wedding gown refashion {four}



With the help of Cheerio Captain Quinn, Saucy has completed another wedding gown makeover challenge.  Just like Sue Sylvester herself, Saucy has a Cheerio captain named Quinn who is tall, lean and lovely.  That is where the similarities end... Saucy's Captain Q (unlike the television character) is also kind, responsible, caring and very good-natured.

So once again... advantage: Saucy.  Poor Sue.


Here's Q wearing the dress shortly after it arrived for the challenge.  It fit her like a dream, but this isn't 1977... it called and it wanted those lace thingys back.


And here is the gorgeous Q wearing the dress, after Saucy Vera-Wangified it.  Same dress?  Yes it is.


The original: score if you like lacy peplums and bows on the backside.  Score again if you like trains.

Wrigley likes trains... score!


Q, Fly Girl and Saucy had a good long look at this gown during the first fitting.  It was decided that those tiers of lace had to go.  Along with the sleeves and the peplum (and the butt bow) they hit the floor there and then.

It had to happen.  You know it had to happen.


As you well know, Saucy is no seamstress but on this project she felt more like a designer-slash-tailor than ever before.  She really had to think the steps through to achieve the look she wanted.  After cutting down the bodice, she used a fairly crude draping method and hand stitched the new tulle overlay in place.  It was only after all the new tulle construction was finished that Saucy dare cut the shoulders off the original bodice.

Also, she needed the strength of the shoulders in order to hang the dress to work on it.  She didn't want the new tulle shoulder straps to stretch on the hanger.


After the bodice overlay was on the gown, the new tulle skirt started to form.  It was just eight dollars of tulle, gathered and tucked and stitched into place on top of the original chiffon skirt (that had been stripped of its lace details).


And... voila!  Just like Vera Wang, Saucy went for the oversized, abstract black tulle bow sash.  It's very sculptural.


DJ Jazzy Anna agreed to come along and be Q's pretend bridesmaid.  Don't they look gorgeous together?  Saucy can't tell you how long she's known these two.  DJ Jazzy Anna lived next door to The Fan and The Secret Weapon when she was just a baby.



Okay, in photos Saucy can't help but admit there are a few things she would still like to change on this frock but it's lovely and Q looks beautiful in it, doesn't she?


Each one of these dress refashions is like a mini home economics lesson (at which time Saucy mutters under her breath for dropping that class after eighth grade as she still doesn't know how to put a zipper in).  However, we are all learning that you can achieve a certain look (at least for photos) that doesn't have to cost a fortune.







We took photos on the steps of one of Saucy's favourite places to shop, it's long gone and boarded up.  She found so many awesome knick knacks there.


Saucy still can't decide, and the verdict was torn on Facebook too: hazy (top view) or not hazy (below)?  You be the judge.  Saucy gave you both.







Simply beautiful!







She might say it after every dress makeover, but this is Saucy's favourite.  It's the most modern and fashion-forward of the finished looks and it needed more actual creation and less destruction.  It was a brain-churner that's for sure but the results are pretty spectacular.

And, having a couple of exceptionally pretty models didn't hurt, again.  Advantage: Saucy.

10 comments:

Jacki said...

What a wonderful transformation, and the photos are amazing, as always!

What is in the center of the bouquet?

Looking forward to dress 5 :-)

Saucy said...

The bouquet (from the outside-in) is: silver sage picked from the backyard planters while I emptied them out for the winter on Sunday, snapdragons from Costco... And in the middle... also some funky growers bunch from Costco but the texture was so fuzzy and cool against the snapdragons and sage. I wish I knew what it was called, so if there are any florists out there, let us know!

Kerrie said...

Hard to decide but maybe the best dress overhaul yet, although all the pictures you take of each girl are equally gorgeous. How many dresses do you have in the hopper? Do you need any more? My sister is divorced, I'm sure she'd give you hers just on a lark!

Also, I love the styling on the hair for this shoot Vera does the sleek but unstructured chingnon as well... You're a good study. The girls look amazing. And, what's going on up there? Every single one of them could be models!

Kerrie said...

Hard to decide but maybe the best dress overhaul yet, although all the pictures you take of each girl are equally gorgeous. How many dresses do you have in the hopper? Do you need any more? My sister is divorced, I'm sure she'd give you hers just on a lark!

Also, I love the styling on the hair for this shoot Vera does the sleek but unstructured chingnon as well... You're a good study. The girls look amazing. And, what's going on up there? Every single one of them could be models!

Saucy said...

Kerrie, I'd always take another dressI have about four "in the hopper" as you say. I have a decent plan for two of them but the others, I AM STUMPED!

You people are really pulling out all the stops to challenge old Saucy, aren't you? ;D

Sandra D said...

Definately the best dress makeover yet. The black bow is just the perfect edgy touch.

Linda Bee said...

The wedding dress refashions is one of my favorite features on your blog! Keep 'em coming, I can't wait to see what you do next. Are you still taking dresses?

Angela said...

The center plant in the bouquet, is Cockscomb!
Lovely job, as always, my dear... it would have been so fun to have helped you (I can put in a zipper) ;)

Love,
Angela

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