Here is a late season bridal gown that needed lots of tightening up:
Here is the side view with the bride holding her dress up and a practice bustle. You can see that her skirt is too long by the width of the 3 inch wide horsehair braid. It would have been very expensive to remove it and make the whole front shorter as this hem was embroidered through to the braid.
The back strap was way too loose so the buttons needed to be moved over about one inch.
The top waist of the skirt was also too large and I made darts in both sides
Checking the position of the hook and eye shows that when hooked together, the laps would not come together nicely. Also being chrome, they would not look nice.
New white hooks and better positioning, see how much farther over the hook had to be to close properly?
Marking the center of the new waist dart:
Both darts are hand basted before machine stitching through all that bulk.
After all the darts have been made, they can easily be opened up if the next bride needs the extra ease as I don’t trim away any fabric, just hand tack it flat inside.
Here are more ugly chrome hooks and eyes. They will be replaced by white ones one the buttons are moved over.
For a little extra boost, we added bigger bust pads on top of the flat original ones.
Holding the 5 point bustle train to feel the weight.
Under the train is the knit lining train that will be bustled up too.
Now the bodice fits nice and tight, bust cups filled and after sewing on the bustle buttons and back strap buttons, everything is ready. The bride will just have to be careful walking with that long front skirt. The bustle does clear the floor and when the bride is wearing her shoes, it won’t catch on any leaves or twigs.
As the bridal season winds down and we are still stuck with higher Covid numbers in our valley, less and less weddings are being held.
We are looking forward to getting our booster vaccination as it has been 6 months since the second one was given. I have to say that with all the claims from anti-vaxers that my body will become a huge magnet…it is very disappointing to find that my car keys will not stick to my hips when I wear clothes without pockets!!! Maybe things will change once I get the next shot…fingers crossed!
If any of you are into British history, here is a blog post about layers of old wallpaper found in an old derelect house: https://spitalfieldslife.com/2021/10/27/the-wallpaper-of-spitalfields-x/
Hope your Halloween festivities bring good weather and lots of little monsters to your door!