Category Archives: challenges

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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Battle of the Bulge

A little advice to future brides: NEVER buy your dress a year in advance. Here is why… 1. The groom backs out…you are stuck with the dress 2. The groom makes you pregnant…you cannot fit into the dress and delay … Continue reading

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Heavy Metal Bride

Every day that the phone rings I hope that it will be a new bride with a simple alteration…OK…that’s just me the “ultimate optimist”. So this next dress was a little difficult for the mother to describe over the phone. … Continue reading

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Hike me up, Judy

Phil Davis portrayed the deliciously nasty moneylender Mr. Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House a few years back.  Here is a YouTube video of his granddaughter, Judy, shaking (hiking) him up: Bleak House.  My UK viewers may … Continue reading

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