Loula’s Pewter and White Dress Gets Fitting-Ready

Loula's blue dress goes white!

The blue is out and the white is in!  It was pretty much unanimous that the Silver Swirl fabric looked excellent with the white overlay and so-so with the blue overlay.  Loula and I decided to use the blue tulle as petticoats for a fun flash of color!  We both loved the way that the pewter trim looked with the metal accents and it was all still non-traditional enough for Loula’s unique style!


I cut the pewter fabric into bias strips and used them to cover the unbound grosgrain ribbon that I used for Loula’s mockup.  Bias can be manipulated into a curve just like grosgrain and it was working perfectly for the trim on Loula’s wedding gown.

swirling the fabric covered grosgrain

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Trying on Loula's trim


If you remember from the sketch, the trim on the hips of Loula’s gown has Art Deco/Mardi Gras inspired “fringe” made of stainless steel ball chain.  In order to add these lengths of metal securely to the trim, I treated the bottom trim piece a little differently.

I cut the ball chain double the measurement of my finished fringe…

cutting the ball chain

I marked out my spacing on the back of the curved grosgrain…

hip trim prepped for ball chain

I machine stitched between each mark and then “threaded” and secured each length into the slots…

Inserting the ball chain into the trim

…until they looked like fringe!



The straps and sleeves were added and all of the trim was basted to the newly draped dress and its foundation.  The side seams were still basted, the trim was just basted, and the overlay’s hem was purposely left undone so that adjustments could still easily be made during Loula’s Final Fitting!

Final Fitting-ready! Front

Final Fitting-Ready! Back

Final Fitting-Ready! Closeup

We ordered some fantastic sparkly Fleur de Lis brooches for the centerfronts of the neckline and waistline.  The “jewels” had not yet arrived so I made to-scale photocopies and pinned them to the basted dress in order to send Loula these photos for a little Fitting Preview.  I was so excited that I’d have Loula in my studio again very soon to try on her incredible custom wedding dress for the very first time!


Next post:  Loula’s Final Fitting!!!


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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m a former professional costumer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, who teaches custom garment sewing too the sew-curious online.

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

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