Meet Toes, wearing a gown refashioned from a 1957 donation to the Great Wedding Gown Recycling Project of 2012. Saucy got a friendly response from a lovely lady who has carried this gown with her to seventeen homes over the past fifty five years of marriage and decided she'd like to see something done with it... now that she and her husband are downsizing.
Saucy apologizes for the iPhone photos... she's not trying to make it look worse, intentionally photographing the makeover subject looking all sad and dejected before the new hair and makeup. This isn't the Today show. This was legitimately a tired old dress. The sleeves were torn and worn out, and the sequins on the bodice had yellowed with age. Some of the beading turned a funny shade of grey.
The skirt was immaculate, though. It had a nice, swishy, fifties vibe that Saucy decided to capitalize on. Generally, the shape of the dress was classic and timeless (she really loved the boatneck neckline with mesh and wanted to work off that, but it was just too crooked to keep).
Enter the complete makeover of the bodice. It's now a halter top... and a bit of a daring one at that.
It took some bravery to cut that bodice away. Bravery on the part of Toes, who allowed herself to be a human mannequin as Saucy took the scissors to the dress while it was on her person.
Bravery for Saucy because, it could have gone really wrong for the dress. It might not have kept its structure. It might have been too daring... it might have caused a wardrobe malfunction. Saucy just cannot have that if she's taking photos of Cheerios.
It's a good thing that as a flyer for The Cheerios, Toes has no fear and she's up for anything. Like having Saucy snip those shears right next to her skin, and then jumping right up to the top of a tree for photos.
No, Toes doesn't have a tattoo. Saucy drew it with some of Kat Von D's tattoo liner and they called it a day. It sort of rounded out the entire hippy, bohemian thing going on.
That's one cute bohemian hippie, don't you think?
The butterfly bouquet... the tutorial for it is on the post below. It's just sweet and fresh and light. Kind of like Toes.
Saucy picked off every one of the old yellowed sequins and grey beads. It took one pair of magnifying glasses, a pair of tiny scissors, one viewing of The Wedding Singer and half of The Help. It was so worth it.
The dress? Still wearable, ultimately. But there are few girls in this world as petite as Toes or the sweet original owner of the dress who Saucy hopes enjoys the result. Saucy may re-invent the skirt in yet another form, depending on her mood. It is a pretty fabulous skirt.
Proving... yet again... that you can look fabulous without spending a fortune on a wedding gown.
Would you say yes to this dress?