Willowby Mandara is the standard strapless concoction…but wait…the MOB has plans!!!
Seven point tulle bustle?
How about a halter to hold everything up? What about pinning out some side bust darts? Can you see the right one pinned? Is this starting to make sense? Will the bride carry fabric down the aisle?
With a grosgrain ribbon pinned on as a halter, we mark the eventual width of the new back panel:
New side bust darts hand basted and halter pinned for effect:
Now, I didn’t just make a dart through all that thick lace…I have to do it the hard tedious way…so come along and count the minutes….
First, before removing the pins, red thread baste the new dart legs on the outside.
Ditto for the inside base layer:
On the outside, detach all lace and flip the edges back to reveal the base and boning.
The inside dart/tuck controls the whole width and length of the dart. It is hand sewn.
Left side dart:
Find the actual edge of the lace, detach and pull across to the new location and stitch with red thread on the right side.
The left side lace pattern:
Let’s tackle that back panel…have I done one before? No. Do I know what the edges will be finished like? No. Will it be single or double?
How will it be attached at the waist? Zipper…Velcro…safety pins…hooks and eyes?
We decide on 2 layers for stability so they are stacked and cut together.
You can buy extra fabric from the maker.
Can you see that one side of tulle is wider than the other? I am giving the mother a chance to decide which side she wants.
Getting closer to the end:
The mother wanted the narrower version and the edges will be sewn stacked and left with a 1/4 inch raw edge. You can see that the panel will be sewn on the left and snapped on the right.
Maybe some of you have made baby clothes and used Snap Tape for the crotch opening to change diapers. Well, it will come in handy here. First, find the center of the panel and pin the tape.
Machine sew across the edges and also in a diamond pattern between the male snaps. Attach corresponding side with the female snaps inside the bodice.
Halter strap placement is crucial for optimum support!!!
At this point, the bride said she felt very secure with such a tight fitting bodice.
All the red thread is replaced with ivory thread by hand.
As usual, I mention that any future bride can release all the stitching and have the dress back to the original dimensions as nothing was trimmed away.
What about that bustle??? Well, that is the best part…the mother told me that this dress will only be worn to walk down the aisle and the reception dress will be beaded and quite fancy for dancing. The bride did not want to bother with a bustle and will just drag the train around for a short time. I never saw that other dress but doesn’t it seem a shame to put so much time and effort into a dress that will only be worn and seen for 20 minutes?
In cleaning up the garden before winter and I found this monster scarlet runner bean hiding. We are saving the inside red seeds to plant next year.
Wishing you all stress-free sewing projects and lots of compliments as we race towards Thanksgiving here in the US. Thanks for dropping by!!!