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I’ve been altering a dress at work and thought I’d let you see what I did. I’m very happy with the result. This is the gorgeous wedding dress that the customer ordered.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar
Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

When she got the dress, it wasn’t the same dress she tried. I didn’t take a before picture, but I sort of drew a picture for you. The sleeves were HUGE 80’s-like sleeves, there was no waist definition, and the collar was twice as tall but laid down like a clown collar.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

I did a lot of alterations, and this is how it turned out. I shortened it and took in the sides.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar
I redid the sleeves so that they were flat with some pleating at the hem.
Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

I made a sweetheart neckline and redid the collar.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

The collar was one layer so using the fabric from the hem, I made a facing for the collar. The facing has a straight standing collar piece to make the collar stand up. See the rectangle on the left?

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

You can’t see anything on the outside, but it will always stand up.¬†Doesn’t it look great?

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

I also added pearl buttons up the back.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

Then I made a bustle for the back.

Wedding Dress Alteration: Fixing Sleeves and Gathered Collar

It was a fun project, and I’m glad I got to work on it. My the bride and I are so happy with the result. She’ll be such a gorgeous bride!
I’m also very grateful for husbands who proofread blogs after they are published. Thanks sweetie!

Author: Heather