Tracy Popken

TIMELESS STYLE

Heirloom Wedding Dress Part Two

Tracy Popken
When we left off, Angela's family heirloom wedding dress was too tight and not flattering, but deeply meaningful.

After cutting off the last 14" of the very long train and re-hemming it, I separated the bodice from the skirt, and took apart the back of the bodice.  Then I compared the dress's measurements to Angela's and made pattern pieces that would add two panels to the back of the dress, one on each side of the center back zipper.   

The skirt is all gathers, so it was easy to release some of them to make the skirt match the new waist circumference.  And the original waist line was too low, so I re-sewed the skirt higher onto the bodice than before.

 
The original dress was not a flattering fit, but worth working on.

Next came the sleeves.  Which I removed, cut into a capped sleeve, and resewed higher onto her shoulder.  And...Voila!

The skirt is all gathers, so it was easy to release some of them to make the skirt match the new waist circumference.  And the original waist line was too low, so I re-sewed the skirt higher onto the bodice than before.

Next came the sleeves.  Which I removed, cut into a capped sleeve, and resewed higher onto her shoulder.  And...Voila!


After all of our changes to the waist, hem, armhole, and sleeves.  She looks wonderful! 

 

Yes, cell phone photos in romantic mood lighting turn out grainy, but I still love it.  It was such a lovely night!!

Overall, this was such a great project not only because of the meaningful results, but also the wonderful people involved. This is also the only client wedding I've ever attended! The entire family is so wonderful, and the big day was absolutely beautiful!