Revival of the Illusion Neckline!

May 8th, 2013

I’m not much of a fashion connoisseur, but being a designer, I know what I like when I like it! So with no formal background or schooling in the fashion realm, I’ll boldly say that I (and you too) can take something as unoriginal as a mass produced bridesmaid dress (no offense of course to Miss Vera Wang) and make it yours by making it one of a kind! Now, this could be like the time I decided to add band stickers to my acoustic guitar and people looked at me like I was nuts…or maybe the idea of being original isn’t as bad as adding sequins (purchased for $3 from Michael’s Craft Store) to a Vera Wang design? I guess we’ll find out!

One of my best friends, Carrie, was getting married and asked me to be in her wedding. She told me she was going the mismatched bridesmaids dress route which I thought was super cool and exciting to hear. It gave us all the chance to be our unique selves. She gave me a color swatch and told me to pick out something that was unique and…myself! I could help but take this assignment to the next level. Here’s the Vera Wang bridesmaid dress I picked out for the wedding:

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The illusion neckline is one vintage fashion trend that’s been revitalized with enough twists, takes, and fervor to become one of my favorite formal looks. I thought this one could use some bedazzlin’. Here’s some of my inspiration for adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to the neck:

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After picking out two tones of silver sequins and gray thread to match, I hand-stitched them onto the bobbin netting, each being about an inch apart. This video proved very useful for sequin stitching: How to Sew Sequins

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and voilà! A super easy and super fun attempt at being a fashion designer! Woot woot!

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Now whether or not I get laughed at for altering a Vera Wang dress…I guess that doesn’t matter to me! Especially when I gots this arm candy!

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