Hem #3….and counting……………

For those of you remotely interested on how this is progressing……….IMG_6432    The “horsehair” hem braid is reapplied…IMG_6434   The excess satin fabric is trimmed, the hem folded up and pressed………..IMG_6433    and I will tack the braid at the seams to secure, resulting in a hem that has no stitches showing on the right side. This finish, also, gives support for the fabric at the bottom edge when there are one, or more, layers on top of that one. Just a technical FYI…..the dress was constructed with this hem done before this satin layer and its lining were applied to the bodice. The seam allowances and braid were inside the 2 layers, without any hem stitching showing. So cool……luv commercial techniques/processes!!!! However, I was not going to take the dress apart to achieve the same results so, hem #4 will be the (now free) lining to this layer. TMI?????? Stay tuned…..to be continued…………………


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Hem #3….and counting……………

  1. Mary Nelson says:

    All I can say is “wouldn’t your rather be quilting?” I would. So much work. There is reason bridal shops get the big $$$ for this type of alteration.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Most bridal shops don’t have “in-house” alterations any longer ( you possibly know that I was in that capacity at The Wedding Tree/LaX for many years…bridal gowns only). I enjoy the challenge of figuring out “How did they do it?” and doing a ‘fix’ that looks good. Had another quilt come in today!!! Hope to get the gown done tomorrow (wishful thinking, tho). 5 quilts “in the wings”!!!!!!! Taking vitamins………LOL!

  2. Raewyn says:

    Wow! You sure sound like you know what you’re doing!! I have to alter a bridesmaid’s dress or three in the coming months; not really looking forward to it!

    • treadlemusic says:

      If you have any questions on shortcuts/techniques, let me know. I did that kind of thing for a shop…and my own business!….for 20 years………..still luv the challenge!

  3. witchylin says:

    There are a lot of tricks of the trade I learnt altering wedding and prom dresses. The first wedding dress I made was of the meringue style with huge puffed sleeves. What a baptism of fire that was. After that I was prepared to try anything. 🙂

  4. kathyreeves says:

    That dress is something for sure! Hope we’re sending you some cooler temps…at least they seem cooler, feeling for everyone east of the River, the humidity sounds awful!

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