Belleville Sassoon has developed many methods of adding trim to formal garments.
This series will discuss the easy technique for adding lacing to a formal gown.
In this example, the bride purchased the gown months before the wedding, then gained weight. Since she could not return it, we opted to add lacing to cover the 6 inch gap at the back.
The gown must have a center back seam. If it does not, you will have to create one by slitting the garment. A zipper placket is a perfect place to add lacing. If you have a zipper in the center back, remove it completely.
Set the machine to a narrow Bar Tack, the same width as the ZigZag stitch. Bar Tack in with one side of the stitch in the fabric and one side off of the edge of the fabric. Make sure the Bar Tack is secure. Remove the skirt from the machine and trim the threads.
You are self-conscious. You think people are staring at you. You are afraid to bend over, afraid someone will see Paris, France. And they just might. With today’s fashions, anyone with a large derriere is likely to show all if they have a slit.
So, pin the slit where you think it should close, and try the skirt on. (If you are working alone, use a safety pin.) Bend over in front of a full length mirror and look at your behind from between your legs. Are you hiding what shouldn’t be seen? If not, repin and try again.
Now, walk around. Can you move without tripping? Is the skirt too narrow? If it is, another alteration may be the only option: adding a pleat. Or, think about Goodwill.