Rewondered: Before and After – Prom Dress To Wedding Dress

The Rewondered: Before and After series will feature some of my favorite transformations in rewondering.  I’ll show you what I started with, tell you what I did to rewonder the item, then show you the finished piece.  We’re starting with my wedding dress.

I picked up this silver prom dress at Goodwill for $5.  It didn’t look very exciting on the hanger, and I figured I’d use it for the fabric or something.

BEFORE - Silver Prom Dress on Hanger - Front

BEFORE – Silver Prom Dress on Hanger – Front

BEFORE - Silver Prom Dress on Hanger - Back

BEFORE – Silver Prom Dress on Hanger – Back

It’s not easy to see in the pic, but I like the gathering on the back around the zipper.  I decided to try the dress on and was amazed at how well it fit me, and I began to envision what I could do to it to turn it into my dream dress.  I had originally planned to do separate pieces: a corset top, layered skirts, a shrug to cover my shoulders, etc.  I (badly) drew my idea in a notebook while I was in Florida last March:

Wedding Dress Design Idea

Wedding Dress Design Idea

So with a little tweaking of my design I got to work on a lot of tweaking of the dress.  First, I fixed the halter strap, which was missing a hook and eye to keep it together at the back of my neck.  Next, I sewed elastic under the front seams of the skirt, causing it to gather.  It didn’t end up as short as I wanted, so I tacked the edges of the hem up at the waist underneath, forming more of a bubble skirt.  I decided to leave the back as is, but the front needed something, so I took eye pins from my jewelry supply stash and made hooks that I hand sewed to the bodice along the front seams, then threaded a dark grey ribbon through them, corset style.  I found this adorable white tulle with silver stars on it and made “sleeves” instead of the originally planned shrug.  I ended up with this:

AFTER - Finished Wedding Dress on Hanger

AFTER – Finished Wedding Dress on Hanger

Add the multi-color tutu petticoat I made earlier underneath, and this is what it looks like on me (without my hair done or any makeup on… I’m a great model, huh?)

AFTER - Me Wearing My Wedding Dress

AFTER – Me Wearing My Wedding Dress

I still need to do a few more tweaks to it.  A couple of the hooks came off (as you can tell in the picture if you look closely) so I need to fix those and rethread the ribbon, and work on the sleeves a bit.  I’m thinking about removing some of the tulle or making a new petticoat that is a little less full.  All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Also, for any of you superstitious folks that are going to freak out about Lorne seeing my dress before the wedding if he reads this blog (which he does), it’s far too late, as he’s the one who took the pictures.  We don’t believe in any of those superstitions, and we already feel like we’re married, we’re just making it all legal and sharing the day with our friends and family.  Besides, if he took a picture of me doing “I’m a Little Teapot” while wearing this dress, and I post it on the internet, it must be love, right? 🙂

I'm A Little Teapot

I’m A Little Teapot

Refocusing

Last night, I made a decision that I’ve been contemplating for awhile, but have been hesitant to “pull the trigger” on, as it were.  But it’s time for me to focus on my priorities, and unfortunately, something I love to do has to go.  I will no longer be the Events Planner for The Cape Radio, nor will I be DJing on a weekly basis. I’ll still be doing the occasional show from time to time, but at this point, I just don’t have the time to devote to doing a proper job planning events or putting playlists together.  I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed and burnt out, so it’s time to step back and take a break.  I’m not quitting entirely, and eventually I’ll be back in a regular time slot.  I always come back home to The Cape. 🙂

Besides, I have a very important event of my own to plan!  Speaking of weddings, today’s new products are all experiments I wanted to try for my own wedding veil.  Getting pictures of these was a little difficult, since I could only lay them out on the floor, but you’ll get the general idea.

First up, I thought something that went with my tutu petticoat might be cool so I took a tiara headband and added multiple colors of tulle streamers to it.  This one is kind of short, but it’s cute.

Tiara Headband Veil

Tiara Headband Veil

It was a little poofy for me, so I worked on option number two.  I love the ribbon veils I’ve seen on Offbeat Bride so I thought I’d try decorating a banana clip with ribbons.  I like how my hair and the ribbons kind of tangle together.

Beribboned Banana Clip

Beribboned Banana Clip

But this is the one I think I’m actually going to wear.  I took a big piece of silver tulle (kind of hard to see in the picture since it’s the same color as the sheet I laid it on) and threaded it through a barrette. I then tied tons of ribbon and lace pieces of varying lengths and colors.  I envision this pinned up underneath an updo of sorts.  Need to talk to my hairdresser about that. 😉

Ribbon and Tulle Barrette Veil

Ribbon and Tulle Barrette Veil

These were a lot of fun to make, and of course, could be made with any combination of colors and to any length for a custom order.  Prices will depend on materials used, so if you’re interested, send me a message and let me know what you’re looking for, and I’ll send you a quote.

This brings me to 16 new products, with 24 days left to go in my IndieGoGo campaign.  If I manage to reach my goal of three per day, Monday through Friday, for the next two weeks, I’ll only need to do ten more in the last two weeks to reach my overall goal of 50 new products during the campaign!  I think that’s totally doable, even with school starting again on the 18th.  Removing some things from my plate and refocusing on my priorities will go a long way to helping me reach these goals.

