A friend who was getting married earlier this month asked me to do her wedding dress alterations. It was a three part job: hem the front skirts shorter, create a 5-point bustle for the back, and shorten the shoulder straps. The hemming was basic, and the bustling routine, but the shoulders were interesting, and would make a good tutorial.
SHORTENING SHOULDER STRAPS ON A LINED AND BEADED GOWN
Two important notes. First, when I cut the lace which overlay the original seam, I had to also cut through the threads sewing some beads and sequins on. I gently pulled the sequins and beads off so they wouldn't bulk up the new seam allowances, and tied off the threads so the beads still on the gown wouldn't fall away. Second, I didn't trim the seam allowances down, because a future bride might have a longer torso, and the future seamstress might need those seam allowances to make the shoulder straps long again! For the same reason, I put the leftover sequins and beads in a little baggie and kept them with the dress.
THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE
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