Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wedding Gown Refashion (part 1...sneak peek)

This isn't a normal blog post for me. There is not a before and after this time. Well, ok,  there is a before, but the after will be posted much later. This is a sneak peek of my wedding gown refashion.

In late July, my boyfriend and I decided to go to some yard sales. I was super happy because yardsaling is one of my favorite things to do and spending time with my boyfriend is my favorite thing to do. So to combine those two things makes for a perfect day.  Just when I didn't think the day could get better, I spotted a wedding gown from the road at a yard sale. A lace wedding gown.  I didn't want to get my hopes up too high, because I didn't know the price just yet.  However, when we asked, they told us it was $5.  $5?!?!?!?! SOLD!  =)  I knew I could turn this hideous gown into something gorgeous! The lace is gorgeous and there was ALOT of it!  

(Just call me Scarlett O'Hara)

For those of you who don't know me, I'm not engaged. I am however in a long term relationship. Like 7 1/2 years long.  We talk about getting married alot. It just hasn't happened yet.

I've looked at other lace wedding gowns online and they are outrageous! I fell in love with one by Alfred Angelo that cost $1500!  That's nuts. And not gonna happen for me.
Now that I have a dress that only cost $5, I am more determined than EVER to make this dress resemble one of the fancy expensive ones I was looking at. =D 

I will post the before and after eventually after it's finished. (Is it bad luck to post a wedding gown online before you actually wear it???)  But until then, Wish Me Luck! This is the biggest refashion I've ever attempted. =D

***If you have some time, swing by my Zibbet shop and take a look around!***

Thanks! =D

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Dress That Almost Wasn't

So it's been almost a month since I've posted a refashion.  However, it's not because I haven't tried.  I must have been in a rut or something, because everytime I tried to sew something, I would majorly mess it up. Or it just wouldn't work the way I wanted and I would get frustrated and give up.  Has that kind of thing happened to anyone else or is it just me? 

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local consignment shop and found that they had a $1 rack! YAY!  I stocked up! =)  I didn't even care if the clothes were my size because I figured I could make them into something that fit OR make something for my daughters from them.  I spent about $10 in that store. It was great.

Yesterday, I took another shot at trying to refashion and it wasn't turning out how I'd planned. So I put it aside (again).  But today, I thought I'd give it another try and it actually turned out great! It made me feel so good. (Which was just what I needed since I was starting to feel pretty low that nothing I was doing in the past couple of weeks was turning out right.)

Basically what I did with this dress was cut off the top right at the underarms all the way across. I turned the top under a little bit and sewed a seam.  Next I removed the side ties that were sewn into the dress (I used these for the straps.)  I pinned them onto the front and back. That wasn't easy because I did this all by myself and I don't have 4 hands. But somehow it worked. I sewed the pinned down straps to the dress.

I measured the dress for the length I wanted and trimmed the excess off.  I hemmed the dress and used the extra fabric as a sash for the dress.

I realize this is a summer dress, but I think this kind of dress would look super cute with a white cardigan for the fall. =)

I didn't take pictures of this process because, after the luck I've had, I didn't think this dress was gonna happen. Sorry. 

This dress was $1 and those cute white Candie's wedge shoes were only $3. I got them at a yardsale! =) 

***If you have some time, swing by my Zibbet shop and take a look around!***