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 here...it 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 www.ribbonandbowsohmy.com 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!