It's all done...boxed and shipped! And it only took me about 5 months!
I received a lot of comments about my recycling project and it has been a project close to my heart. I want to update you and share some photos so you can see what actually became of Ami's wedding gown.
If you remember in my original post "deconstruction part 1"
Ami had asked me to make ring pillows for her 4 children out of her wedding gown. I told here I would gladly do it and maybe I could think of a few other things they might like as well.
So after working with the dress, measuring & brainstorming this is what I designed.
Each is a little different from simple to more elaborate. Because if Ami's children are anything like mine, they each have very different and distinctive taste!
You might be thinking that's not a lot of items from a huge wedding gown. Because I thought the same thing. But here is what I learned, there isn't a lot of plain fabric on a wedding gown almost everything has some kind of detail and embellishment and you can't sew on or over sequins, lace and beading.
After I finished these projects I wanted to make something special for Ami, it was her dress she sacrificed after all. I couldn't think of anything that would be appropriate for "the mother of the bride". Then I thought....duh....I make purses, why not make a purse? So here it is a little clutch for her to hold, a little piece of her dress that she could have all to herself.
I used what little fabric I had left, removed the lace, beaded applique and attached to the front of her keepsake. I enclosed a little note saying "For Ami, this embellishment was taken off the front bodice of your dress. It was close to your heart when you wore this dress and I hope it will be close to your heart again".