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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Always a Bridesmaid, Never in Style...

Anyone who knows me, is well aware that I have been going OFF about the movie Bridesmaids finally being released on DVD.  By far one of the BEST and funniest movies of all time (no, really) it is a sure Oscar contender (not really, but just because Oscars are stoopid).  A more witty, female version of "The Hangover" it had a little something that everyone could relate too. 

While this little ditty is more "Mother of the Bride" than "Bridesmaid" it still fit the necessary criteria:  shape=none, color=workable, cheesetastic posability=high and likely.  A freebie from my gorgeous and generous Gramma (Thanks Grams!) it still had the dry cleaning tag on it and once deconstructed, offered more than one workable piece.  Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was home sewn.  Ahhhh!
  Yikes!!!  Blue satin, blue lace, and there was a modified train in the back.  SOS!  I need a theme song.  Enter Wilson Phillips
"I know this pain, why do you lock yourself up in these chains?  No one can change your life..."  Oh yeah!  Sing it if you know it!!
Once the lace vest? overlay? was pulled up, the neckline of the satin part of this dress was actually pretty, albeit a bit too fancy schmancy to wear day to day.
Lace, you're outta here.  Beginning to seam rip the many layers of home sewn goodness.  Then...

 got smart (read:  lazy) and decided to snip it all off around the armholes since I was nixing the long sleeves anyway.
Score!!! A lacey blue tank for a future refashioning adventure.

The bodice was lined and interfaced front and back (great job!) and I took advantage of the U-shape by sewing it to the dress following the pre-existing seam.  This formed a wide casing around the entire neckline of the dress.
I snipped about 1 inch from each of the straps and stitched back together leaving about a 1.5 inch opening in the middle of each strap.
My handy dandy ruler competently modeling the hole in the middle of each strap.  Work it girl!

Using a tie belt from a failed pending refashion, I thread it through the neckline casing, using a safety pin to lead the way.
Guiding the tie belt from the left shoulder, all the way around the neckline and back to the left shoulder.

Whoops!  Pump your brakes Lori, gotta open up the zipper seam to make sure it goes all the way around.  Duh!
Using the front hem of the dress as a guide, snipped the train off, folded a new hem and stitched.

Tightened the neckline a bit by pulling on both ends of the sash and "scrunching" the neckline equally.  Complete with modest bow and back by popular demand my Little Guy.  Who has been MIA due to preschool and NO he doesn't miss me at all. *tear*

Unfortunately, no painting the town green today, have a list of FUN necessary things to do.  But cupcakes make it all better...don't they?!?

Cake mix + cream cheese + red food dye + mixing
Red Velvet cupcakes with a twist.
And the Little Guy approves.
Like me, a little country..a little bit Rock'N Roll!

Do you know, things can change...things could go your way if you...
All together now!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMG, I'm completely amazed at how you refashioned that bridesmaids dress! How do you not have your own TV show on TLC or HGTV? Love your blog and love seeing your refashioned creations.

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