I would like to ask you, knowledgable sewists about my latest adventure in alterations. Please bear with me, I am new to this and trying to learn from books. I would appreciate you expert advice, however.
1.This princess line wedding dress was too snug on my frined,around the waist part the dress just bunched up(the waistline did not lie smooth). I figured, the bodice was fitted too long, besides being too tight, and I would have to let it out and fit it higher. Was I right?
2.The shoulder part was sticking up the air. I had to lower it by about 1/2″ to fit nicely. In order to turn the dress inside out, so that I can stitch on the wrong side, I opened the sideseams and the center backseam. This way, I could pull the dress through the shoulder easily, since it was basically in parts, and the stitch(shoulder seam, around neck and armscye+understitching) would not show on the right side. Was I right, or is there another, simpler way to do this?
3. No brainer (so I thought) hem alteration, but after I figured out how to stiffen the hem ( I used narrow bias wigan, I think that’s what it is called), it came out nice.
My friend has not picked up the dress yet, but I am basically happy, that I was able to put it back together and it looks better, than before. That understitching really helped to keep the lining from peaking out at the neckline.
I would appreciate any input and happy stitching,