Just got a call from a desperate mother needing her daughter’s floor length gown shortened. Since there was a break in between brides, I agreed to see the dress.
Of course, it was bought online from one of the many sites selling prom and formal dresses which means it may or may not fit.
The daughter will be wearing this dress at formal events when she represents our area across the country. Rodeo queens compete in many events and when I asked her if she has a horse, her answer was, “I have 4”.
She was told the dress must have sleeves and a collar and be covered up.
Here is the back with a cut out:
The front after having trimmed all the tulle layers by 6 inches:
The satin skirt fabric was covered in tulle and appliques. The skirt was full circle satin and a lining attached at the hem edge.
You know the type…to shorten it, you reach inside a side seam in the lining and grab everything to haul it out, stitch the new hem line, trim and then shove it all back inside and seal up the side seam. After I explained this to the mom, she said she did not want me to do it that way…really?
So, I asked her how she wanted it shortened the 5-6 inches. Well, she wanted is all just folded under as it might be cheaper…sure, hand stitching a circle skirt to the lining would NOT be cheaper or faster but, hey, I have to do what I am asked. So, after pinning the whole hem up, I re-pinned the original hem edge up and attached it to the lining. Guess what happens when you attach a larger circumference to a smaller one???
Can you say …pleats and tucks and lots of labor? Can you say bulk? Well, the mother said she thought it would be OK as no one would be looking at the hem anyway. She also said the next girl could just let the hem down and be happy….never mind that the tulle layers will have been trimmed off by 5-6 inches so letting the satin skirt down would just look weird.
In the end, I agreed to do it her way and started making a second appointment for her and she says…”there won’t be a second appointment, we need it tomorrow.” I take a deep breath and tell her to come back in the morning and bring a check. Then she says she wants to add some bling to the lace motifs and I found some dark blue sequins and put some in a bag for her to try an glue on. The little bag is hanging from the right sleeve.
Amid all the chaos of the virus openings and not openings and protests in the streets and more bad news hitting us, maybe it is a good thing that rodeos remain the same…encouraging young girls to compete in something that does not require a bathing suit, fake teeth, fake hair and showing way too much skin to be judged by old white men at a desk. The mom showed me a rehearsal video of her daughter going through her paces on her horse and carrying a flag at the end…it was a bit of good cheering up!
So what is going on in the garden? After Mother Nature dumped a week of rain on us, she came back with a week of 90-100+ temps so the flowers and veggies have gone nuts.
The first dahlia to open up:
Our butterfly bush/tree with red crocosmia flowers:
Yellow Calla Lilies and blue agapanthus.
The fly bag is really jumping with lots of visitors who cannot escape.
Remember the little bean plants? Well the scarlet runner beans have reached the top of the netting and the bush beans and Lima beans are on the move.
The corn is ripping away too with lots of sunshine and heat.
Our lime tree is happy with baby limes and the purple leaves are the Canna lily ready to produce hot orange flowers. The pot in front has more calla lilies and to the right is the end of the Lupins after making a real good show of deep purple flowers. We are saving the seed heads to plant next year.
Our Magnolia tree finally made the huge white flowers that smell like lemons.
Thank you for dropping by and many thanks to those of you who have sent emails about your bridal successes after following this blog. The whole reason for having this blog is to share techniques and possible solutions to problems that happen in my part of the world.