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The ETD Revamp

I have to confess that I only liked my dress at the Epic Titanic Dinner but thanks to the revamp that Bridget and I did I now LOVE it!

It's amazing how small fixes can change everything. "Small" not equaling little time of course, alterations always being time consuming. First Bridget and I pinned up the black chiffon skirt (while it was on me of course, B not having dress form), changing the angle on the side and making it more dramatically asymmetrical. I was way too conservative the first time. Once that was where we like it, we took off the black chiffon "scarf" that was on one side of my bodice along with all the beaded trim on the bodice. We moved the scarf over so it didn't end in the center front, changing the angle so it better matched the skirt. So much better!

I then had to completely remove the skirt, recut the top, fold over the top edge, gathered and hand stitched it to the boned bodice lining. Once that was done I stitched the bodice black chiffon back on and re stitched on the vintage beaded trim, keeping it only on the black this time. To balance out the decoration on the bodice I added a row of spaced gold seed beads to the ivory "scarf".

For such little changes it was a lot of work (mostly thanks to the evil natures of the fabrics involved) but so worth it in the end. Which of course begs the question why didn't I just do that the first time?! I blame the sleep deprivation and the fact that my brain had to keep track of too many things the week I finished the dress. Oh well - it's fixed now!

While I was working on the construction bits Bridget was going to town on the embellishment. She beaded the gold laces on the top and bottom then finished the beading by gluing rhinestones and sequins all over. Yay - bee bling!! *happy butt wiggle*

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girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 16th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC) (link)
I agree, the little tweaks really bring it from pretty to wow! I love the embellishment and the drape.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 16th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - I've so glad you think so. Amazing what little tweaks can do!
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: April 16th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow, your dress is gorgeous and so opulent! I love the redo (though it was lovely before, of course). You do have the best sister ever!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! I felt amazing when I wore it!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: April 16th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC) (link)
So beautiful! You look so serene and very pretty in these photos, with all the stresses of the last few weeks far away :D
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much. I was all about forgetting my real life and just enjoying myself that evening. I was also channeling my inner demure Gibson girl. I really need to do more Edwardian. The frocks can be mean about getting made but they sure are fun to wear!
sadievale From: sadievale Date: April 17th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC) (link)
Ah, very nice! sounds like you had fun at the event too, :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It was a great event...
blackcat452 From: blackcat452 Date: April 17th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC) (link)
It looked good before, but looks great now, its always a good feeling when we get them just right.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (link)
Yep sometimes frocks need a few tries to get them right but it's so worth it when they are "right"!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 17th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC) (link)
So pretty! I mean, it was pretty before, but the changes that you made just take it up that extra notch. You look gorgeous! And relaxed :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! I was very relaxed that evening. I loved doing my dinner but it was such fun to just go and be - I took full advantage I promise!
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: April 17th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC) (link)
Well, My Goodness! Your gown is just stunning! How perfectly lovely!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much! I do love it now...
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: April 17th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC) (link)
Wow, what a difference! Your dress went from already lovely to over-the-top awesome! I love it :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much. Amazing what a few little tweaks can make. Well and a lot of rhinestones. Hee.
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: April 17th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC) (link)
It was really beautiful, so of the time period in a good way.

I got some nice pics of your train, when I finally finish going thru all the pics I'll post them.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh you did get some good pics of my train and of the other side of my dress - so exciting! I have to remember next time I make an asymmetrical dress to make sure and get pictures from all the angles since it's so different on each side! Thanks so much!

Edited at 2012-04-20 08:51 pm (UTC)
librarycat73 From: librarycat73 Date: April 18th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC) (link)
Wow! Those"tweaks" sound like a lot of work. You look so beautiful and your dress is really lovely.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Alterations always are - so worth it in the end though!!
newmoonstar From: newmoonstar Date: April 20th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC) (link)
Your dress is beautiful! You look amazing in these photos. Chiffon can be so nasty to work with, but you made it look so effortlessly draped. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 20th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! Yes I learned my lesson with chiffon this time but it's so lovely when it's done!
sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: April 30th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC) (link)
you look stunning! your gown is gorgeous!
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