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Day 232. 133 days and $132 left to go.

Bridesmaid Week!!

Bridesmaid Week!!

Day Seven of Bridesmaid Week begins here…

My guess for the wedding song today…”Here Comes the Bride”!!  Decided to end the week with a little treat.  That’s right, working a wedding dress today!!

Day 232 - Before

Day 232 - Before

You may be shocked, but I found this piece for one dollar.  I know, it pained me to find it in a pile of other tossaways, but when I saw the one-armed dress I just had to have it.  I began to think of who had this before me.  Who actually walked down an aisle in this.  Who toasted with their friends and danced their first dance in this.  It wasn’t the girl below in white…

Whew!! I could have been wearing a hat too!!

Whew!! I could have been wearing a hat too!!

…but perhaps one of the other lasses.  There was something magical thinking about what the dress saw in its other life, and something even more magical knowing that I was going to bring it back out in public.

Since I’m not getting married (ps, thanks for the cute comments that perhaps I may be getting hitched…not yet friends.  “I’m saving myself for Luke Perry.”) I can’t keep this white.  It’s dye time!!  I took a box of RIT’s mint green dye and poured the entire thing into my washing machine and then added the dress.

Dye + Washing Machine = Easy & Awesome

Dye + Washing Machine = Easy & Awesome

After a wash and dry, the piece came out a lovely and subtle shade of celery!! (Colors that are also kinds of food make me happy. Chocolate, melon, coffee…I could live on these three.  If only sushi was a color too).  I first got to taking off the one arm.

Getting rid of the solo sleeve!

Getting rid of the solo sleeve!

We’re going sleeveless today!

And it's gone...

And it's gone...

I began cutting of some of the lace appliques off of the sleeve.

Trimming lace appliques from the sleeve!

Trimming lace appliques from the sleeve!

These are going to come in handy to do a little bit of hiding.

Gotta hide!!

Gotta hide!!

Hiding some of the bits of fabric that came out turquoise, which happened to be under both of the arms.  I began pinning on top of the turquoise areas.

Camoflage time!

Camouflage time!

You can’t even tell anymore!  Next I used some of those appliques to add to the side of the bodice.  I thought these would be pretty extra bits of flare.

Extra little detail on the side!

Extra little detail on the side!

Next came the length and the train.  I didn’t want the gown to drag in the dirt or get stepped on, so it was getting shortened!!

Can't believe I just cut this dress!!

Can't believe I just cut this dress!!

After some last-minute hand stitching and tacking down the bits of lace that were not laying flat the dress was ready to be worn.

Stitching down the final details!

Stitching down the final details!

I’m not headed to a traditional chapel in my dress, but to the Hollywood Bowl which is one of the most beautiful places in the city to kick back and listen to amazing music, drink amazing wine, and meditate like no other (when the music isn’t actually playing).

The Bowl!!

The Bowl!!

It’s a little Swell Season (the amazing duo from Once) mixed with She & Him tonight on the bill…but not before a little pre-show meeting with the gang.

Day 232 - After

Day 232 - After

We chatted but most importantly, we ate!

Ooh, the spread...

Ooh, the spread...

Pork tacos, pesto pasta salad, turkey pastrami sandwiches = Yum Town USA!!!

The lace detailing was my favorite part of the dress…and I loved how the back was relatively sheer.  At this point, I’m sitting mostly because I can’t move due to the food coma.

From the back!!

From the back!!

Ooh, and my gal Lady M came out for a visit too.  Clearly I called her and consulted on the matching outfits.  She was rocking some amazing harem pants too – she’s totally the littlest fashionista.

Lady M

Lady M!

And, as we trekked up the hilly pathways to get to our seats in the upper, upper, upper, upper deck, I ran into ML who so graciously let me know what a fan she was!!

Heart ML!

Heart ML! (and it's not just because we have the same initials!)

Clearly we took a pic – I stole her away from her lovely hubby for a minute to snap this and my night was made before the show even began.

