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Baby Shower Dress

At the beginning of this pregnancy our doctors told us there was very good chance that our little guy wouldn’t make it. We had an early ultrasound where they weren’t able to find a heartbeat. Later that week, I had all of the symptoms of a miscarriage. Brian and I spent that night praying and believing for a miracle. We had ultrasound the next day there was a heartbeat!!

Later that same week, I experienced those same symptoms of a miscarriage again. We started praying for another miracle. At the emergency room, the doctor did and exam and told me that I most likely had miscarried, but that they wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure. And praise God, that tiny little heartbeat was still there! Over the next few weeks, the doctors found other concerns that the baby just might not make it. Brian and I spent that time praying and acknowledging God’s goodness no matter the circumstance.

When I saw this dress I thought, “that’s my baby shower dress!” but I was so hesitant to buy it because “what if there wasn’t going to be a baby shower?” Just a few months before I had packed away maternity clothes because of loss and didn’t want to do that again and we had so many reasons to think that we wouldn’t get to meet this baby here. So I stood next to the rack of vintage dresses, probably looking a little insane, debating with myself over this dress. I knew that part of believing for our miracle was knowing that God is good no matter what. No matter what. So the dress came home with me. These before pictures were taken when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with our little boy:) 2016-05-20_0002

I didn’t start working on it until just before my shower because I knew that I would continue to grow right up until the day of the shower! I wanted to keep the collar but I was unsure of what else the dress needed. I started by taking up the waist a few inches. I wanted the elastic band to fit around the top of my baby belly. I also shortened the sleeves into cap sleeves and finished them off with white bias tape. I thought I would need to take a few inches off the hem but it actually just fell right where I wanted it to! I spent a few hours sewing pearl beads onto the collar to help give it a little more of an updated look. Lastly, I threw together a simple lining for the dress because it was completely see through!

I didn’t quite finish the dress in time to wear it for the shower that my mom and future sister-inlaw threw for me but I was able to get it done in time for my second shower that was thrown by my mother-inlaw at the church that Brian and I attend. Our little guy was completely spoiled at both of our showers and we feel so blessed that we will have him here in a couple of weeks!

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Dresses

Blue Lace Print Dress

I didn’t know I could love a fabric print the way that I love this print! It’s incredible!blue lace before-100

I found this treasure at a local thrift store for $1.50 and it really was love at first sight! I found a few other old treasures that day as well but this was my favorite.  I didn’t really want to change it that much. I liked the basic shape and neckline. I loved the pearl buttons!

I took the dress apart at the waist and removed the sleeves. I wanted to keep the original hem at the bottom of the dress because of the pleats. I cut off some of the top portion of the skirt to adjust the length of the dress. I also cut off some of the bottom part of the top of the dress so that the waist would fall higher.  I tried to save the original elastic from the waist but I ended up accidentally cutting it in half…twice. So I found some elastic I had taken out of another project and attached it to the top of the skirt. I then reattached the bottom and the top pieces together. I took in the sides about an inch and trimmed a little off the shoulders and gave the arm holes a new hem. I felt like the dress needed something extra so I made a belt out of the extra fabric to tie around the waist! I was really happy with how this dress turned out! I even wore it to my sister in law’s bridal shower! blue lace after-100blue lace after-102 blue lace after-104 11813320_10207688925844276_7742838749215897504_n

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Wednesday Addams’s Dress

It’s not often that I say, “now that is some nice velvet.” In fact I don’t think I had ever said those words until I found this dress.

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I shortened the dress by about 6 inches and chopped off the sleeves then gave them a new hem. I took the sides in about an inch on each side. I also gave the dress new elastic. The old elastic was completely stretched out.

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wednesday addams before-106I turned the dress around and cut a v-neck into the collar and finished off the seam. I was left with that line of six buttons now awkwardly on the back of my dress. I ripped them off and sewed up that seam. I replaced them on the shoulder because they seemed happy there. Now this dress is ready for something besides a 1960’s tv show.

edited blue and white afters-106edited blue and white afters-105edited blue and white afters-104Exciting news! My little sister (well, technically Brian’s little sister) is getting married soon! I decided that it would be the perfect “little black dress” to wear for her bachelorette party! We had a great time and this dress was so comfortable all night long!! Can you even believe how gorgeous the bride to be is?!?

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My Wedding Dress

I spent nine months working on my wedding dress refashion. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had sewn quilt tops with my grandma and watched her hem my prom dresses. I literally bled, sweat, and cried on the dress while figuring it out. In the end it was totally worth it.

Six weeks before my parents were to be married, my mom still hadn’t found a wedding dress. My dad’s mother, my Grandma June (in the yellow, on the left), volunteered to make her one. Grandma spent the next 6 weeks sewing the perfect 70’s wedding dress for my mom.

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When I was little and would look through my parents wedding album, I would dream of the dress that my grandmother would make for me someday. I met Brian just after my grandma passed away in 2008. Eventually, Brian and I realized that we were hopelessly in love and decided to get married. Because I had been so close with my Grandma June, when it came time for me to pick out a dress I just couldn’t. I had to find some way to include my grandma in the making of my dress.

My mom dug out her old dress and I started the refashion. The dress was pretty damaged but I was determined. I took the entire dress apart. Each seam that I ripped, I remembered my grandmother. It felt like we had one last sewing project together.

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First I removed the sleeves. I saved the buttons and the button loops. Those later replaced the zipper that was on the back of the dress. I also removed the upper collar piece. After I removed that, the neckline was almost exactly what I wanted.

I had to completely rework the back of the dress. Because the outer layer was so damaged, I replaced it with a lace overlay. I made the keyhole back from pieces of the lace and beaded them with the original beads from my mom’s dress.

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My grandma saved everything. I went in her craft room and she still had the extra beads and fabric scraps from the dress, from 1978! I used the extra fabric to repair a hole that was in the silky layer of the dress.

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The thing that concerned me the most about the dress was that my mom is at least THREE INCHES shorter than me. Good old grandma… she put a FOUR INCH hem in the dress. It was like grandma had made the dress for me, my mom just got to wear it first. I reattached the lace trim to the bottom. I sewed the last bead on the dress the morning of my wedding.

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And that is how I spent $20 on a wedding dress;)

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I thought it was only right to include a few more photos of these incredible people that have stayed married all these years and shown me the meaning of loving in good times and in bad 🙂 The photos on the left were taken at our wedding when my mom and dad won the “Anniversary Dance” and were celebrated as the longest married couple! 37 years and counting!

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Our wedding photos were taken by the incredibly talented Amanda VanVels Photography. My parents wedding photos were taken by Everett McCormick.