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

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Wedding Gown Restyle: JENNIFER+JESSE=Leah Grace

JENNIFER+JESSE, photo courtesy of Bao Loi

I never thought that being a Creative Designer would allow me to witness Life in Full Circle.  As I write this post, I feel so blessed to witness a person grow into a beautiful lady and find her knight in shining armor.  Because of their marriage and love, a new baby girl will be joining the world in a couple of weeks…maybe Leah Grace will come on their 1 year Anniversary:)

I had the opportunity to create Jennifer’s prom dress almost 15 years ago (wow, how time flies!) and when she got married in February 2011, I collaborated with Designer Miguel Rodriguez to restyle her gown.  In a blink of an eye, I had watched a young teen wear a prom dress to a beautiful young lady wear her Wedding Gown.  My eyes are tearing up as I write this because this is all truly a beautiful miracle…to watch a teen grow into a beautiful young lady and now become a mom.  Wow!  Life is amazing:)

Happy Anniversary & Congratulations Jennifer and Jesse!  I continue to wish you the best in life.  God bless.

Although I was not able to make it to the baby shower, Leah Grace will be receiving a couple of handmade hair clips.  I hope she will like it:)

{flowers created using the SERENA fabric flower technique}

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