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Bridal Gown Alterations

Janice P - August 2011

Janice wanted to have a halter look vs. shoulder straps

Janice P - August 2011

Close-up once halter straps were sewn in place to her liking

Janice P - August 2011

Close-up of bustle

Janice P - August 2011

A flirtatious look from Janice :-)

Janice P - August 2011

enjoying her altered gown

Janice P - August 2011

 

Janice P - August 2011

Pleased with the way the dress was fitting

Janice P - August 2011

Close-up of bustle.  the under skirt was short in order to accommodate the inverted "V" in the front.

Debra P - August 2011

A bride pleased with the final fit.

Debra P - August 2011

Close-up of the beaded appliqué that was added to the hips after the waist adjustment

Debra P - August 2011

Back view before dress was bustled

Debra P - August 2011

The one-point bustle that was requested

Debra purchased her dress while spending some time in Utah.  Her hope was for her daughter to wear it as well when she married so she ordered her gown in a longer length. 

In order to preserve the length and not touch the lace hem, the gown length had to be raised  through the waistline.  I kept as much fabric for seam allowance, pressing out, to provide a smooth look around her hips.

In addition, lace, beaded trim was purchased to go around her hips, which was applied after the length was altered.

The beaded shoulder straps needed to be shortened and a 1 point bustle was added.

Debra P - August 2011

A full view of the train before being bustled

Debra P - August 2011 Debra P - August 2011 Debra P - August 2011
Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011  Shannon & her mom 

Shannon arrived needed her alteration work done quickly.   For someone who had a lot going on in a short amount of time, she showed grace & style through it all.

The bustle was already done for this dress, when she purchased it in FL.  Not realizing that she had lost weight when she last had her dress on, my task was to take in the sides and zipper area in order for the dress to fit her well for her upcoming wedding.

Meeting her mom & seeing the relationship they had with one another, you could tell immediately where her beautiful personality came from.

Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011 Shannon H - July 2011
Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011

Leia requested a variety of changes to the dress.  In order to fit her slim figure, the dress needed to be taken in on the sides, at the zipper in back.

She also requested that some excess beaded trim be removed to give her dress a more simple look.

Once the main alterations were completed, the bustle was created with 15 points in order for it to look like a long length gown.  With this many points, a bride goes home with a bustle map for her and her maids so that it makes their job much easier when they arrive at the reception.

Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011
Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011 Leia B - July 2011

Making sure she can sit with the tight fit she desired

Stacy B - June 2011

The final fit & looking good!

Stacy B - June 2011

Side adjustments were made for a good fit

Stacy B - June 2011

Checking to make sure of a nice fit

Stacy B - June 2011

Not too tight and looking right!

Laurel K - June 2011

Bustle in place

Laurel K - June 2011

Train laid out before the bustle

Laurel K - June 2011

The dress doesn't look as though it has a bustle

Laurel K - June 2011

A close-up of the zipper where dress was taken in for a tighter fit

Front view of gown showing off the many chiffon layers.  A Beautiful gown!!

 A fun picture with dress fully out, and reflection in the mirror

Laurel K - June 2011 Laurel K - June 2011 Laurel K - June 2011 Laurel K - June 2011
Laurel K - June 2011

Laurel picked a fun dress to wear for her wedding.  

The silk Chiffon over layer and lining needed to be taken up in order for her not to trip on her special day.  I also needed to take it in at the zipper for a more snug fit, and bra cups were added.

The train had many points in order for it to be pulled up for a nice dress length for dancing and enjoying the reception, celebration of her wedding.

Laurel is another bride with who I found it to be a delight to work with.

Laurel K - June 2011 Laurel K - June 2011 Laurel K - June 2011

Sara needed the hems raised and taken in at the zipper for a nice fit.

Such an easy going bride.

Sara H - June 2011 Sara H - June 2011 Sara H - June 2011 Sara H - June 2011

Tanya saw this dress in the dress shop 8 yrs before her wedding day.  Now that she was getting married it was time to get it hemmed and altered to fit her right.

In order to match the golden ivory color, I made a trip to NYC's Fashion District where I found an exact match for the corset and ties.

Tanya P - May 2011

A bride delighted she can now wear her dream dress she purchased years in advance

Tanya P - May 2011

The button down back before corset added

Tanya P - May 2011

Corset tied and ready for preview

Tanya P - May 2011

Corset opened some in preparation for Tanya to try on for her fitting.

