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!
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….
In my mind you are one of those” babushka ladies”…(notice I left the old part out)! You are my sewing idol….really, you don’t give yourself enough credit. Beautiful dresses – so classic…I love the pink one! I have to hem my daughter’s prom dress…it is only two layers and nothing tricky so now I am feeling more confident! Her prom is this weekend so I have to get going on it! Keep reviealing your great creations! My Sara re-made a dress this past week and it came out adorable (see blog)…reminded me of just what you can do with all those outdated clothes that just hang in the closet, Keep revealing all your fabulous creations! I love seeing them!
Such pretty dresses! You will get it all figured out!