Shortening a gathered lace hem from above.

I am taking a break for a bit from working on dresses to focus on raising my sons. Before I do, I have a few more posts to write about my last few clients. I had a client bring in a lace masterpiece by Yolan Chris. This Yolan Chris piece of art, is all hand made Spanish lace and drapes down my client's body so beautifully. 

As many dresses are made, her hem was too long. The issue is you cannot just remove the bottom of a dress with embroidered lace or simply "turn" it under. If you look at the bottom part of her skirt you can see the gathered piece with a beautiful lace piece over it. 

A look at the entire dress from below...

A look at the entire dress from below...

A look at the bottom half with the gathered piece.

A look at the bottom half with the gathered piece.

Close-up of the lace over the gathered seam.

Close-up of the lace over the gathered seam.


First I had to remove the bottom piece from the center to both sides. Once I removed it I laid out the rectangular piece and measured what I needed to cut. 

 

The rectangular piece still attached to the dress. 

The rectangular piece still attached to the dress. 

After I removed a few inches from the center, I tapered it off to the sides seams, gathered it again, and resewed it to the base of the dress. I had to have my client come back and try on the dress again to make sure the height of the hem was perfect. Luckily it was! After that I spent a few hours hand sewing the embroidered lace back on top of the seam and pressing the inside. 

I have to say it was a pleasure working on such a lovely dress! 

Hand sewing and listening to sports radio = HAPPINESS! 

Hand sewing and listening to sports radio = HAPPINESS! 

A close-up of the lace I was hand sewing.

A close-up of the lace I was hand sewing.