Category Archives: challenges

Finding Three Inches

What’s a seamstress to do when the client arrives crying with a dress cut off too short? The story involves a bridal salon who swears they took the correct measurements before ordering the custom made Casablanca gown. Once the gown … Continue reading

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All That Glitters

When you dress in gold, you get noticed. This week, I got a frantic call from a mother of the bride with a request. It seems she ordered a gold sequined dress for some girls to be hostesses at the … Continue reading

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Brides Helping Brides

While I had heard about this organization in the past, I had never worked on a dress that came from their collection. “Brides for a Cause” is more than a bridal store – it’s a bridal store to raise funds … Continue reading

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Make My Dream Dress

Can one turn a $299 David’s Bridal gown into a $5,400 Monique Lhuillier designer gown with a keyhole back and cap sleeves? Here is what the bride started with, flat lace and 1/2 inch wide lace edging: and here is … Continue reading

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Bride includes the Groom

For the first time ever, I had a bride include the groom in her preparations! It seems he likes to dress up and wear pocket squares for an accent of color so she asked me if I would make some … Continue reading

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Busted

The most requested alteration other than a hem or a sweetheart neckline is to the bust. Brides want to look voluptuous even if they are not. So when I explain that the very un-natural rounded shape of the boned bust … Continue reading

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Salmon Run

No, I’m not talking about the seasonable spawning of fish in our local rivers…this week the salmon relates to bridesmaid dresses…some good some bad. While most dresses come with boning and all sorts of structure to make them look good … Continue reading

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