How about this gown for a real fairy princess look? It has a Grecian touch too with the Petersham ribbon straps that wrap around the body as many times as you wish.
In the beginning, I thought all I had to do was the hem which was attached to the lining at the lower edge so to shorten it, you sneak inside a side seam of the lining and pull everything out, stitch and trim and then stuff everything back inside and close up the opening.
We even tried a bustle…seven points to capture all that embroidered tulle into something more manageable for dancing.
But after seeing the first photos, the bride decided that she wanted a more “closer to the body” look and could I remove all the fluffiness at the waist caused by all the layers of gathering???
Sure thing…what that involved was pinning out as much as 20 inches per vertical seam for the 7 panels. Stitching the full length from the waist to the hem and train was labor intensive enough. Of course, my mind wants my mouth to ask, “If you wanted a tight waisted dress, why did you choose this one?”
Here are all 7 panels (20 inches wide) removed and displayed for her to prove I really did do the right thing. She will also get to take these home. Funny how I get asked if I ever refuse or lie about doing certain alterations. Is this something other seamstresses do regularly? Cheat?
With extra fluffiness removed we have a flatter waist area but still a very long train of tulle.
The result is just what she wanted and she can decide what to do with all that ribbon and how many times it needs to be wrapped around her waist.
As my early summer brides keep postponing their nuptials, there is a gap in the altering schedule so I can get out into the garden to manage the growing season and weeding. With 2 or 3 brides to finish this month, some of the most complicated dresses, it will be nice to have a little break knowing that I have 6 brides for August and 8 booked in for Sept.
Watermelons and lettuce and tomatoes and more lettuce:
Raspberries and “Chianti” (5-8 feet) sunflowers:
Blueberry bushes and an up-close view:
Corn and transplanted asparagus:
We are still self-quarantining and wearing masks and with hair salons still closed, we are both looking wild and woolly. But being isolated moles, it is not a big issue. I wish you some good sewing time especially for those of you who have mentioned that you have lost your sew-jo. Be kind to yourself, enjoy the weather and nature, pick up a new book or finish a puzzle…thank you for spending time with me!