Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday, old pictures and Wedding dresses

 I found this picture when I was cleaning files.  I have to laugh as the smile I have here is a fake.  In the spring of this particular year I had gotten sick with a bad infection and was off my meds for about 4 months leading to steroid use.  Finally I was cleared for a low dose chemo drip and I was so happy to get off steroids.  Well the day after my 4 hour treatment we decided to ride the Hiawatha trail.  I felt great and I was so up to know I could get off steroids.  We completed the trail, but I did not realize how weak and sick I was from the treatment.  By the end of the ride I was throwing up and we took a shuttle back to the top of the trail.  Ah good times.
 Here are the three girls.  I don't know how long ago this was taken. Can you believe they all have different colored hair?  How did that happen?
 Yesterday was wedding dress redo's.  Here is a 1950, sleeves removes and bead mock up pinned on.  I will try it on bride and cut away at shoulders.  I will also have to alter and add cut away lace at arms.

There is a 1970's dress behind that I am working on.  Both of these dresses were soaked in a biz solution for three days to whiten and remove stains.


Here is the dress back.  I will cut away the key hole down to the waist. This dress will be tea length and be worn to a Western Wedding, with cowboy boots.
 I am taking the lace motifs off an old wedding dress that was badly stained. I found this for $1.00 at goodwill.  These motifs will be hand stitched to the above dress and pearls re added where needed. dress.



I save everything from my wedding alterations.  Then I pull lace scraps from bags.  Pearls and sequins and rhinestones are also saved for redo's.


This allows me to keep my prices down so I can charge a lot for my labor.

Both of these dresses are due out next week along with several prom dresses.  I guess I had better get to work.


Mom was sick yesterday.  She made a big mess of her bed and the bed ruffle and the carpet.  So I also have all that laundry to finish.  I hope she feels better today.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.

Kim

28 comments:

  1. Your smile did not look fake! Beautiful dresses! I never throw away anything either but then again, the only brides for me to please are my own girls. and bthey don't worry about cost...

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    1. Well this was taken before the ride so it is cheating.

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  2. Love the pictures. The brides to be will be beautiful walking down the aisle in the finished dresses.

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  3. A friend had three grown daughters--a brunette, a blonde, and a redhead. He said a soldier, mailman, and farmer were the fathers. He had done all three.

    What kind of home sergers do you own, the brands? Why do you have two? Which would you recommend. I sold my home serger and want to buy another some day.

    Those dresses are so white they sparkle. I need to get busy and use the Biz I bought on a few things. I, also, saved scraps of most things. There were so many people who thought I should get rid of these scraps that I actually used.

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    1. I have owned Husgavarna and I like those the best. I have a Janome which is a piece of crap. Also have owned an Elna which was good. I have two one for dark and one for light.

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  4. "This allows me to keep my prices down so I can charge a lot for my labor."
    Hehehe
    My oldest two got brown eyes and dark hair thanks to Hubs' genes.
    College Boy got green eyes and lighter hair and his beard grew in red thanks to Yours Truly's gene. Nobody got my "Cilantro tastes like soap" gene mutation thankfully.

    Speaking of exercising, you should have seen me RUNNING across the parking lot at R-A today when the wind too my shopping cart. ACK! Surprised I didn't need an inhaler afterwards......

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    1. I got your cilantro tastes like soap gene.

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  5. Love the dresses. I still have my dress from 1974 - Mom and I made it. I was only married to him for 10 years. Now I know how to whiten material for use in something else.

    I think you took a great pic.

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    1. This was taken before the ride. Well send that Wedding dress here my friend.

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  6. Lovely dresses. Hope your mom feels better.

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    1. Thank you and she is actually quite the little chatter box this morning.

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  7. Old dresses made new! Beautiful work!

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  8. Reuse, recycle, repurpose! Love it!

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  9. I think the 50's dress with your alterations is going to be stunning!

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  10. Wow, those dresses will ne fabulous.

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  11. I am in LOOOOOOVVVEEE with that wedding dress. It looks similar to what I wore on my wedding day.
    You have a beautiful family.
    Funny, I had a painter doing interior work in here who, when he gave me the estimate said, "Remember, supplies are cheap, labor is expensive."

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    1. With wedding lace at 50.00 a yard, and lace yardage up to 500.00 a yard supplies can be really expensive also..

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  12. Those wedding dresses!!!! Especially the 1950s one. I know you would know how to fix a mistake, but I would be scared to death to cut into one!!! Your girls are so pretty. Hope mom is better today!

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    1. All mistakes can be fixed, some just take a lot longer.

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  13. love to see your sewing room and I adore that wedding dress, it's gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, it is so full right now I am losing my mind.

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