Fact: BD#2 is getting married in September.
Fact: Her wedding dress is a size 12.
Fact: She is a size 2.
Fact: The dress is strapless with a low back and we plan to add to the top and back, and then add sleeves.
Fact: The dress is ivory matte satin with some pretty spectacular silver metallic embroidery.
Fact: While I remodeled BD#1's wedding gown, the changes weren't nearly so extreme.
So I need help.
Has anyone ever done this kind of dramatic alterations to a wedding gown or evening gown? What did you learn in the process that you would be willing to share? What works?
Next, has anyone ever done machine embroidery with metallic thread? What are your secrets? What's your favorite brand of thread? Does the needle make a difference? What do I need to know to make this process less frustrating?