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Cameron’s Corrections and Fitting Smiles

Cameron's Corrections and Second Mockup Fitting Smiles by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Once Cameron left the studio after her first mockup fitting, I began preparing for her second mockup fitting! The mockup process is my favorite part of the custom sewing process. Though many home sewists skip this step or stop at one, multiple mockups are my jam!  I love working everything out before starting the actual dress. And since Cameron’s custom overdress will be made of sheer fabrics, there would be very little room for alterations once the custom printed fabric was cut.

Cameron’s Corrections

My favorite part of the mockup process is pattern corrections. I’m rarely disappointed when changes need to be made because I love correcting custom patterns so much!

This was the state of the mockup overdress and patterns at the end of our first fitting.

Cameron's mockup and patterns after the first fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

In the pic below, catch me adding the pattern corrections at the center back while also raising and reshaping the neckline. Isn’t it an absolutely beautiful mess!

Pattern Corrections by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Here I’m beginning to add a little height to the shoulder seam. Super fun!

Pattern Corrections by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Some people prefer clean pristine patterns, but I love to see the chaotic mess of history in all the lines, cuts, and folds. The tape, the tools, the scraps, the scribbles, all make my heart sing and put a huge smile on my face!

 Mockup #2

Once the pattern was corrected, it was time to make mockup #2! I’d reuse the skirt from the previous mockup, but I needed to recut and remake the top based on our corrections.

Using more of the plain poly organza from before, I laid out my pattern pieces to be marked and cut. Since the center back seam worked so well in the first fitting, I kept it in the second mockup. The real dress will have a single piece of (custom floral printed) fabric for the back (which will include the cut-in-one sleeves).

Cutting Cameron's second mockup by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

I marked the stitch lines and the cut lines with a 1″ seam allowance,…

Marking Cameron's second mockup by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…cut and prepped all the pieces,…

Cameron's second mockup ready to be assembled by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…and stitched up another ghost shirt!

Cameron's second mockup top in progress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

The top from the previous fitting on top of the new one in progress. Eerily lovely!

Cameron's first and second mockup tops by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

With a new custom fabric sample from Red Canary Studio pinned to one side, Cameron’s second mockup was eventually ready for her second mockup fitting!

Cameron's 2nd mockup with floral sample by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron’s Smile(s)

The theme of our second fitting was Cameron’s amazingly beautiful smile! Can you tell if Cameron liked Mockup #2 when she first came out of the dressing room?

Cameron can't stop smiling in her second mockup by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

She was absolutely beaming before we even started fitting!

Cameron's second mockup fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron's second mockup fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

There was a moment of semi-seriousness while I worked a little magic and her mom took some fitting action shots…

Brooks Ann Camper fits bride Cameron | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…then the smile was back!

Cameron's second mockup fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

We added the veil…

Cameron's second mockup fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…and played around with fabric samples. So pretty…

Cameron in her second mockup with the floral fabric sample | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

We were both super happy with how things were shaping up, which means our mockup process was almost over. The next time Cameron would be in my studio, she’d be trying on her real overdress made out of our custom floral printed silk! 

More Corrections

Once Cameron left, the smile didn’t leave my face. I had corrections to do! :)

More corrections after the fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

More corrections after the fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

More corrections after the fitting by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Looks like I’m back where we started, but we’ve actually come a long way!

Next step, I’d be ordering the custom fabric from Red Canary to get started on the real dress. This beautiful mess will soon become a beautiful dress!

 

NEXT POST: Taking a slight break from this series, I’ll quickly share an article I just finished for Seamwork Magazine’s October issue. Then the blog will pick back up where we left off with Cameron’s custom overdress!

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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