The gown needed to be smaller in the bodice. I took up the underarm seams. Here you can see that the continuous beading all along the top edge was removed to be able to sew up the seam (including the slightly pink beaded lace that has already been replaced in this picture.)
After two side seams and two top darts, all the beading was replaced--quite tedious! Then because my granddaughter was nearly eight months pregnant she need more room in the tummy section. We needed to raise the bodice seam several inches. I could not take out all the lace and re-bead it--way too much work--and besides, I wasn't sure that I wouldn't demolish it in the process, so I made a second seam just under the lace. The two lower safety pins are my markers for where the seam need to be taken up. (Looks uneven, but really isn't. :)
I removed the lowest lying lace portions, and pinned them up so I could put the seam there.
Then after I finished the seam, I replaced the lace and re-beaded it. It fit her perfectly!
|See my hubby in the background?
|Madison and Dylan
How does she look?