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Wedding Dress in a Day- Mystery Box Sewing Challenge Week #3

Hi Guys! it's been awhile I know I've been absent but I'm back and can't wait to share this latest creation with you! My best friend (in white pictured above) got married this past weekend. I flew out to be her maid of honor and also was to alter her dress (she's pregnant, it's a boy and we're all very excited!)

Day one I caught a 7:30am flight, my dad picked me up from the airport I hung out at the house till she was off work and then we headed to Roseville,Ca to go shoe shopping. We bought a bunch of stuff, ran errands, picked up the dress and went back to my parents place where she tried it on. Tragedy strike ,this dress does not fit.

I wish I had a picture of her mother's dress the one she was to where initially. But I didn't think to take a picture, any ways it was too small, we couldn't zip it up past the baby. This is like 11 Thursday night and the wedding is 11:30 Saturday morning. So there's not a lot of time to do anything. So I offer to make her a dress. She's like "But we only have a day" but she's my best friend, I can't let her walk down the aisle in nothing. I go to my closet at my mother's house, way long time ago before I went to school I had been working on a dress never finished it, white satin with a white chiffon overlay, sweetheart neckline. I pulled it out, and said let's do this. Luckily the bodice fit her bust, but not the waist, which is to be expected since she's expecting.

First thing in the morning we head over to Joann's Fabric where we pick out a beautiful lace and some lining then she drops me back at my parents house and

I get to work. First step is to cut the bodice into an empire to give her baby some room. Then I next pulled apart the bodice to sew the lace overlay. We went with and ivory lace, I know a lot of people don't like to mix their whites, but I love it. It makes them read better in photographs. After stitching that back together I removed a panel of the satin so there was less bulk in the seam. Then redistributed the gathers to fit it back onto the bodice. I Cut a lining, put in the zipper, put in the lining, and voila! We have a wedding dress.

Next its the part that took the longest, I took what was left of the overlay, and cut out little applique's that I then placed on the chiffon overlay and stitched down by hand.

My mother and sister assisted me in this part, the three of us stayed up until 2am stitching those guys down. My bestie came through tried on the dress, Bodice was a little loose so I was up, first thing the next morning. pulled apart the bodice, and took it in a little over an inch, then showed, got dressed made up, and headed to the church. My mother was kind enough to press the dress while I got ready.

At the church the dress was still a little loose so we had to safety pin it, but then the ceremony and reception went off without a hitch. I love my girl so much, and it was a privileged to whip this one out for her. Pretty sure I wont be topping this dress anytime soon, and really why would I want to. 14 hours is a record for me, and I have no intention of even trying to beat this one. Stay tuned for next weeks challenge, what will I make in a day, not another wedding dress that's for sure.

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