her down and knowing that she might have to shimmy down a slope to the water’s edge made her say to whack it off. It could have been a setting for professional photo shoot don’t you think?

  14. She’s beautiful and that’s a beautiful dress! I love the style! Thanks for the lesson on narrowing the belt. Something new learned every day! 😁👍 Why do the brides want every scrap if they don’t sew? What do they do with it?

  15. JustGail says:

    Is it possible that she was thinking far ahead and wants the scraps for future dress alterations for whoever might wear the dress next? Or possibly for a baby gown for baptism/christening? Reception decorations? Gorgeous dress and results, I’m happy she was a delight to work with.

    Wood dowels work great for presser bars, I have several sizes and lengths. I suggest sanding off and rounding the ends so they are easier to run though tubes, and get rid of snags left from manufacturing and shipping.

  16. Lisa G says:

    Beautiful dress and lovely flowers! I enjoy all of your posts and read every word, although I doubt I will ever get into altering wedding dresses! I just had to comment today because I’ve never heard of that neat tool! Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Susan Hart says:

    Oh cool! I NEED those bars! I have the shorter versions from years back but the longer ones look way better!
    And I thought I was the one who only did that….laying the already cut fabric on top to finish cutting evenly…
    Useful tricks and tips are always good sharing to the masses…right, Mrs Mole?
    Beautiful gown….
    I’m currently raising up the back netting on a halter gown and literally just climbed right into the guts of the gown to find the back neck and straps to be able to do this! Oye!
    Also doing front hem (3 layers…YES stiff netting!), side seams take in and a one point over bustle!
    3 bridesmaids gowns and a sleeve removal on a mother’s dress….
    Just like that…I’m sucked right back in! LOL!
    Stay cool…Susan

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