Friday, May 29, 2020

A Bridesmaid Dress

Hello Readers. I hope you are well during this Corona/Covid-19 virus quarantine/stay-cation/ isolation. Whatever you want to call it, it is disruptive and annoying and causing trouble for all of us. Some people are sick, some are working to exhaustion, and some are out of work and scared... it goes on and on.
Today's post is about a bridesmaid dress. I started this dress before the stay-at-home order came out. This dress was for a wedding that was scheduled during the shut-down. I didn't want to post about it until I knew what was going to happen with the wedding. Don't worry, They got married. It was not the wedding they originally planned. Only immediate family was there. Friends were out in the parking lot ready to cheer and wave (from a distance) at the happy couple when they left the church.

This dress needed to be a bit shorter so this bridesmaid could walk down the isle safely. It was also very low cut in the front. Too low cut. But this clever bridesmaid had an idea. A great idea to fix this dress.

The only fabric I had to work with was this long narrow strip of fabric from the bottom of the dress.This is what I cut off the bottom of the dress when I hemmed it and made it shorter. What could I do with this narrow strip of fabric?

The bridesmaid suggested layering pieces of fabric at an angle and filling in that low cut bodice. I was impressed with her idea.Very impressed.

I connected some pieces and inserted them into the dress. It was easy in theory but the slippery fabric was a challenge to work with.The picture below is of the inside of the dress while I was working on it.

Here is a look at the added fabric from the outside. It made the dress more modest and comfortable for the bridesmaid. Using the fabric from the skirt made it a perfect match.

I don't have a picture of the bridesmaid because the wedding had to be so much smaller. She didn't get to wear this dress at all. But when she wants to wear it.... she is ready.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


KD said...

Ingenious idea for filling in a too-low neckline! And what a beautiful execution! One day this elegant dress will get worn!

So many life events have not happened as anticipated. Most every person on this planet has been affected by the pandemic, and our hearts go out to those who have experienced tragedies, serious illnesses, and severe hardships. Those of us who, so far, have only been inconvenienced, can be thankful for that. We are facing a new normal, which seems to change all the time. It's unnerving. We know we can adapt, but it would be nice to know what we need to adapt for. We'll figure that out over the next few years!

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks for the comment KD! I think you are right, we are all dealing with a new way to d things and some are really dealing with loss.
I think and hope it will get better.