Tanya P - May 2011

Close up of bustle points along with the new corseted back

Tanya P - May 2011

The beautiful train before being bustled

Tanya P - May 2011

Tanya's maid of honor putting the bustle up for her.

Tanya P - May 2011

The bustle in place

Now this was a fun bustle!

12 pts & colorful & Holly loved it!

Holly F - April 2011 Holly F - April 2011

Dress Bustled & close-up of sides taken in

Holly F - April 2011

Another view of her bustle

Holly F - April 2011

Train fully laid out

Holly F - April 2011

What a fun dress with an elegant flow

Holly F - April 2011 Holly F - April 2011

Close-up of a nice fit & pleased bride

Holly F - April 2011
Tara F - April 2011

Take in sides 2" for a better fit

Tara F - April 2011 Tara F - April 2011 Tara F - April 2011

A bride delighted with the final fit

Tara F - April 2011

Close-up after sides were taken in and bra cups inserted

Tara F - April 2011

Removed train so Tara would not have to worry about a bustle on her destination wedding

Tara F - April 2011 

Close-up of zipper adjustment

Tara F - April 2011

Close-up of side seam taken in

Robyn D - April 2011

Adjusted straps for a better fit

Robyn D - April 2011

I needed to take in the sides of the dress (one being an invisible zipper), adjust bodice sides and work with the adjusted straps.

Robyn D - April 2011

The back view once the work was completed

Robyn D - April 2011

Crystal arrived needing her dress taken in at the zipper, hems taken up on the chiffon overlay and linings along with providing her with a bustle that flowed nicely.

Close-up of 5 point bustle that was brought up to provide an elegant drape at the waist

Also, close-up of zipper adjustment

Crystal S - March 2011 Crystal S - March 2011 Crystal S - March 2011 - Bustled Crystal S - March 2011 - Before Bustle
 

From Mom to Daughter - passing down her bridal gown.

Libby came to me in January 2010 desiring to wear her mother's wedding gown.  She wanted it to be more in line with today's style.  With a little bit of time and working together, Libby was able to wear her mother's gown, using only the materials from the original dress.

Libby's bridal gown BEFORE the removal of lace and reworking to refashion it into her dream gown with today's style in mind..

From full back coverage to a lovely "V" opening in the back.  In an effort to avoid using any new materials, I took the metal zipper and shortened it after adjusting the full back to the new elegant back feature.

Libby and her mom after all the alteration/refashioning work was completed.  It was such a delight to meet Libby's mom who drove down from ME to provide feedback.
Libby H - Aug 2011 - her lovely smile only adds to the beauty of her dress. Libby H - Aug 2011 - Close up of bodice front changes Libby H - Aug 2011 - Back view Libby H - Aug 2011 - Full length side

1st I removed all the neckline lace and netting so that all the lace could be re-used.  The only thing not used was the netting.

(Left) Before - high neckline and full zippered closure in back

(Right) After - A more modern and elegant transformation to meet the style preference of the bride.

 

Both Libby and I were so delighted that we could use all the trim from the original dress.  There were a few small pieces that Libby wasn't sure what she would use them for, but they were perfect size for a shadow box or scrapbook!

Libby H - Aug 2011 Libby H - Aug 2011 Libby H - Aug 2011
Lizette B - Feb 2011

A very happy bride

Lizette B - Feb 2011

Her down to earth personality & charm made working with Lizette a pure delight.

Lizette B - Feb 2011

Took beaded lace sides in for a better fit

Lizette B - Feb 2011

The zipper had to be taken in as well, and with this dress, it had buttons to pull the closure tight, so buttons & looping had to be removed & replaced with this alteration.

Traci S - Oct 2010

Bodice after modesty panel was created /added.  This was made so it could be removed if Traci wanted.

Traci S - Oct 2010

A very low cut bodice, in which Traci was not quite comfortable dancing with.

Traci S - Oct 2010

The train before the bustle

Traci S - Oct 2010
Traci S - Oct 2010

A very beautiful bride who is extremely happy with the results.

Traci S - Oct 2010

A close-up of the 3-pt bustle

Traci S - Oct 2010

Bustle in place provides a beautiful look

Traci S - Oct 2010

The back of the dress showing the full length of the dress with the bustle up.

Amanda on her wedding day Oct 14, 2010 Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010 Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010 Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010

Amanda W Amanda needed to have her dress taken in at the zipper, where there was a lot of beading, along with securing the hook in back. In addition, Amanda only needed one layer of the lining hemmed to avoid tripping. The outer tulle layers were perfect for her needs.

