Hands up…who remembers Gunne Sax wedding dresses from the 80’s?
Here are 2 patterns popular during that time:
So, my next bride brought me a tiny dress with a 6 inch gap where the zipper should close. The only hope was to make a corset back to get it to fit properly. I wish I could have added panels to the side seams as they were sloping towards the front but as this dress was bought in a thrift store, adding the corset loops was the best solution as she needed 6 inches across her upper back and neckline too.
I didn’t get a “before” photo as she had brought her groom along and I didn’t feel right doing it. But you get the idea with this “after” loop photo.
There will be a modesty panel to cover her underpants from the waist down. The tiny ribbon bow at the neck will be removed.
What dresses like this also include is a torn section of lace at the hem and in fact this dress was shortened by the last seamstress by making a 1 inch tuck all around above the lace edging. My bride is tall so I was able to release that wad of fabric only to find some tattered lace sections to repair. First I placed the lace strip on some organza before mending.
We will need to find some small pearl buttons to replace the 2 missing ones.
The left sleeve has all the buttons in place.
So some of you have asked if my brides have cancelled their plans and the answer is …some have…some have rescheduled for Sept (going to be a busy month!) and some have just hired a minister to marry the couple in the forest. Two of my April/May brides had location weddings planned in Hawaii and Ireland so those were scrapped. Another bride planned her honeymoon for a month in Europe so she changed that for later.
With 4 wedding gowns still waiting to be finished this month, I have had some time to answer the call from local hospitals and clinics to make masks.
I am sure many of you have already seen all the videos and links to all the different types as I have. Depending on who is wearing the mask you get to choose to use elastic or ties. With a nationwide shortage of 1/4 inch elastic, you can also use 1/2 inch elastic (EL22 braided polyester) and cut it in half. Here is a photo of a roll I bought from Wawak earlier in the year.And here are some of the many masks I have made using both elastic and ties and given away:
The shaped masks go fast but the pleated ones can fit over other masks.
I have also made pleated ones that have a place on the back to insert another filter. Either kind just need two 6 X 9 inch pieces of fabric so a good way to use up scraps of cotton fabrics. It makes a nice change for me to escape the ivory satin and tulle for a while. If you fold your rectangle in half and half again and press the folds, you can make the pleats even as you sew the sides. No need to make pressed folds in the lining as it just adjusts to the right side fabric.
Anyway, we have been staying and germ free and today we have 2 men trimming down our 7 foot tall pyracantha hedge so the new back fence can be spray painted. We are so lucky to have handy men who don’t mind getting stuck with all the thorns! You can see on the left side of the photo what the height they started with!
So, if you are self isolating like us or have to go to work, I wish you peace and understanding because we sure do need it right now!