Here are some photos of what NOT to buy when searching for your dream dress. If your dress has been tried on a million times and the whole side of the zipper is hanging loose with no hook and eye…walk away.
If you can shove your fingers through the ripped zipper opening…walk away.
If the label has been removed and also any sizing or fabric content tags...walk away. With no label, I could not give you a website link.
These are just some of the obvious problems but if the salesperson tells you that if you don’t buy this dress today, someone else will snap it up tomorrow…walk away. If they tell you that it is a $2000 dress reduced to $1700…smile and walk away.
Inside some dresses there are built-in elastic bra-type straps at the waist. To make this one side fit her body, I pinned out all the excess on each side. Another clue that your dress has been tried on by many others. There are boning strips sewn to the elastic for support.
Once the safety pins were removed after measuring the proper length, it should be 6 inches but it is almost double that in a saggging mess.
The side seam of the lining will be opened and all the excess will be shoved through and the rest trimmed away.
Just checking the zipper tape and moving it over about 1/2 inch, you can see the holes left by the previous stitching and how stretched out they have become…why? Well, it is back to all those other brides trying to stuff themselves into this dress…zippers cannot handle that abuse!!!
Once the zipper is moved over, I can stitch close to the old stitching catching the tape with the loops too.
Then everything is folded to the inside and stitched flat again for extra supprt.
Let’s tackle the shoulder seams…I have to deduct 3 inches from each side…that seems like a lot and it is. The first basting was 1.5 inches and then I had to go back and increase it to 3. The back view is stunning even with the loose zipper.
The back straps are sheer while the front straps are lined, so all should look like the original when done.
All the beads and sequins will have to be removed and lifted and this French seam opened up to reduce all the bulk. No bride wants to look like she has lumpy lace epaulets on her shoulders.
The sheer base is exposed.
All the lace motifs will be lifted and removed.
After taking in the shoulder seam 3 inches, the seam allowance is divided with the solid going towards the lined front. The sheer is flipped to the back and all hand stitched down.
The original large flower motif is returned and hand stitched down.
Then there is the hem…ahh yes, with 3 inch wide horsehair braid attached to the hem seam and the lining at the top edge. Nothing as tedious as removing this stuff anf re-attaching it 5 inches higher up. Once all the red thread basting has been done, the machine stitiching of satin layer and lining has been done, then that horsehair braid is stitched 1/4 inch away from the new hem edge/seam.
You can see the two rows of stitching and the trimming away about 1 inch away and removed. Now to tuck everything back inside the skirt and finish.
Reaching inside the skirt through the side seam lining, I can pin the top edge to the lining.
Ready for stitching and closing up the side seam.
Stitching between the pins and going by “feel”.
What’s left now??? How about this train?
A one-point bustle works well and the organza layer over the top of the satin layer has been narrow hemmed to just cover the hem edge.
To brighten your Easter/Passover, I wanted to share this photo of my orchid. It has been trying to make a bud and flower for the past 3 years. There are 8 more on the stem ready to open this week…so happy to have not given up and tossed it out!!!
Wishing you all a blessed week to celebrate Spring and for those who are still waiting to get their vaccination…we all have to be patient!!!