WIMTWW: Cleaning Up Nice!

This past weekend my husband and I went to a wedding.  It was held at an amazing old mansion in Pennsylvania and in typical Emily fashion, I started on my outfit the night before.  I originally had plans to make a whole dress from the fabric of an old bridesmaid dress.  However, Friday morning started around 4 am with a stomach virus for O-man.  Since I wasn't able to actually do much, I used my time to mentally rethink my plan... make an outfit quicker and easier in a few late nght hours versus the several hours during the day I'd planned.

Enter a few other old bridesmaid dresses (I have had 5 hanging in my closet for as many as 10 years, couldn't bear to just donate them...).  I thought I'd taken before pictures, but I'm sure you all know how days with sick kids goes... I thought I'd done a lot of things that day!

Here's what I did:
  • Shortened the hemline consdierably of the skirt from one dress.  I also let it out, it was pre-children!
  • Removed the top portion of another dress.  This was originally a two piece to begin with so it wasn't hard.  I ordered that dress prior to finding out I was pregnant... traded with another bridesmaid who's was waaaayyy too big on her when I found out I was pregnant... had it altered the week before the wedding at 5 1/2 months of pregnancy.  The woman who altered it attached the two pieces together because it wasn't laying right with my rapidly expanding second pregnancy belly.
  • Added a sash from another dressy outfit, but for the life of me can't remember which one, but I remember removing it from something!
The results:
 I had the wrap in the same color as the sash since it was a chilly day and a purse in the teal blue as well.
I did my hair all up, added some awesome Lia Sophia jewelry, and a great makeup job if I do say so myself.  Hmmm, night out with the hubby, kids at home with a sitter... bet you are wondering why I don't have a picture of me in it, right?

Two words....................... Stomach Virus!  Yup, hit me between the first and second course!  Luckily, I made it to the bathroom in time.  Thanks to my Elkins Estate Souvineer Trash Can, we made it the hour home without ruining my fancy duds...

Peace be with you,


Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Nice!!! You just wore like 2 bridesmaid dresses at once, you should feel very accomplished. I'm from PA! Whoho! Hope the wedding was fun :) Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!!

Wendy@Craft Goodies said...

Great re-make! Awesome thinking on re-using your old dresses, it turned out really nice. Hope you're feeling better. Thanks for linking-

The4Rs said...

What a great idea, and so creative and thrifty! Would you please post a link on my Linky Giveaway party? http://the4rsRamblings.blogspot.com

Pam said...

You've altered, upcycled and co-ordinated beautifully. It's a great outfit, Emily!!! You are game starting the day before... LOL!!!

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