Saturday, September 11, 2010

Doily Dress

photo by Gina Canali

Isn't this dress absolutely stunning?! You can read in the link above how the bride created it herself hand-stitching doilies together. I love the green; such a unique choice for a wedding dress. My dress was not that unique nor did I make it. I found it at a bridal shop in Barrington, Illinois, not too far from Chicago. It's a charming little boutique set in a old 1930's house that was actually ordered from a Sears catalog. (Having a house arrive via the mail--who knew!) This boutique buys sample wedding dresses from couture bridal shops in the city. My dress was actually a five thousand dollar gown that I purchased for five hundred that a wizard of a seamstress transformed from a size 8 to a size 2.

Moving on from reminiscing, thanks to those of you who made this morning a success, and my apologies to those of you who tried and came up empty handed. It won't be this way forever! After today's sale, I splurged on some luxurious fabric: think plush 100% silk velvet boots in a antique gold for Christmas. Now I am sipping an energy drink from a princess cup, trying to muster up enough gumption to clean up my studio. I'd love to tell you I create in an immaculate space, but the truth is that while I am making something new, the better the ideas, the bigger the mess. I'm also thinking it should be time for another blog post on photo editing; if you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them. Wishing you a restful, relaxing weekend!


Julie said...

That dress is perfect! I love that green coming through.

Megan said...

love that dress...oh to have lived in the time that women still "dressed" everyday, i'm lucky to stay clean for the first 10 minutes of my day..sigh... as for photo editing, i want to know how to make the colors i want to pop, pop... i am so new at this so i am probably using the wrong lingo :)

Mande said...

That dress is fantastic! I am dreaming of plush velvet boots for Christmas!! xo

Simone Howell said...

That dress is amazing! Also LOVE the little brown shoes that are "in the works." I just found out I'm going to be an aunt and am hoping for a niece so I can buy her some Joyfolie SHOES!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

oh that dress is so pretty! The shape is fantastic and I love the concept, not one I could ever have come up with on my own but such a creative idea! Dresses like that remind me of an other era. :)

My own wedding dress was a similar story to yours-a small little boutique that sold designer bridal samples.

Pretty shoes! Love the fabric!

Brianne-zam said...

dreaming of the christmas boots!

would love some tips on indoor photography. what if you have to take a photo of a wonderful moment, but the available indoor lighting is horrible. it seems like all my poor kids' birthday photos are so sad, since they are not sitting next to a window when they open presents or eat cake. they end up looking yellow or dark.

Jessica said...

Blast! I swear to you, I went in and posted comments twice! Anyhow, yes.. the dress is really lovely. (Go DIY bride!)

Simone, congrats on being an aunt!!! I love your tablecloths! I really want one! :)

Jen D (Mrs. Life) your dress was gorgeous--loved the blue sash.

Thank you, too, for the photography tutorial suggestions. If anyone has any others, feel free to share them! Brianne, yours is especially good... and something I might need to research a little :)

Mrs Soup said...

What a GORGEOUS dress! And those shoes are just adorable!

Sandy said...

I am so glad I found you back. I visited before in the middle of the night (early morning - I am a nursing mom) I was so tired I forgot the name.
Now I found you back via "dearLillie" I am so happy now. Your blog is beautiful. Such a delightful energetic source of beautiful inspiration. Love it.

Saw this dress before and since I am already married maybe I will make a long top of skirt?

Til soon...


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