Amanda is also a dance instructor at

Dance Because...It's Ballroom

..in Manchester NH.  If you are looking to have a special dance prepared for your special day, she is the one to go to!!  My husband and I take occasional lessons from her.  From our experience, we find her a delight and joy to work with and very patient. 

Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010

Close-up of work on taking zipper in showing how things all matched up nicely

Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010

She looks so beautiful

Amanda W - Oct 14, 2010

Close-up of work with Amanda in the dress

 

Sonja D - Sept 2010

Added sleeves to her dress, that she provided from when she purchased her wedding gown

Train fully laid out.

Sonja D - Sept 2010

One point bustle per her request

Sonja D - Sept 2010

Check to make sure bustle will stay in place

Sonja D - Sept 2010

Also secured snaps & hook'n eyes where corset attaches inside the dress.

Samantha D - Sept 2010 Wedding

Customer needed her dress re-altered with only a week before her wedding, and it still needed to be sent to the dry cleaner. The bride was extremely stressed.  

Samantha D - Sept 2010 Wedding

I was able to adjust her shoulder straps to allow her dress to fit her better w/o the worry of them falling off,

Samantha D - Sept 2010 Wedding

...added a wristlet vs. a bustle, take in the back zipper to provide her the look she was desiring, and fixed a side seam that was off.

Samantha D - Sept 2010 Wedding

It was very rewarding to see her delightful smile and hear her delightful sigh of relief when she finished getting her dress on.

Eustacia - Sept 2010 Eustacia - Sept 2010 Eustacia - Step 2010 Eustacia - Sept 2010

Eustacia - Sept 2010

Eustacia's dress needed to be taken in at both the front and back shoulder seams, as pinned during her fitting, to reduce excess in sleeves. Some beading was removed to reduce bulk in the front.

Due to loose beading, I secured beads on the back of the dress.

Due to the sleeve style, the customer used double-sided tape to keep sleeves in place at wedding.

Eustacia - Sept 2010 Eustacia - Sept 2010 Eustacia - Sept 2010 Eustacia - Sept 2010
Amanda M

August 2010

Amanda came to me after realizing that her dress was too small and hopeful that I would be able to create a new corset for her.

After procuring the necessary materials (matching satin material and boning) a corset was made creating a perfect fit that delighted Amanda, her mom and grandmother.

Amanda M - A lovely fit Amanda M - New Corset before installation Amanda M - A close-up view of her new corset tied in place.
Stephanie M - July 2010

A beautiful fit - bra cups added to prevent need to find a bra that worked w/her gown

Stephanie M - July 2010

Side view with bustle up

Stephanie M - July 2010

Back view with bustle up

Stephanie M - July 2010

Wanting to see how the veil would look

Jacqueline V - August 2010 Jacqueline M - August 2010 Jacqueline V - August 2010 Jacqueline V - August 2010
Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lining & overlay hem to shorter length

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lining & overlay hem to shorter length

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Silk Dress w/lining Hemmed

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Hem & adjust kick pleat

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

shorten elastic at top of blouse, in back, by 3"

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

shorten elastic at top of blouse, in back, by 3"

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Jacket added after dress alteration

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Jacket added after dress alteration

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lined chiffon dress hemmed

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lined chiffon dress hemmed

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lined chiffon dress hemmed

Nancy Broom - June 2010

Honeymoon Trousseau

Lined chiffon dress hemmed

Lisa S - August 2010

2nd marriage - pregnant bride

Alterations needed 

Needed to shorted the sleeves so that they laid comfortably on her shoulders, needed to take in the sides at the bodice, removed boning due to discomfort and bending on the back.  This dress was from J Crew and have a lovely silk lining and chiffon outer layer.  It was a beautiful choice for a pregnant bride.

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Lisa with her two daughters who also had their dresses altered.  Such a lovely family.

Lisa S - August 2010 Lisa S - August 2010

Erin S - June 2010

Erin S - June 2010 

.Sides were taken in.   Bra cups were added

Erin S - June 2010

In order for the embroidery not to be hidden, the chosen bustle was done underneath by creating a 9-point bustle.

Erin S - June 2010

Dress with full train extended

Erin S - June 2010

Close-up after sides were taken in.

Erin S - June 2010

Close up of corset - needed to shorten corset ribbon so that it did not trail behind.

