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Altering a Bridesmaid dress that is too small

9 Sep

bridesmaid dress 1These views are before the dress was altered, showing what the dress should have looked like. However it was much to small for the client wearing it. The zipper would not zipper at all. Also the neck line was too high, cutting into the collar bones.

This view with the dress on the dressform gives an idea of how much room was needed in the dress.

This view with the dress on the dressform gives an idea of how much room was needed in the dress.

In order to solve the problem with the high neck line I added several inches in the shoulder seam on either side as shown below.

 

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Thankfully the side seams had a large amount of seam allowance. Therefore with the allowance on the zipper seam and side seams I had just enough to let the dress out. When it was finished it fit perfectly!

Back zipper after alteration

Back zipper after alteration

Shoulder after beading was sewn on
Shoulder after beading was sewn on

Front view on completion

Front view on completion

 

 

Flag Bag

22 Aug
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Flag Bag

This bag is the carrying bag for the worship flags displayed in a previous post (click here). It has an adjustable shoulder strap, zippered pocket and drawstring top.

Wedding Dress Bustle from the outside

20 Aug
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Full length of the train

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My first bustle which I later moved the top button about six inches higher to pull the dress higher off the floor

I used a hook and eye to bustle the dress and sewed bridal buttons over the hook and eye for better eye appeal.

 

Up close view of the bustle connection

Up close view of the bustle connection

Back view of the dress still too long

Back view of the dress still too long

The outer layer of chiffon hung long even after I bustled the train, so I had to creatively compensate for this.

Final outcome

Final outcome

On either side seam of the chiffon I hand-stitched a hook and attached the corresponding eye to the hem of the chiffon about a foot closer to the back than the side seam.

As the rule of thumb, I don’t know that there is any correct way to bustle a dress. Use your creativity and work with the bride’s wishes.

 

Slipcover out of extra drapes

19 Aug

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This slipcover made of from an extra set of drapes which the client had from a previous home.  I used the existing seams in the drapes which were perfectly aligned in this patterned fabric.

Cutest Slip Cover

8 Aug
Chair without cover

Chair without cover

Front view of slipcover. Natural colored denim with black piping.

Front view of slipcover. Natural colored denim with black piping.

Side view of slipcover

Side view of slipcover