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Topic: All she wanted was a red wedding dress. Is that too much to ask?  (Read 4350 times)
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« on: July 10, 2010 02:42:58 PM »



So my long-time friend and neighbor, after a couple of decades being a kick-ass single mom, finally found the true love of her life. Yeah!! And so began all of the hub-bub around the wedding plans, etc.

One day I asked her how her dress shopping was going. She was a bit discouraged because she wanted to wear red and I mean RED !!! So I offered to make her her dream dress. FUN!

She had found a dress she loved, style, fit, everything, except the color. I went with her to the shop, took measurement, made sketches, blah, blah, blah, but in the end she decided to buy it because t wasn't that expensive. I was really happy about that because it made the tricky bits of fit so much easier.

It took a few weeks to find just the right fabric but when we did, in one of my favorite moments of the whole process, her adorable Peruvian fiance proclaimed, in his charming accent, that it was "so elegant!" Mission accomplished.

So I got to take the dress apart, taking copious notes as I went, which I used in reverse when I put it back together.

So, here's the "before" (my daughter is just holding it against her body)... it's full length with a mermaidy flare at the bottom:


I took it apart and used the pieces as the pattern:


No fitting necessary  Grin

The bride sees the front bodice for the first time:


Here's the whole bodice outside and inside. I just used the interior corsetry from the original dress:




All done!


And some shots from the happy day. I'm looking forward to seeing the official photographer's shots, too.






I'm so happy that she loved it and that I was able to help her have exactly what she wanted.
It was a great day! CONGRATULATIONS HELEN AND JUAN CARLOS <3 <3 <3

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010 03:01:55 PM »

What a fantastic dress.  Your friend looks so beautiful.  You MUST be so proud of it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010 03:13:43 PM »

Wow!  That bodice is amazing!  It seems like just the right red for her coloring, too.  She's positively radiant.  It's such a sweet love story and such a generous and loving gift you gave!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010 03:24:48 PM »

Wow, it's so beautiful in red!  Your friend looks stunning.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010 03:32:46 PM »

Wow you did such a great job. And so cute. and sexy. Great friend you are to make such a wonderful dress for her.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010 05:52:12 PM »

You made a beautiful dress. I'm loving the fact that she wore red for her wedding! She looks amazing, wonderful job!
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2010 06:33:24 PM »

Great story! Great pictures! And, most of all, a great (and really beautiful) wedding dress!  GREAT JOB!
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2010 08:56:52 PM »

Well done!!  So glad your friend found love!  And a generous friend who obviously loves her too!  Gorgeous dress!
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010 07:20:09 AM »

Stunning, great work!
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010 10:32:44 AM »

Amazing dress - amazing you!  Love the details in the bodice, and the color is fabulous!  Well done!
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