Wedded Bliss!

Thank you for your sweet emails and congrats on our daughter’s wedding! It was a wonderful day! The weather was perfect and the ceremony divine While we’re still waiting for the photographer to give us the photos (how long do they usually take? It’s been about 6 weeks), I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of…

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How To Shorten Shoulder Straps on Your Dress or Top

When your dress or top needs to be taken up at the shoulders, the process is not difficult. Often, my customers will tell me to just stitch across the strap and cut off the excess. Yes, you can do a version of that, but it seldom looks professional. Many times, that procedure won’t work because…

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How To Add a Corset Back to Your Wedding Dress

Have you found the perfect dress, but it won’t zip up in back? It looks and fits great everywhere else, but you just can’t zip it up? Well, here’s an alteration you can do to fix that problem. I’ll show you how to add a corset back to your wedding dress (or any dress) and…

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Beads on a Gown…..Removing and Reattaching

Many of you out there have been asking me how to take off beads and reattach them. I don’t have a “rocket science” answer, but I’ll tell you what works for me. I just begin by assessing the area where they are to be removed. If I am taking in the side seams or bust of a…

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How To Sew a Partial Hem

There are many instances where you may need to sew just part of a hem. Maybe you have a skirt that is uneven, too long in the front or back, or maybe you have pants with the same problem. Today, I am going to use this bridal gown to illustrate how to sew a partial hem.…

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Shortening a Zipper From the Top

In all my years of altering clothes, I had never thought of altering a zipper from the top. Usually, when a dress doesn’t zip all the way up, there are three things I might do. First, I try to let out the side seams at the bust area. If that doesn’t give me enough room,…

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Putting Bustles On Your Wedding Gown

UPDATE 11/12/09: Read this post all the way to the end and then go back and read Making French Bustles, Even Easier Than Before for a shortcut on one of the steps. You’ll be glad you did! I have been altering wedding gowns for 25 years now, beginning with my own, 25 years ago! One…

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