Emily’s Wedding Dress

I got Emily’s dress sometime in February or maybe March for alterations. I have done similar alterations on a dress another dress for one of my young women needed sleeves on her strapless dress for spring formal or something. She bought a vintage 1950’s dress that had a sleeve/wrap thing to it. I took the material from the wrap and put on sleeves. Here is that dress I like to call the practice dress for Emily’s dress.

Here is the dress with the wrapfull dress with out the wrap

Here are the after pictures.

Here are close ups of the front and back.

Here is a close up of the sleeve.

Now Emily’s dress!! This one was a bit more difficult it being a wedding dress. I don’t have before pictures (bummer) but it was very similar to this one where it was a strapless dress. I had to add sleeves and make sure it matched the rest of the dress. Then I needed to bring it up 4 inches without loosing the fun accents in the front. It also had a long train which needed to be bustled up for dancing purposes.

For starters, I brought it up 4 inches at the hip to preserve beading and layering at the bottom and in front. You can see the layers and beading at the bottom if this picture was a little more close up, but I didn’t take any close up pictures of those spots. Oops.

Next….Ah, the sleeves.

A 40’s style sleeve. I needed to add some shoulders at the bodice as well to create an arm cye for the sleeve and cover more chest. I added at the front and back keeping in with the style of the orginal sleeveless dress and making sure it could lace all the way up in the back.

The top 3 inches is all added!

I finally finished the dress about 2 weeks before the wedding which was July 1st. I couldn’t figure out how to do the bustle so I took it in to an alteration shop where I felt pretty dumb since it was the easiest part of the dress to fix. After the lady explained what she was going to do, I thought “why didn’t I think of that!?” It was easy but I was still glad someone else did it. Unfortunately, It didn’t stick since everyone kept stepping on her dress and pulling out the bustle when she would dance. Oh well! She was still a beautiful bride! CONGRATULATIONS EMILY!!!

Katie’s Dance Concert

Katie’s Dance Concert was a success! I will have video up soon. Unfortunately I don’t know how to get it off my camcorder to the computer so I will have to have Bryce help me. Wearing Makeup

Here is Katie the day of the concert. She got to wear make up so the bright lights would not drown her out. She was very excited about this. I was so proud of her. She did all of here routine and didn’t freak out at all. Of course I was almost in tears worried about her. She really has grown up so much. Her routine for tumbling wasn’t so hot. It was very funny though. She kept face planting. I know she knows how to do it all but felt in a humorous mood I suppose. We went out to eat after. It was a late night but she deserved it!!

Here is Katie with Aunt Raquel at Dee’s after her concert. Her make up is nearly off and she is in her tumbling shirt.