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.
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!!!