Friday, September 27, 2013


Well I've been busy with wedding alterations. I love doing bridal alterations.  Why do you ask?  Because I love getting underneath these beautiful gowns --- I've learned so much about professional garment industry construction this way!!!!  Take these bra cups...I've seen them and never used them.  It was neat seeing how they were inserted in this bridesmaids gown. They are sewn directly to the foundation of the dress.  They will be sandwiched between the foundation piece and the lining. They appear to be only good for small/medium bust women.

Now this gown, was very well made.  It has a foundation and waistline stay, both with bra-like closures.  I had to take it in the side bodice seams and reattach the boning.  I also bustled the dress.  I did an under bustle with 3 ties.  Her shoe heels were so high I didn't have to hem it. 

bustled gown

Happy client, dress drafted in Wildginger.  Used a white poly shantung from Oriole Textiles, NY.  She wanted a dress inspired by this dress from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.

This was a very simple dress.  The dress fabric was so similar to the lining, some kind of taffeta.  I hemmed it and removed the train from the back.  The belt in the middle was a long tie sash,  I shortened it and added snaps.  She could not zip the dress past small of her back!  So luckily there was enough fabric in the side seams to allow for me to let it out.  Turned out great, another happy customer!

3 down, 2 more to go....until next time!!!!!


Faye Lewis said...

You are so brave - I wouldn't touch a wedding dress with a 10 ft pole.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

I wouldn't alter one either :)

mrsmole said...

Altering wedding gowns every day is my life and I still look on it as a treasure hunt after 40 years. Just to see that big smile on her face at the end and take a photo of her perfect bustle is so special. You have to realize that you have been a most important part of her wedding for without your skill and hard work and thoughtfulness she may have not had the dress of her dreams!

Tee said...

Exactly, Mrs. Mole! The joy in the faces of my clients when I say sure I can let out or take in seams; change the color of a sash remove or add sleeves; shorten sleeves or a hem or remove a train; bustle a dress so that they can comfortably dance the night away or even make them a beautiful gown when the one they want doesn't come in their size is so satisfying! I hope to retire in a couple of years and do this full time!

Sheila said...

I agree you are so brave and do beautiful work.