This is the popular dress of the year. I have featured it in the past in smaller sizes, but this bride needed more support and shaping than in previous posts.
First thing to do was to pin out 7 inch long darts on each side.
After pinning we see that the dart is 2.5 inches wide as well. All of this lace will have to be lifted and moved out of the way to make the darts on the right side.
Looking on the inside lining, the new darts will run right into the existing boning so that will be removed and added back in the end.
Pinned on the right side, the lining needs some red thread tracing now.
On the right side, it has been red thread traced.
Lining thread traced:
Once traced, the dart legs show how far back to lift the lace layer.
Let’s get rid of the boning first.
Now we have the lining free and flat:
The boning will be reserted under the new lining dart later.
As the lining is darted on the inside, the lace edges will be overlapped to hide the new seam.
More lace edge have to be released so all the edges can be overlapped. In case the next bride to wear this dress needs all the original fabric, the next seamstress can just release all the stitiches and voila’ back to normal.
Right side overlapped and pinned down:
Left side pinned and hand basted. You can still see the red thread tracing which will be removed. Once all the lace edges are hand tacked, no one will kow what was done and there will be no bulk.
The inside new dart hand basted ready for flipping forward toward the center:
Even though the dart is flipped and it makes a dip/step down in the upper edge, the two layers of lace overlap to conceal the dip. Under the new dart, the old boning will be attached and I’m afraid that is the missing photo. The new dart acts as a strip of boning and adding back in the old strip gives the bride even more support.
On the outside, like in the other dresses, the lace layer is not attached to the satin layer and makes bubbles so I pin all the lumpy bits and hand tacked all those areas…can you say…time-consuming?
In previous Della gowns, the bride asked for a bustle but this time the tulle hem was just shortened without a bustle. Now the bodice hugs her body and gives a smoother line and flattering bust shape.
Our recent fires have been contained and after 10 days of thick choking smoke, we can see some patches of blue sky. With over 2,300 homes destroyed displacing over 6,000 residents, our valley has a huge job of clean-up and rebuilding. Here is a 4 minute video explaining how destructive and how fast it moved with little time to escape.
Mild green chilis:
Swiss chard, raspberries and blueberries:
And the birds are harvesting the last of the sunflower seeds before winter comes.
Feeling so grateful to have a home and being safe during the Covid 19 virus. Soon we here in the US will have the second wave of infections as we track the rising numbers in Europe. Maybe sewing is our only escape?