|Before The side seams.|
|My bride moment!|
started picking it apart. We realized that during my battle with the bodice that I took in the front princess seams too much to have the princess seams on the bodice line up and so the back wouldn't close at the top. I decided to put in the zipper and then see where we stood, but it still didn't close.I thought we'd let the side seams out but of course I had trimmed all of the seam allowances to see if that got rid of enough bulk to close the zipper. Not only did it still not close, but having trimmed the excess seam allowances meant that letting those seams out wasn't as much of an option as we'd hoped. We both slept on the problem and Mom had the idea that we put gussets. Gussets are pieces of fabric inserted into a seam to add room-- think wrapping a Christmas present and you didn't cut quite enough paper so you stick another piece under the gap, use double- sided tape and think "HA! They'll never know!" The gussets seemed to work but naturally one side was a breeze to do and the other was a little more tricky.
|See? NOT closing!!!|
I tried it on underneath the dress and looked a little too Scarlett O'Hara. We wound up figuring out that we could pull out the wires and make them different lengths but I had to cut them and we had some trouble with that because we don't GTL and don't own any bolt cutters. I'm not sure if breaking and entering is something the Jersey Shore boys are involved with regularly, but it seems about right to me. So I sucked it up, ate some spinach, and ripped them apart. Booya. Now I have a hoop skirt that works better than a crinoline, too no time, and is a heck of a lot lighter in weight. Maybe now I won't have to rig some sort of battery-powered fan contraption to go under my skirt because it's so dang heavy and I would be burning up with a crinoline!
|Changing the sizes of the wires.|
|Trying to get an idea of the shape....too big!|
Now we're working on getting the rest of the eyelash trim to get the hem done. I think we'll be done in about two weeks!! Pretty exciting!!!
|Almost done! This is it with the hoop skirt underneath.|