When you are searching for modesty in a wedding gown, this Wtoo Fillipa makes a nice statement.
For the first fitting the bride was wearing a black bra…not a great idea.
The shoulder seams were hanging off her shoulders and I pinned a ridge along the sleeve cap to pull the sleeves closer to her body. It was only a temporary fix as the sleeve was an overlay of lace with a strip of binding all around the armhole…sounds complicated…yes and bulky.
You can see the length of the train and also the front tulle needs trimming:
Here is the close-up of the pinned sleeve but the real issue is the length of the bodice versus her back waist length. When the bride is shorter waisted than the dress, something has to be done to get rid of that bubble in the zipper.
Once the black bra is not worn and the sleeves get a different treatment, it will look more flattering. Also the little belt will be covered with a strip of pearls.
The lower half of the zipper was released and the skirt will be raised up about 1.5 inches and the zipper re-attached. I basted the tulle to keep it away from the zipper teeth.
Inside, the skirt lining will have to be brought up higher too to attach to the bodice lining.
You know what happens when you mess with the bodice, don’t you? Yes! Boning strips have to be shortened as well…what a joy! Remove the boning edges, remove the covers, trim off, and replace the raw edge covers with fabric scraps. There was boning in the lining AND the satin bodice.
Can’t have the lining open and flopping around:
After hand basting, the skirt needed to come up another 1/4 inch. The black bra had to make another appearance for the second try-on.
When a dress pattern is enlarged up from a size 4 to a 14W, you end up with wider shoulders and on this boat-necked bodice the sleeves poofed out away from her arms.
After working on a previous lace sleeve that had a dart from the shoulder seam halfway down the arm, I decided to try that on this dress. The neckline needed to be taken up/in anyway and it was a straight new vertical seam to add to draw everything in and snug up the biceps.
The thin grosgrain ribbon ties were replaced and covered with a strip of pearls all hand tacked.
My brides are always given the option of keeping a long tulle train or having it trimmed for ease of walking. This bride finally realized that with getting married in a restaurant, she didn’t need such a long amount of fabric trailing behind her.
One cool thing about this dress was something I have never seen before…ever! Can you see the shiny ribbon on the shoulder? It is about 2.5 inches long and attaches to the front and back over the inside shoulder seam. What is it for and why did I re-attach it after taking in that shoulder seam?
Using that ribbon loop holds the wide neckline to the plastic hanger without slipping off. You could use this trick for regular clothes as well!!!
Here we are…tighter sleeves, narrower neckline and pearl belt and floor length hem ready to walk down the aisle.
The back bubble is gone and so is that black bra leaving just a tiny train to look all romantic in the photos.
One month ago, Mr Mole started some lettuce and Tiny Tim tomatoes from seed. They were placed into self watering pots and left under the grow lights for one month.
Here are the results! Almost ready to eat or be placed outside in the cold frame to get bigger.
The tomatoes all have baby fruits on them!!!
Welcome to all the new readers, and happy sewing this shorter month of February!