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What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:53 pm

...THIS DOES !!

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This project put everything we were doing on hold most of the year since the snow melted!
My wife and I both hold full time jobs and did this in the basement sewing room and the dining room, which we didn't eat in for 6 months.
The gown was totally designed and created by us...no pattern.
There's a little over 20yrds of bridal satin, several other types of fabric, about 100 custom embroidered appliques and a few thousand beads, crystals and sequins of numerous types on there.
Pictured is my daughter Jessica on her wedding day 11-11-11, Smathers Beach Key West.

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:47 pm

beautiful!!

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:44 am

What a treasured keepsake and memory that will be for her! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding dress!!! :{_}:

Job well done!

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:50 am

Surely a different project on the Cub board.... awesome outcome! Congrats, very nice work (all the way around).

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:58 am

Marion:

Wow :!: :shock: That dress is gorgeous. And to think you both did it yourself off the cuff is simply amazing :D Very well done. I can imagine your daughter was one proud as well as a happy beautiful bride.

Knowing some of your projects .. you/I know you do great work .. but ... whoddahthunkthis :?: :?: :?: Some of the fabrication skills of our members is simply mind-boggling and this is definitely one of them :D Simply outstanding :!:

Em says the dress is absolutely beautiful and that your daughter is a very beautiful bride. You must both be proud :D

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:39 am

Marion,

Simply beautiful (the bride also)! I asked my wife to come look and she agreed. I might add that in 25 + or - years you can have at it again and use the gown as part of your granddaughter's bridal gown. That is what happened in our family.

Bill

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:56 am

Hiya Bill !
We drug Jan all the way to Key West for a week to see her Granddaughter get married too!
We wore her out taking her to all there is to see on Key West.

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:13 am

Thanks for the praise fellas! We put soooo much time into this! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME !!!! HAHAHA !!!
The gown is exquisite in every aspect. The pics truly do not represent the real beauty and detail of workmanship.
Most of the attached embellishments are silver foil-backed, and the thing just reflects any and all light in an awesome way.
One has to see it in person to get the whole effect.
Jess loved it...groom Joseph loved it...she got stopped everywhere she went the night of the wedding for comments and inquiries as to where she ''bought'' the dress!
Most all were astonished to hear a nurse and a machinist made it from scratch!
We spent countless hours hand sewing each and every embellishment on the dress one by one.
Chilled Pinot Grigio helped calm the nerves too !
Pamela and I had great fun, and yes, some frustration as well creating this masterpiece.
It was all so TOTALLY worth it to witness the joy as two became one on the beach at sunset.
...and, now y'all know why I have a head of all grey and white hair...it's from the stress of letting that out of the house in high school on Friday and Saturday nights to be with boys :wink:

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:56 pm

Outstanding Marion! Congratulations on a job well done. And your daughter is lovely!

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:29 pm

Well done!

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:45 pm

As others have said, a beautiful dress and beautiful bride. Congratulations on both.

Bob

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:54 pm

Beautiful dress and bride! You should be proud of both. My mother in law made my wife’s wedding dress, not quite as intricate as yours, but still special dress to always cherish.

Thanks for sharing,

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:55 pm

Marion,

Just had my daughter look at the pics. "That is BEAUTIFUL." She owns a bridal store in Mentor. Thought you would like to know.

Bill

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:17 pm

The dress may have taken 6 months, but a daughter like that takes a lifetime.

Re: What takes 6 months to make in your spare time?

Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:48 pm

A worthy project for a worthy daughter, huh? And never any regrets for the effort -- she's your daughter!!!

A beautiful job!! You can be very proud of both.
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