Custom Made Lace Wedding Dress For My Best Friend Lou

Resurrection Rags custom wedding dress

My Best friend got married when I was in Oregon and she was in New York. I couldn’t get to her wedding in body but I was definitely there in spirit.

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She wanted me to make her a custom made wedding dress so I did. All of the elements were upcycled vintage laces other than the under pinnings and layers but those were upcycled vintage as well. The front bodice overlay was from a very old vintage wedding dress possibly from the early 1900’s scattered with some fake pearls. The dress was quite tattered when I found it probably on it’s way to a landfill if I had not rescued it from the garage sale pile of  $1.00 each goodies.

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The bodice back closure was from another wedding dress I found at a flea market also on it’s way to the trash at the end of the day. It was silk shantung but the bottom of the skirt was badly stained so I paid 3.00 for it and knew it would go to good use.
The applique cut from the back of the original dress, will be added to the back as a closure, it is a piece from the upcycled vintage wedding dress, beaded flowers on silk shantung. It is just pinned on now and it will not look so sloppy once I fit it into place and sew it on by hand, I love the little fabric covered buttons

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Back bodice with applique pinned in place

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The back panel after being sewn in place

 

 

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And the back finally finished

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The near finished dress, before I changed the flowers and added a bit of lace for the cap sleeves

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The flowers in there final places, some also on the skirt…

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And the lovely Bride with the groom and the groom’s father.

A Trip Home and Antique Shopping

Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness

I was born in a small town in South West Florida, many of my relatives are still living there and have added a few generations of new relatives along the way. My sister whom I had not seen in over 30 years came down and we made a trip to the old town to visit and we went antique shopping, because a tiny old town is always a great place to find antiques:

Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness
Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness

            This is so much better than Disney World!

Stuffed Alligator
You know you’re in Florida in the “booneys” when you find a stuffed gator on display at the local antique shop
Alligator on Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrels
Alligator on Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrels

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 Good old Underwood typewriter

Vintage mixer 1930's or 40's
Vintage mixer 1930’s or 40’s
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I remember the smell of the motor running mixed with the smell of chocolate cake

 

Vintage nic nacs, china, and glassware
Vintage nic nacs, china, and glassware

 I especially liked the elephant

Carousel Horse
All the pretty horses, …there was actually just one of them but I liked it all the same 

 

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Classic Antique Piano, Just Lovely!
Antique player Piano
Dusty old player piano found in an antique store in Labelle, Florida
the workings of an antique player piano
one of the original “computers”

Hand Made Reconstructed One of a Kind

Handmade OOAK Deconstructed Crocheted Bohemian Skirt

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This skirt is a one of a kind deconstructed piece, the yoke of this skirt is from a pair of vintage 1980’s, Gloria Vanderbilt,cotton blue velvet, jeans, and four crocheted cotton, rectangular doilies. The top skirt is from a vintage 70’s cotton crocheted mini-dress and it has an under skirt which was salvaged from a vintage, girls, cotton gauze, dress to which a crinkled taffeta ruffle with raw edges, has been added for that great layered bohemian look.. The original pants zipper is still in use as the front closure and a decorative lace up application has been added to the back yoke. The watch pocket has been appliquéd with a sequined flower patch in deep royal blue (hard to see in the pictures), in order to cover the swan monogram that is Gloria Vanderbilt’s insignia. All of the original pants pockets are still usable, as the crocheted rectangles were sewn on by hand with sturdy quilting thread,or tacked on with vintage buttons in the back.

 

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Handmade Reconstructed Patchwork Apron Top of Vintage Laces

 

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This is a hand made deconstructed/reconstructed patchwork lace apron-style, top, made from vintage laces, vintage cotton eyelet lace, and a bit of satin, the upper edging is cotton crocheted edging, (made by myself), and the upper yoke is vintage, crinkled satin, stitched with random running stitches, it buttons in the back with a pretty vintage brass button, and a loop closure. The upper bodice ties halter style, and the bust is lined with a soft satin lining material. This is a very delicate piece but is well constructed, for durability. and the open back and halter style neck line makes the size slightly more adjustable.

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MARIE ANTOINETTE GARDEN TEA PARTY VINTAGE LACE WRIST CUFF

 

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This beautiful gauntlet/wrist cuff is made from a vintage, green and cream, cotton lace, with leaf and flower motifs, and a sturdy, White Chantilly lace from a vintage wedding dress, it is embellished with little pink ribbon roses, the lower edge is embellished with a moss green, free form, hand crocheted and beaded, bracelet with faux pearls, Australian crystals,glass beads, and malachite chips. It’s closure is a vintage rhinestone button, with hand made cotton loop. A ribbon is used to cinch in the lower arm corset style.
this cuff reminds me of Marie Antionette,and pretty little cakes, and fairies, and tea parties in gardens

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