Baptismal or Flower Girl Gown Restyle

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I had the opportunity to restyle a Baptismal gown for a precious baby girl.  The Mother had initially approached me about creating custom Baptismal shoes and then also asked if it was possible to lengthen the gown.  The mother, sweet Lundy, had always wanted a long Baptismal gown for her baby.  So I took it upon myself to see how I can fulfill what she had always wanted and thought these ideas can inspire a Flower girl dress restyle as well.   Feel free to follow me through the process and challenges…

(1) First, I checked the hem width under the dress to see how much can be extended.  I was able to lengthen it by about 3″.

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Now since I was able to lengthen it, I had to add another row of ribbon to scale the dress design.  (2) So, my next challenge was finding the right white ribbon – matching width, shade of white, and sheen (or shininess).  I went to several different shops and found the right width, but the sheen was difficult.  I actually did not find it.  So I thought I would remove all the ribbon and replace it with the one I found.  I had to spot test the fabric first(3).  It was a delicate thin cotton fabric that felt like linen so I had to be extra careful removing the thread.  Due to the fullness of the gown, the ribbon lengths were very long.  Also, the sewing thread width was very small.  This all meant that removing the ribbon would be time intensive and if not extra extra extra careful, it could tear the delicate fabric:)  Due to a short timeline, removing the ribbon and sewing on a new ribbon (and creating the custom shoes) was not an option.  After speaking with Lundy, I learned that she liked lace.  This made the process a little easier but I still faced some challenges — finding the right lace design, the right width, and the exact shade of white.  So off to the shops I went again.

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After visiting several shops, I would find a lace that had the right width but not the right shade of white (7).  Another store would have the right shade but not the right “feel” of the lace design, and the challenge continued….until I found a scalloped trim with the right width AND went well with the scalloped bodice.  Perfect!

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I sewed the bias trim onto the hem, sewed on one new row of satin ribbon, and then sewed on 3 rows of the lace trim to lay over the satin ribbons.  The dress turned out beautiful:)  Here is the before and after:

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Thank you Lundy & Precious Audrey for the opportunity to restyle your gown.  As you can probably tell, I live for sewing design challenges.  I had so much fun and the whole process was rewarding.  Thank you Thank you Thank you:)

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And here are the custom designed Baptismal shoes to go with the gown…

If you look closely, I designed the flowers on the shoes to match the bodice flowers on the gown.

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Hope this inspired you to design, sew, and create.  Thank you for visiting!

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Original Post October 8, 2013

 

DIY Guest Tina Scarlatella :First Communion Veil & Dress

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Ella and her best friend Erin

Greetings!  Hope everyone is doing well.

As the season of First Communion celebrations come to an end, I just want to thank my DIY Guest, Tina Scarlatella, for sharing her First Communion designs with me.  I get so excited when someone understands the concept as to why I create my video tutorials.  When Tina mentioned she didn’t create the exact same veil as the one in my tutorial but was inspired by it, I was super excited.  Yes, That is the point!  I just want people to get inspired and start creating, not necessarily make a duplicate of what I created.  I had to invite her to share her work and I hope it will inspire you.

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Q) What inspired you to create your daughter’s mantilla veil and dress?  TINA: Joy, Love, and Hope.  I receive so much JOY from seeing my children’s face when they wear things I make for them.  They are still at the age where they get excited and they don’t mind being measured, poked, and pinned.  Even my son!  I also love how they show off my creations to anyone who would look and listen to them.

I want them to FEEL my LOVE for them.  Ella has thanked me for taking time to make her veil and dress.  She has seen me work long hours and even heard me poke my fingers a couple of times.  I truly hope my kids will understand how much love I have for them while making these one of a kind outfits for them.  I put so much of myself into these creations (literally sweat and blood sometimes).  I try to make sure each child feels special and loved.  

I PRAYERFULLY HOPE that my children will cherish all of these memories that we spend together.  I hope they will see this as one example of how a mother shows love to her children.  ( I remember wearing clothes that my mom made me and how I know I was loved).

Q) How far in advance did you start to ensure you will be complete by your daughter’s First Communion Date?  When is her First Communion Date? TINA:  I started working on the veil and dress on April 18th about 1 month before the First Communion Date of May 15th.  I am a procrastinator or should I say “creatively inspired when deadlines are near”.   I am happy to say that I am finished with both veil and dress ahead of schedule!  