My group of 15 climbed to our seats, broke out some vino and bopped our heads as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward sang.

The little blue speck on stage is Zooey...

The little blue speck on stage is Zooey...

The Swell Season followed and sang us into the dark of the night.  The most lovely of Sunday evenings!!

Ooh, and I had to bring it along, but this month’s BUST has both Zooey and M on the cover.  Also, you can find yours truly on page 43 🙂  It’s like a six degrees of Kevin Bacon deal and there is just one degree between us all.

I'm Busted!! (on page 43...)

I'm Busted!! (on page 43...)

Yay for Bridesmaid Week!!  To celebrate the conclusion, I’ve put together a little “survival kit” complete with the fab book, You Can Wear It Again, chock full of some of the most heinous bridesmaid dresses, a garter, a little bit of champagne and something that will be crafted from the leftover sleeve.

Bridesmaid Survival Kit :)

Bridesmaid Survival Kit 🙂

Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner via random.org on Friday, 7/23!!  I don’t discriminate, so no matter where you are (US/Australia/North Pole) I’ll send it out your way.

Cue rice getting thrown into the air!!

Day 183. 182 days and $179 left to go.

“Ohhh, we’re halfway there.  Woah, livin’ on a prayer!  Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear…”

From the lips of Jon Bon Jovi, yes friends, we are halfway there!  Day 183 has arrived – six months down and six more to go.  Clearly this calls for celebration and a celebration will be had.  My halfway point also just happens to fall on the day of my lovely friend JK’s wedding, so party dress, here I come!

Day 183 - Before

Day 183 - Before

I came across this puppy in my sifting journeys for a buck.  I loved the color most of all and the ruching and gathered waist was totally Grecian, which I adored.  My first thought was to turn it into a mini dress and make the sleeves 3/4 until I got the wedding invitation in the mail.  I knew that this would be the perfect piece for the “black tie optional” dress code.  First plan of attack, the sleeves.

Seam ripping the sleeves

Seam ripping the sleeves

I took my seam ripper and began to carefully take out the stitches – this fabric pulls very, very easy so I had to be gentle with my seam ripping activity.  I was on my way after both sleeves came off.

Sleeveless!

Sleeveless!

I then pinned under the raw edges of the armholes and hand stitched the edges.  Even though this took a little longer than planned, I wanted to make sure it looked clean and precise.

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

After the arms were tweaked, I cinched the sleeves a bit by gathering the material and sewing them together.  Aside from a small style change, it also made the top of the dress a bit more fitted as well.

Strap cinching!

Strap cinching!

And with the addition of some gold jewelry and shoes, a peacock feather in my hair and a glass of champagne in my hand, it was celebration time!

Day 183 - After

Day 183 - After

Ooh, and did I mention that there were pockets?  A dream come true, especially for a wedding.  Camera in one pocket, gloss in the other.

Perfect for quick shots of the lovely new couple dancing the night away to a fab wedding band playing Journey (you know we were all belting out some “Don’t Stop Believing”), Earth, Wind & Fire (I mean, it’s not a wedding if “Dancing in September” isn’t played) and the Black Eyed Peas (yes, whoever had a feeling that it was going to be a good night was right – we lived it up, we smashed it, like oh my God, and then we did it again).

,I heart the back of her dress!

I HEART the back of her dress!

My favorite part of the night was the sweets!  From the cake…

Cake!

Cake!

…to the candy bar filled with sour apple rings and chocolate covered pretzels, I was set!

I Want Candy!

I Want Candy!

Twas the perfect night to spend dancing, toasting, picture taking, smiling, and celebrating with old friends and new friends alike.

No, I did not catch the bouquet :)

No, I did not catch the bouquet, borrowed it solely for the photo op 🙂

To the next six months friends – thank you for all the love and support!  I’m blessed and honored to have you on this trip with me 🙂

Cheers, L’Chaim, Prost, Salute, A Votre Sante, Okole Maluna, Bonski, & Kampai!  xx Marisa