Looking in wedding magazines before taking Mustang Sally's photographs led Saucy to look at all of the beautiful new wedding dresses and she was particularly taken with the new Vera Wang collection. Even more so when Ms. Wang appeared on Oprah to unveil her new collection, White by Vera Wang. The whole idea of affordable couture had Saucy more than intrigued.
Later, when out thrifting, Saucy ran across this little number:
Thirteen dollars. Twelve dollars and ninety-nine cents, to be exact. In pretty fine shape, just in need of a light sponge bath around the hem. It's pure polyester, it can take it. Into the bathtub it goes.
Are you thinking what Saucy's thinking?
A Loopy photo shoot. Let's do it. Let's turn this plain jane thrifted prom dress into something spectacular. Are you in?
The bodice has potential. The potential to be covered up. Again, it's in wonderful shape. The very light pink colour won't be a problem. Even some of Vera Wang's new collection are in pastel shades.
Saucy paid a visit to her discount fabric store. Its more like a rat's-nest hole-in-the wall but she invested another fourteen dollars on fabric. She got the last chunk of ivory organza off the roll and a huge whack of fine tulle. Oh, and a little black netting too, that seems to be a trend. All of it for fourteen bucks.
Now, she just has to work a little magic. And she doesn't sew, you know that. She can pull out a needle and thread to pull it all together, but don't go expecting an all-out reconstruction project worthy of the runway. This is for a photo shoot so looks, not construction, are key.
Should she layer the tulle and organza over the skirt?
Should she cut the organza into wild, uneven strips and slip stitch it together to create a sculptural effect?
Or, if she can't decide, a little bit of both? And maybe add some feathers... she has a few ivory boas in a box in the attic. You bet she does. She even has some fabulous long black vintage gloves around somewhere.
These gowns by Vera Wang take Saucy and Loopy's breath away. Loopy will certainly wear one of them to become Mrs. Jonas. If you want your breath taken away, have a look at the runway show here. Then come back, and tell Saucy how you would go about this thrift-gown-makeover.
Because she really, really doesn't know exactly where to begin but she knows it will be fun and it will be fabulous.