Everyone in the Greater Cleveland area knows that I sew. (OK, maybe not everyone....) So they bring me their mending challenges. This gorgeous dress was brought to me by an acquaintance. Her daughter attends Chardon High School - where the terrible school shootings occurred. Everyone in the city voted for this school to receive a free prom at the Rock n Roll Museum downtown. And the kids certainly deserve to have fun!
The beautiful layers of chiffon were seamed together in a most challenging way. It was not a simply turn and pin fitting. It took me two hours and I was still not confident I had it right. The good thing about the lalyers is that it is forgiving. There is so much movement that you can't tell if it's slightly uneven. But I had to remove the bottom of all the seams all the way around so that I could do a narrow hem. It took me an entire day to cut and baste.
Boy, do I have a lot to learn. I wish I was one of those old babushka ladies that could mend anything. How did they learn? Did they work at dressmaker shops or bridal shops? I like to take on challenges because I always learn something new. But removing 8" from a dress like this was hard. Would it have been better to remove it at the waist and chop there? I'd love to hear any tips you might have on mending a dress like this. And tips on pinning, too! I basically took the dress and cut it at the floor because it was simply too hard to pin 8" up - especially with all the folds. The dress is stunning on the young lady. It's strapless (and not sitting on the form very well.)
And, oops, I did it again.....this one does not have the pleated layers. It did have a train. Again, the pinning of the hem was a challenge. Mom helped. I first cut, then we turned and pinned and still we don't feel we have it even. There are two layers of lining and one top chiffon-like layer. I haven't started this one yet....