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I normally don't blog on weekends, but I though I should make an exception since last week I end up being super silent. The reason: 3 dresses for weddings, 2 Halloween costumes for friends, a jacket for a groom, and my own Halloween costume. I was so busy sewing that I forgot to take pictures of process – I know! Bad blogger! But I can start to slowly collect and take pictures to show some of my latest work.
The first one is my costume, last year we didn't really have time to plan our costumes so this year we decided early to be a Mail order Bride and Geek. I searched for short wedding dress inspiration, tons of it actually, but since my own costume was at the end of the to-do list. I end up with only 6 hours to make the dress, so I had to change my design and make it more time-friendly. I kept the top just like I wanted and changed just the bottom of the dress, my plan was to have a bottom full of rosettes – very over the top :) but I end up making just an underskirt with left over purple from my real wedding dress and a plain bottom.

I used some old curtains that Ken's aunt Joy gave me (She has the cutest name lol) to make the dress, the purple left overs, and I spend $3 on the white satin I used for the inside and the outside details.

Halloween wedding dress

wedding dress

I just realized I should have steamed the dress before I took the pictures – oops!

fluffy dress

One of my favorite parts were the back, I also made the purple detachable so I can wear it and show as much purple as I want, or none. I also think it looks cute without the underskirt, it's more like a normal dress.

DIY wedding dress

recycled wedding dress

I also made a hairpiece to go with it and wore mail shipping tags, I will share some funny pictures of the swapping costumes we did last night once I have them, and the permission to post them lol

I wish the curtains would have being diamond white instead of pearl white, but ho well! – I think it came out pretty nice :) What do you think?

Ohh! and remember you have until 6PM tomorrow  to enter the $100 gift certificate giveaway from HowJoyful Design, Happy Halloween!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

20 replies
  1. mismikado
    mismikado says:

    I am completely amazed that you made that within 6 hours and for $3! You definitely should be on Project Runway! Is there anything you can’t do?

  2. Bristol Wedding
    Bristol Wedding says:

    these are amazing! I say you should be in project runaway too 2 thumbs up!! =)

  3. Billie Monster
    Billie Monster says:

    Quit being so talented! Kidding, don’t! Hehe. You making that in only 6 hours blows my mind. I’m lucky if I can make a couple pillows in that time haha! The dress is gorgeous!

  4. nikkiwith
    nikkiwith says:

    Your dress is lovely — i have a question, what do you call that type of dressform in the picture?

  5. Tarabella
    Tarabella says:

    I absolutely adore this dress, It’s a dress I would consider wearing to my Senior Homecoming (: l o v e , l o v e , l o v e itttt <3

  6. Ashley Luera
    Ashley Luera says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on this I’m getting married in december of 2009 and would love to make my own dress this would be perfect

  7. Brautkleider
    Brautkleider says:

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