Looking back over the bridal gowns of 2020, most of them were normal, restrained and could possibly be used or altered to be worn again for different events.
But not this one!!!
This dress is Yocelyn by Wtoo and it is described as:
This wedding dress features a tiered ball gown skirt with horsehair layers, a sweetheart neckline, and the option of a grosgrain ribbon or horsehair belt for the waist.
It reminded me of an upside-down pink cupcake. First look under the top skirt reveals lots of layers all wrinkled from being in a shipping box. Normally I offer to press the dress for free and have it ready for the ceremony…but not this time.
Can you see the layers are all edged with 3 inch wide horsehair braid…lots of wrinkles and tucks that will have to be steamed out with my pressure iron.
Once the top layer is lifted, we try for a bustle configuration…will three be enough? Hold that thought…
With the lower skirts pinned up, the top skirt covers everything…what a relief!
But let’s get busy with the Hi-Steam mini boiler generator iron and smash those wrinkles, folds and tucks shall we…fill the reservoir with one quart of distilled water and wait to produce enough steam to shoot across the room…thank goodness it is a cool winter day and not the middle of summer! As the humidity level in my sewing room rises and beads of sweat from on my top lip and under my chin…I count the layers.
Starting with the lowest layer, the lining and working my way up to the top embroidered layer.
Fifteen layers done and I check the clock…2 hours have passed and I am dripping wet but the dress is wrinkle-free!
Another issue with this dress is the top edge of the bodice…that usual problem of too much dress and not enough boobage…push up pads are installed over the original ones along with the twill tape trick to snug in an inch for each cup. I have placed instructions on how I do this on the home page.
Once the dress is pressed and all the layers have settled down, adding 2 more bustle points gets the back skirt up very evenly all around.
Here are the many layers of netting and tulle holding the skirts out and proud. The tulle layers have been trimmed to just floor level.
Here are the final bustle points with clear buttons and loops to follow. Every button and loop will be backed with smaller backer buttons to hold the weight. What looks airly and light is rarely weightless…to the contrary…these suckers can really weigh a lot!
Every point is sewn through multiple layers of the 15 so the thickness has to be figured in as well.
The final front view is worth all the labor. When the horsehair belt is tied over the grosgrain belt, it will be perfect!
Now all that is left to do is to stuff this puppy into a garment bag…but wait…it will never fit a regular bag will it? We searched around and found this one on Amazon that had 24 inch wide panels on both sides. The dress is being flown 3000 miles to the wedding venue on the East Coast so I hope that someone has a steamer when it gets there!
Maybe some of you know about the movement of women wearing pearls on Jan 20 to celebrate the inauguation of Kamala Harris. No matter where you live or if you cannot attend the momentous gathering in DC, you can show your support for our new Vice President.
I’ll be digging out my collection of pearls for sure and wearing them with pride in honor of all the women who have passed and went before me paving the way for equality and justice…Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Shirley Chisolm, Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou.
Stay safe everyone, wear your mask and social distance….we can beat this Covid with vaccines and common sense!