Sleek and Simple

How about something simple for a change? This dress came in from David’s Bridal called Galina. 

A basic empire style trimmed with 3/8 inch Petersham ribbon under the bust and also used as a back tie.

In this photo, the back ribbon looks nice but in reality tying and re-tying Petersham ribbon turns it into a misshaped mangled mess.

Unfortunately, this dress also had a scalloped lace hem that had to be shortened. I pinned out a 1.5 inch tuck (total 3 inches).

Measuring the depth of the fold times 2:

Once the lace edging motifs were removed, they were moved up 3 inches:

With most dresses, the lace edging is attached all along the hem in one continuous strip but lookie stops at the side seams.

With all the points moved up and pinned, the under lace will be trimmed away later.

Other alterations include taking in the back zipper 2.5 – 3 inches tapering to nothing. It came with a standard lapped zipper so I replaced it with an invisible one for a flatter look. You can see the wrinkled Petersham tie which will be replaced with normal grosgrain ribbon to match. A small one-point bustle will also be included for dancing.

New zipper placement marked with pin and red thread:


Final try-on and the lace layer will be shortened by 1/2 inch:

I found a new supplier of ribbon as my normal one ran out of off-white and ivory. The new one is and they arrived in 3 days…Woo Who!

You can see the ribbon ties match exactly the original on the back neckline and I also did some edge stitching to keep the lace layer from sneaking into the teeth.

The final photos are of Mr. Mole’s indoor garden and his seedlings from scratch.

Planting and transplanting baby plants keeps his mind off of the current barrage of bad news from politicians and health officials and their warning of a dismal future. We have adopted a new word to practice along with eliminating reading all the front pages of global newspapers and TV.

That word is “enrichment” where we read only uplifting, educational, historical or scientific books/magazines and follow only websites that offer the same calmness and insight into human nature. Along with all that we have self-isolated, only going out for necessary trips.

The many brides who have come for fittings have to wash their hands for 20 seconds and have their temperature taken as well before entering the sewing room. Hoping masks will be available soon for the general public.

Stay safe out there dear readers!


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18 Responses to Sleek and Simple

  1. Terry Williams says:

    Stay healthy and glad you are taking precautions to protect yourself and your family!

  2. ceci says:

    Great dress, and will beautifully highlight this bride’s back – great choices here although the original ribbon does seem unusual.

    Your enrichment program sounds sensible!

    Stay well,


    • mrsmole says:

      Now that we are all staying home unless you are a medical person, we can all have enrichment reading books or watching sewing videos. I have to think of this time as an extended Easter vacation.

  3. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says:

    I think that is one of the prettiest dresses you have worked on in a while, lovely in it’s simplicity. Stay well! Focusing on the garden and spring are definitely a help in this weird phase.

    • mrsmole says:

      Been outside watering plants and weeding just to get some Vitamin D and breathe non-germy air. The back on this dress really is cute and the lace hem went well…thank goodness!

  4. LindaC says:

    I love your indoor garden. I’m going to show my husband who is our family gardener. Fortunately, we currently live in an area where outdoor gardening is possible for all but maybe 2 months of the year. Hope to move to cooler climates after retirement. Thanks for the link to the ribbon site. They have a wonderful assortment.

    • mrsmole says:

      Mr Mole’s indoor garden has surpassed his expectations and today he is outside finding room for the tall runner beans in a small greenhouse. Keeping our fingers crossed for more no frost night!!!

  5. Nancy Figur says:

    I have been missing the weeding gown alterations. I have been using RABOM (Ribbons and Bows Oh My) for years and years. I found them when looking for instructions for those bows you make for little girls. We used them to tell my identical twin grands apart. One always had the lighter bow and one had the darker shade. I have never been disappointed in Rabom’s services or the instructions on their website. I great job on that dress.

    • mrsmole says:

      Thank you, Nancy, it’s always good to find another supplier of ribbons and cording as so many do not carry off-white or antique white that seem to be the most needed colors. If I could do with white or a yellowy ivory, I could find it at JoAnn’s Fabrics.

  6. Very nice–and those seedlings look strong. Stay well.

  7. Kim says:

    I recently bought more compost and seeds for this summer’s garden plants. I hope they grow as well as Mr Moles plants 😁.
    Your precautions with the bride’s seems very sensible. Everything is topsy turvy here too and we are doing our best to live productively and happily. I think we, as crafters, are at a huge advantage as we can always find something good to do.

    • mrsmole says:

      Oh Lordie, you know it, Kim…just having a decent stash comes in handy for inspiration and now we are all cranking out masks for the local hospitals, so what better way to use up quilting cottons long forgotten in a drawer or box?

  8. racurac2 says:

    Mrs. Moles, I was thinking of you with all this madness. How are you coping with all those weddings canceled? I hope you’re ok❤️❤️❤️❤️Your seedlings look wonderful!

  9. mrsmole says:

    So far only 2 brides have rescheduled their wedding for September instead of April or May but it is looking like Sept will be a killer month!!!! It is nice making masks in all different colors instead of ivory tulle and satin!!!

  10. Pencil Girl says:

    You do an amazing job on these dresses. It is so nice to see a simple style. Your enrichment motto sounds like a very good idea! Stay safe and well!

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