Today I had the pleasure of teaching Jill some alteration techniques on a beaded dress. It had been one year since I had seen Jill, with her now thriving business lessons had to take a back seat to actual work! One must earn one's daily bread....
Alterations lesson, a beaded dress needed to have the neckline lowered. This is a bit tricky to do with the beads along the neckline that need to be removed to sew and then replaced to finish the garment. I have to laugh when I start cutting the excess off on a garment and there are others around, the first thing I hear is a gasp! To me it's just another cut but to someone else it's a big deal, Jill was no exception! After the initial shock she said that was the part she feared the most, cutting into the dress...
In the end she felt really good about the alteration, the neckline needed to be lowered as it was sitting too high for the wearer. After we took apart the bodice, cut the neckline, sewed it back together again complete with edgestitching we both agreed the neckline looked great! We also added swimsuit elastic to it so there would be no gaping, the fabric lining is a knit so it would stretch.
It was a lot of fun catching up with Jill and teaching her some new techniques, hope to do it again some time soon!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"