Wedding Wish List

In my last post I talked about how we don’t really want traditional wedding gifts, but would love help with our weddings instead, if anyone is so inclined.  Now that we have a few more plans figured out, I thought I would elaborate on what we’re looking for.  This list is pretty long, and mostly for my own planning purposes.  I certainly don’t expect to get everything donated, or receive enough cash to pay for everything, but every little bit helps.  If you want to donate something, please email me at rewondered@gmail.com so we can arrange the details, or if you want to make a donation via PayPal, you can use my ChipIn.

Gift Cards – Most of the things I’ll need to buy will be at JoAnn Fabrics, Micheal’s, Walmart, and Dollar Tree.

Tables and Chairs – We’re going to need to rent them, because borrowing enough tables and chairs for 75 guests would be rather problematic and a logistical nightmare.  My preliminary estimates show this will cost around $200.

Sound System – We’re DJs, so of course we’re going to want to have music!  I’m planning to use my laptop, but we’ll need some way to hook it up to speakers so it can be heard throughout the yard.  I’m not really sure what the best way to do this is yet, so I’m unsure about the cost.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  We’re considering webcasting the wedding for those who can’t attend in person, so we’ll also need equipment for that if we decide that’s a go.

Popcorn Machine – One of those movie theater types, like the one pictured.  Anyone happen to have anything like this we can borrow? We can rent one for $45 but I’m also finding small ones I can buy for $50-75, and I wouldn’t mind having one of my own. I’ll need to buy popcorn and oil and seasonings as well.

Photographers – Ideally, I’d like to have 2-3 people designated as official photographers.  They don’t necessarily need to be professionals, but should have good digital cameras.  I’m not looking for any kind of professional photo package, I just want digital copies of all the pictures taken, as well as full copyrights so I can do whatever I want with them.  Of course, I’m perfectly willing to allow any pictures taken to be used in the photographer’s portfolio and/or on their website.  Videographers would be awesome, too.

Beverages – We’re working out the details of our catering still, but I’m pretty sure our guests would like things to drink.  So cans and bottles of various drinkables (soda, juice, liquor, mixers, wine, beer, water, etc.) will need to be procured.  Our friends have offered to donate a case of champagne, so we’ll be able to do a toast, but we’ll need some sparkling cider or something for the non-drinkers.

Dishes and Utensils – We’re probably just going with paper and plastic here.  We don’t want to make anyone wash 150 plates and glasses.  I’ll probably just spend $50 or so at the dollar store.

Fabric, Tulle and Ribbon – I am making my dress and vests for all the men in the wedding party.  I’ll also be making fabric, tulle and ribbon streamers for decorations, and fabric flowers.  So I’ll need lots of fabric, tulle, and ribbon in silver/grey and jewel tones (ruby red, amethyst purple, peridot green, emerald green, sapphire blue, topaz orange, etc).

My first purchases for the weddings, including some rolls of tulle and ribbon

Jewelry and Craft Supplies – I want to make flowers out of fabric and ribbon with centers made from old jewelry such as brooches, earrings, rings, buttons, and beads.  I’m going to be making a necklace and corset jewelry for myself.  I’m going to be making as many things for this wedding as I can, so craft supplies are going to be essential!  And of course, I will be making and selling things to raise funds for the weddings, so any old or broken or otherwise unwanted jewelry that I can rewonder would be most appreciated.  Other craft supplies I know I’ll need: glue, crafts sticks and dowels, wire, thread, clothesline or similar rope, poster board, foam core board, tape, plastic bags, and paint.

HP 60 Ink Cartridges (Black and Color) – I’m printing out the invitations, programs, signs, etc. on my handy dandy HP printer.  Which means I’ll also need cardstock, paper, envelopes, and postage stamps.

Costumes, Hats, Masks, etc. – We want to have a photo booth where people can put on funny hats and masks and other accessories and ham it up for the camera.  Since we have people traveling from several different states to attend the weddings, I’m going to ask each guest to have a picture taken with a sign that represents the state they live in.  Or maybe an atlas opened to their state’s page.  It will depend on what I find/make.

Used Books and CDs – We love reading and music, and feel that books and CDs that are no longer wanted should be passed on so someone else can enjoy them.  We are asking our guests to bring a few used books and CDs that they no longer want so we can set up a swap table where they can find some new (to them) treasures to take home.  Any leftovers will be donated to a worthy cause, such as our local library or a group raising funds for a charity we’d like to support.  Anyone who wants to can also send me a box of books and/or CDs before the wedding to “seed” the swap table.

Anything unwanted that I can rewonder and/or sell to raise funds for the wedding – Some suggestions: clothing (all kinds), prom or wedding dresses, shoes and boots, jewelry and watches, purses and other bags, small toys, sewing patterns, curtains and blankets (for the fabric), jewelry boxes and other nifty containers, trinkets and whatnot.  I’m hoping to flood my Etsy shop and eBay over the next few months.

Duplicates in Oregon – We’re doing it all over again in Oregon in 2013 so many of the above things will also be needed there.  I’m also looking for a place to host it that will hold 75-100 people, someone or someones to cater or provide food, someone to make a cake and cupcakes, and of course we’ll need plane tickets so we can be there!

Whew!  That’s quite a list, huh?  And I only have *gulp* 135 days until the wedding.  Guess I better go get cracking! 🙂

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