I was pretty surprised that I finished the veil in 1 night (about 3 hours) even with me hand sewing 52 bead to the veil it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Dress took about 2 weekends to work on.  

Q)  What were the pros and cons of creating the veil yourself?  TINA:  I always knew that I wanted to make Ella’s veil and dress and was so happy to see that you had made a tutorial.  Like you had read my mind!  I followed your tutorial 95% – I could not pin the lace around the circle so I ended up making the trim a circle first and then pin it on to a square piece of tulle.  I cut the tulle into the shape of the circle afterwards.  I wish I had chosen a softer lace – but I loved the lace trim that I found for the veil.  It doesn’t lay as well but I still think it’s perfect.

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Tina also upstyled Erin’s First Communion Gown

Bridal Shoe Refashion Tutorial : Inspiration Board

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Finally!  I can’t believe I got this tutorial completed.  I think this is the longest video tutorial I have uploaded thus far.  First, I just want to thank my sister Linda for being my foot model and my daughter “G” for making her presence known at 6:19 in the video.  She was actually running around me while I filmed and almost knocked over my work area — that would not have been good:(  Overall, this tutorial was a good challenge in every way.  Because of the $50.00 budget, I really had to get creative.  And as usual, filming and editing does not come naturally to me but it is something I have grown to enjoy.  Feel free to view it below:

If you are new to my blog, Welcome and thank YOU for visiting!  I am working on the $50.00 Simple Wedding Gown Challenge.  My goal is to stay at or under $50.00 (before taxes) and assuming people have the basic supplies – scissor, sewing machine, thread/needle, glue gun/glue sticks, iron, and a measuring tape.  However, my true goal is to inspire you to get creative.  Below is the tentative budget breakdown:

$10.00 Hair Adornment/Jewelry

$15.00 Shoes

$25.00 Dress (not including undergarments:)

The budget breakdown may change but the goal is to stay at or under $50.00

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Here is my inspiration Board

Inspiration Board:
Inspiration Board: (1) Chanel Shoes via Pinterest (2) Chanel Gold Heeled shoes via Pinterest(3) Givenchy Studded Heels via Pinterest (4) Valentino Rock Stud Sandal
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And here is the breakdown for the Shoe Refashion

Price – Item (Shop)

$7.79 – Shoes (Kohl’s – additional 25%discount & additional 20% Friends & Family Discount)

Free  – Flower Petals  (left over from Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial)

$0.97 – Gold Ribbon (Walmart)

$3.77 – Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Paint (Walmart)

$2.75 –  1/2yard Gold Pyramid Chain (Joann’s, 50% off phone app coupon)

Total $15.28

Went over $0.28 but I’m definitely okay with that, I’ll just take it from the jewelry budget or the dress budget:)  A glue gun/glue sticks were used for adhering the embellishments.  NOTE:  For longterm use, I recommend using a stronger adhering agent like the E6000 glue.

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Well, guess what I found at the Walmart near my parents’ home?

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Yes!  $1.00/yard white stretchy fabric…more to come.  The dress will take awhile to complete but please be patient, I promise it will be worth the wait.  In the meantime, I do have few projects I need to complete and a couple of tutorials lined up.  Stay tuned!

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If you missed any part of the challenge, please feel free to visit the previous posts:

1)  Hair Adornment Supply Shopping: $4.47

2) Shoe Shopping: $7.79

3) Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial

4) Presenting the Final Shoe Refashion

Thanks for visiting!

Ann

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Final Shoe Design/Refashion : $50.00 Wedding Gown Challenge

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If you are new to my blog, Welcome and thank YOU for visiting!  I am currently working on a $50.00 Simple Wedding Gown Challenge.  My goal is to stay at or under $50.00 (before taxes) and assuming people have the basic supplies – scissor, sewing machine, thread/needle, glue gun/glue sticks, iron, and a measuring tape.  However, my true goal is to inspire you to get creative.  Below is the tentative budget breakdown:

$10.00 Hair Adornment/Jewelry

$15.00 Shoes

$25.00 Dress (not including undergarments:)

The budget breakdown may change but the goal is to stay at or under $50.00

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Greetings Everyone!

As you can see, I’m still drawn to the pyramid trims and just had to add it to the shoe design.  This is a pretty big transformation if I do say so myself.   What do you think?

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Remember how it looked before?

