Thursday, June 09, 2011
I kind of chickened out of just tackling the dress on my own. I took it with me today to my Bernina dealer for some advice (I was hoping for more hands on help, too, but that didn't happen). I will have to cut quite a bit off the bottom of the underskirt and the top skirt. I would have liked to serge the underskirt, but they wouldn't let me use their machine and I don't care to lay out over 600$ today for a serger. I will figure this out. I did get a foot for my machine that will do the double fold and stitch it down all in one step. I had one of these for my old Singer (I think that was the machine) yrs ago, so have used one before. This is a handy machine foot...so I am glad to have it. I got the correct size needles and a matching thread. So...once I get over my nerves, we are good to go.
So, now I am home and the first step will be to get the measurements off the piece of paper where I marked it...figure the details and then mark the fabric before cutting. I am SO chicken about doing this to this lovely dress that belongs to someone I don't even know!!! Yikes!!
I have also been thinking about how I could take it in just a little for her in the bodice...this is really tailoring beyond my usual efforts. There is a zipper in the side seam...so I was thinking four very small darts evenly placed just to the front and back of each side seam (that is four total..not four in each spot) might be enough to do the trick. Then I also need to tack the spaghetti straps up about an inch and a half. How Stephanie ever thought this dress FIT her is beyond me!!!
I SO wish I had my camera...it is being repaired. I will see what I can do about getting a photo. I would love a photo of HER wearing the dress, but don't know if I can manage that! We shall see. I have till the 18th to get this done. Of course, I have nothing else on my agenda between now and then, right? LOL Yeah, right!!!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
While out in service last Saturday, I spotted a lovely evening gown hanging in a tree at a yard sale. Stopped to have a look since we are taking dancing lessons...and pretty dresses are welcome. I had thought perhaps to find something for my daughter. There were a number of gowns...in a variety of sizes. I found one I thought she would like and fit...and bought it for 10 dollars.
I couldn't get the others off my mind. It occurred to me later, that with those prices..even if daughter couldn't fit them, maybe others at the dancing lesson studio might be able to wear them. the prices were certainly reasonable (they aren't in perfect condition but easily corrected problems I think),
Today, I had to take DH's van to be inspected and get the registration renewed. I was right across the street from where that yard sale was. Couldn't resist...went back, knocked. A young woman came out...she and her Mom dug out the other gowns...I bought two more. Of course, we were talking all this time...Stephanie is selling the dresses because they are WAY too long for her. She said they all fit otherwise....but after seeing her...I KNOW they are ALL too big as well as too long. She is lovely...slim and petite...and probably should be wearing a size 0 or 2. Petite!
I pointed out that some of those dresses wouldn't be hard to take up. Neither she nor her Mom sew...at all. Stephanie said she looked into having it done for her, but she couldn't afford the seamstress. Big mouth me...kept saying it shouldn't be so hard to do!!! She brought out the dress she wants to wear for a wedding on June 18th. Long story short...she tried it on for me...(even top is too big) and it is about 7-9 inches too long. BUT, the two hems are so simple and basic. How could I NOT offer to help.
I now have her very pretty gown hanging in my back hall. I am taking DGD to tutoring Thurs and Fri...almost right next door to the Sewing Machine Station..where I bought my machine. I will take the dress in there with me for advice on Thursday. I am hopeful that I can use their serger to do the one hem and learn the best way to do the other one.
What really amazes me is that we don't know each other AT ALL. I know I am honest...and know my sewing limitations...but SHE doesn't know that..or anything else about me!!! Yet, I have her dress...and her hopes in my hands. (We did swap contact info!!) I will have to see if I can get pictures...my camera is in for repair so we will see what else I can do.
Well, I must say to myself: "HOW do I get myself INTO these things????
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