Friday, October 2, 2015

Transforming a wedding gown

A dear friend is getting married.  This beautiful young lady embarked on a weight loss journey a few years ago and transformed her body into a more healthy slender look!  She was and is a beautiful lady inside and out!!!!  I was truly honored when she asked me to help her transform her simple straight wedding gown into something a little more fab!!!  She's getting married in Jamaica this October.

She purchased the gown from David's.  Not my favorite place for wedding gowns although they are getting better.  The beads kept falling off, the store told her they had reattached the missing beads!  I was gluing and re-sewing beads throughout the entire alteration process.

Perfect gathers using the ruffle attachment.
Wigan from Wawak.com
The most dramatic part was creating a removable mermaid tulle skirt.  It's seven layers:  the bottom layer is poly organza with horse hair braid hem, 4 layers of bridal netting/tulle; and 2 layers of sparkle bridal tulle on top.  I gathered all 7 pieces using my treasured gathering foot!!!  The top of the skirt is bound in wigan.  Because it is cut on the bias it attached beautifully to the skirt top!  The final touch was adding a pleated satin trim adorned with pearls to the outside of the wigan.  Because the bride wanted the option of removing skirt at the reception, I sewed hooks inside which will be used to attach the skirt to the tiny thread hooks I strategically sewed around the entire dress.
I waited until she was married today to post this!  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brooks!!!!  God bless!!!!


9 comments:

LaToria said...

Sounds like that was a lot of work. You did a fantastic job.

mrsmole said...

Wonderful and thoughtful alteration! She looks amazing and so confident wearing a dress that fits so well. The halter neck looks amazing and such a clever way of attaching the skirt. Great job, Tee!

Linda T said...

Job well done! You are so generous and she is just beautiful!

Bianca S said...

This is an amazing alteration! Great work!

Tee said...

Thanks so much for the compliments ladies!!!

Bunny said...

Great job and I bet those pearls really tested your patience. Beautiful couple and the gown is gorgeous.

Tee said...

Bunny, they sure did!!! Thanks

CurvyGirls areChic said...

Awesome job love it!

CurvyGirls areChic said...

Awesome love it great job!