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While designing the shoes, I had a hard time sleeping at night.  The shoes had morphed into so many designs in my head and my mind would not let me rest.  Remember, I had to work within a $15.00  shoe budget so I had to get extremely creative with the supplies I had or had to purchase.

Before I finalized the design, I did play around with the embellishments.  Below are a few ideas I played with…you may even like one of them better:)

Well, I am currently working on the video tutorial for the shoe refashion so it will be coming out the end of November or early December.  Also, I would like to thank the Gentlemen for being so patient.  I do have a few tutorials lined up for them and they will be coming out soon.  As for the shoe budget, here it is….

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Price – Item (Shop)

$7.79 – Shoes (Kohl’s – additional 25%discount & additional 20% Friends & Family Discount)

Free  – Flower Petals  (left over from Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial)

$0.97 – Gold Ribbon (Walmart)

$3.77 – Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Paint (Walmart)

$2.75 –  1/2yard Gold Pyramid Chain (Joann’s, 50% off phone app coupon)

Total $15.28

Went over $0.28 but I’m definitely okay with that, I’ll just take it from the jewelry budget or the dress budget:)  A glue gun/glue sticks were used for adhering the embellishments.

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If you missed any part of the challenge, please feel free to visit the previous posts:

1)  2013 New Year’s Plan – The $50.00 Wedding Gown Challenge Announcement

2)  Hair Adornment Supply Shopping: $4.47

3) Shoe Shopping: $7.79

4) Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial

Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!

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Bridal Sash Restyle – “Tie” Sash into a “Hook&Eye” Closure

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Greetings Everyone!  I recently took on a project I thought would benefit many DIY Brides out there.  Maybe you found a Bridal Sash with a beautiful design on the front but the tied bow on the back was not alluring to you.  Well, there is a solution — RESTYLE it!  You can transform  the “tied” Bridal sash into a hook & eye closure.  I had the opportunity to do this for a Bridal Guest.

Since I did not meet the Bride in person, the sash was delivered to me through a mutual friend.  I received her waist measurement written on the tissue paper which wrapped her beautiful rhinestone sash.  Honestly, I get a little nervous when I do not take the measurements myself.  But because this was a special scenario, I moved forward with lots of prayer for that peace I needed:)

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So here is the tutorial.  Hope it will help a Bride out there.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

You can also view one of my early sash tutorial below.  For the EVA sash, it was the reverse.  Instead of using the hook & eye, the ribbon was cut long enough to tie into a bow.

To view another DIY Rhinestone Bridal Sash Tutorial I created using a Bra Hook & Eye, click {here}.  Well, I hope these tutorials inspire you to create something EXTRAordinary:) Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,

Ann

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Custom Designed Gown with Tear-away Skirt : Fittings

I had custom designed a tear-away gown for Carly & Phil’s First Dance.  Knowing how fun and full of surprises this couple can be, the wedding guests probably suspected something was going to happen.  However, they definitely did not expect this to happen at 1:11.

I had so much fun creating this gown.  Not only did I get to know my gracious sister-in-law better but I got to do something I really enjoy. At the same time, it was a good challenge for me.  I was not to speak of the detachable train…not even to my husband.  I have to admit, the reaction we got from the guests made it all worth the hush hush:)

Here are a few photos from her fittings.

Fittings: Pinning until we got the right fit, deciding on the sash design & how the skirt would be removed

Due to the ruching and all the hand sewing required of this gown, we had six fittings.  We also had to make some last minute changes because of the choreography.  So we spent time planning how the skirt would be removed and decided to add a halter strap at the last minute.

Well, thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the video:)

Custom Designed Gown: Ruched Gown with Mermaid Silhouette, sweetheart neckline, black satin sash, halter strap, and a gathered detachable skirt

ps. Thank you Joe “Seattle” for the video

Guess the Wedding Dress Game : Bride-to-be “L”

I have complete respect for each of my bridal guest’s privacy.  Some you will get to view on my blog and others you will never read of.  However, this gorgeous Bride-to-be,” L”, would like to remain anonymous but has allowed me to capture the details of her gown.  Since I am able to share this with you, I thought it would be fun to see who you think the designer may be.  I am only allowed to reveal it after her wedding in November so if you are up for it, take a guess:)

Alteration Notes: hem, 6 layer fabric, take-in at hips, shorten train, bustle

Thank you for visiting!