Bridal alterations for an expectant bride-to-be…job done!

What do you do if you have picked your dream bridal gown and then find out that your body shape is about to change?

plans for the bridal alterations
My original sketch for the alterations
In August 2014 a beautiful bride to be, Stacey, came to me in a bit of a quandary. Her wedding date was planned for November and she had already collected  her new wedding dress earlier in the year.  Not long after picking up the new gown she had discovered that she was pregnant and by the time she came to me her “mummy tummy” was joyfully evident.

The original dress, which she adored, was scattered with gorgeous lace motifs all over the skirt and the bodice was covered with full lace patterns.  Separating the skirt and bodice was a draped band over the natural waistline.  A zip and button closure featured on the V-shaped back of the dress.

However, in desperation Stacey decided to purchase a second dress, convinced that her dream waist-hugging dress was not an option.

When she tried on the replacement gown I tactfully suggested that it was not the one for her.  It just looked “tacky” and flimsy.  Stacey welcomed my advice when I assured her that her original dream dress could be rescued.

I was able to reassure her that remodeling the dress to fit her changing shape would come up trumps over the replacement dress.  It would be “fitted to flatter”.

What were the adjustments that we needed to make? 

The first thing that had to be done was to lift the natural waistline by about four inches to an empire bustline.  We then changed the zip closure to a lace-up back.  The side seams were let out to the maximum and the arm holes were scooped out. The shoulder seams were extended to allow the bustline to drop down in order to accommodate Stacey’s new bust size.

The original ruched waistband would have added unwelcome bulk to the higher waist so I replaced it with a plain waistband, stitched over the new empire line.  It was then finished off with feature bow placed strategically on the left side under the bust line.

Stacey looked fantastic on her wedding day and let me know how thrilled she was with the events of the day.  It has been an exciting few months for Stacey, firstly as a beautiful bride and then with the joy of arrival of her precious baby girl.

White Lace will ensure that your bridal alterations are done to the highest quality, precision and complete satisfaction.  If you would like to discuss the alterations you need, or would like a quote please contact Janice here.

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