The dress I had planned to wear this weekend was one I bought just after I had my baby and, whilst I did like it, was very much of an 'it will do' choice as it was the only thing available in my size and budget. At the last minute I decided I wanted to buy a new dress. The two friends of mine who were also going to the wedding both had new dresses.
So Saturday a week ago I went shopping, but was again faced with a limited selection in my size and price range. In the end I found a dress at Myer, who happened to be having a 40% off sale. It looked similar to this, but had a plain strap on the other shoulder and was in hot pink not red (I forgot to take a 'before' photo)
And this is how the top of my dressed ended up
It made the dress something special and I'm rather pleased with the results. There is a combination of crystals, seed beads and sequins in there.
Hubby also decided that he wanted a waistcoat for the event, so a rush shopping trip on Monday night and every spare minute that I wasn't beading went into making this:
I think I need to make him more waistcoats now! I was aiming for a satin brocade but we couldn't find any so we ended up with a quilting cotton. Next time I'll have to back the fabric with something because it's a bit thin and shows the facing inside, but altogether not bad for a rush job that included fitting adjustments.
Now I can get back to my regular sewing and maybe try to do some of my Christmas tasks.....