Happy Forever After
Pics of the wedding and dress are now available here.
The hem facing was finished with the same satin bias the belt is made of, secured by hand with a catchstich and reinforced with horsehair braid encased between the facing and the outside fabric. The Hong Kong finish with black satin bias and the black horsehair braid create a faint double band on the hem that’s more or less visible depending on how the light falls on the dress. It made me panic a bit and I was mentally prepared to strip everything out and finish the hem otherwise but as it turns out, the bride loved it! The reason I used bias satin on the hem is to match with the belt when she swirls around while dancing.