Erin S - June 2010

Back of dress w/bustle done

Erin S - June 2010

View of dress, side view w/bustle done

Sept 2009 - Johanna G

Johanna desired to have a train that allowed a loose look, which her chiffon overlay created for you.  5 bustle points, using loops, were needed in order to create the look Johanna was looking for.  

To be conservative, Johanna only requested that I create her bustle, and she did the other minor adjustments needed on her sleeves.  In addition, she was able to find shoes, with the right height, to avoid needing her dress hemmed.

I love my brides who want to be different! Johanna was having red accents for her wedding.  To add to the excitement and comfort for the day, she wore red/white sneakers :-)

 
 
Sarah W - August 2009

Front view showing hem of all layers, bodice repair, & zipper adjustment while removing/reapplying lace beaded trim.

Sarah W - August 2009

Laura hooking bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Requested/Approved bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Train before bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Measuring for bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Measuring for bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Laura working on the bustle

Sarah W - August 2009

Final look of requested 3 pt bustle after steamed & ready for fitting

The neckline was too long, so in order to make it fit appropriately, I removed the buttons and extended tab off, shortened the strap, then replacing the tab and buttons.  A perfect fit!

 

Liz - July 2009 Liz - July 2009

After sharing a few different bustle views during the 1st fitting, the bustle of choice that Liz decided on was the one pt bustle.

Liz - July 2009

2 layer hem w/tulle layers

Liz - July 2009

A very happy bride

Since Liz only wanted the one bustle point, the hook and loop were given extra stability to provide a stronger hold for dancing.  My hooks and loops are generally very difficult to remove to begin with, but I provided extra hold since the dress was extremely heavy.  My desire is to provide what the bride wants, along with being happy with it at the time of her fitting, but also during her wedding celebration.  Thank you to Liz's dad, Earl, for providing these photo's.

June 2009

Wedding Alterations

July 3rd '09 Wedding

Bride asked that photo's not be taken of herself in her gown.

  Close-up of bustle Full view of bustle Side view of bustle
June 2009 - Yayoi - Wedding Alterations July 1st, 2009 Wedding

Yayoi brought her dress to me to have the hem brought up 1 1/2".  In doing so, she also requested that I give her a under-bustle.  The purpose of the bustle is to allow her to walk on the beach, w/o the drag of the train behind her.  She plans to undo the bustle for posed wedding photo's.

Hemmed lining layer, one tulle layer, as well as dress.  No other alterations were needed.  The dress fits Yayoi beautifully.

  Yayoi - July 2009 - Full Under bustle Yayoi - July 2009 - Full Under bustle Gown displayed, ready for final fitting.

Yayoi - July 2009

Far Left - Train before bustle

Immediate Left - Train pulled under making Yayoi's dress fuller in the back as requested for her bustle.

Yayoi - July 2009

Close-up of Front Hem

 

Yayoi - July 2009 Yayoi - July 2009   Yayoi - July 2009

Crystal needed to have her dress taken in, due to her 50 pound weight loss.  Due to the style of her dress, I was able to accomplish this by adjusting the back of the dress at the zipper line.  Normally I recommend taking it in on the sides. 

May 2008 - Crystal C. from NH preparing for a July '08 Wedding

In order to save labor costs, Crystal decided to leave the overlay/train alone, as she felt it would not affect the look.  Plus as she walked, it would fall beside & behind her.

May 2008 - Crystal C. from NH preparing for a July '08 Wedding

Crystal C. -  July '08 Wedding

A beautiful train

May 2008

Holly T. from Weare NH preparing for a Sept '08 Wedding

Her dress was altered in the back 5" at the zipper for a better fit, added a missing hook, and dress taken up.  In addition, a French bustle was added.  The front overlay, was brought up at the bottom, as much as possible yet keeping the beaded embroidery in tack.  The skirt, double layer tulle, and underskirt were all taken up with no cut to the hems.  The bodice alteration was taken in with no cutting of the fabric as well.  This will allow Holly the option to sell it later if she chooses, allowing the next bride to lengthen as well as let out in the back for her particular frame.

The dress did not have a bustle, and Holly desired that it have one so that she could enjoy dancing.  Holly was thrilled with the new bustle added to her dress!

   

April 30, 2005

Mother & Daughter

A beautiful picture of the bride and her daughter in dresses that were altered for a special wedding day

Katie (the bride) had her dress altered around the neckline, bodice and hemline

Savanah (the flower girl) had her dress altered around the neckline.

 

 

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