Thursday, August 6, 2009

"Summertime Dress", Final Chapter

I started with this:and finished with this: Now that it's all done (well nearly, I did find 2 things to fix during the photo shoot), I have to say that I love the dress and am very proud of myself for altering the pattern and doing all that beadwork. I really challenged myself on this one, and I'm so glad that I cleared both hurdles without landing flat on my face! I'd also like to add that if you've never worked with Bamboo knit before, you really need to try!

Special-Ultra-Fantastic Thank You to DH for taking these wonderful pictures! He's really been supportive of this contest entry, and I'm so grateful for having such an amazing husband. He took the time to think about a better photo location (than our yard), and planned it for the right time of day, rather than the most convenient (although we did disagree over the right shoes to wear!). We had a lot of fun during this "photo shoot" so here are some of the best shots...
The Front

The Back

The Side

The Best of the Beads Shot
The Cheesecake Shot

The BWOF (Useless, but Fun) Shot

The Head Shot


And, a very special thanks to all of you that commented and offered advice and opinions. You all gave me food for thought, and I appreciate that so much!

If you're joining the story late, here are chapters 1, 2, 3, and the pictures start here.

Little Miss Princess keeps getting confused, and says, "Mom, I like your dress, and think you'll win a million dollars!" Oh baby, if it was a million, this dress would be a whole 'nother story! Win or lose, I love my new dress and look forward to altering other patterns for a fresh look and improving my beading skills.
Here's my review.

30 comments:

Adrienne said...

It looks great!!! I love your shoes!

Julia said...

You are already a winner with that dress and a husband and daughter who are so supportive!

eword10 said...

Your dress is amazing! I love the blue beads. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Kim said...

Great dress! I like both pairs of shoes...lol. Congrats making something beautiful and unique.

Michelle said...

Truly a fantastic dress, and unrecognizable from the original...in a GOOD way! Your changes were perfect.

Natasha said...

Not only is the dress stunning,as well as you, but the beading is so perfect. Just gorgeous!

Eugenia said...

Great dress - I love the way that you have adapted this pattern, it looks fab.

Dei said...

This looks so tailored just for you. Great job! Your attention to detail and fit paid off.

Dana said...

Great dress! I love that you really can't tell that it came from this pattern - a true original!

LaKaribane said...

You are going to kill with that dress!!!

And I LOVE the black shoes, so sexy!

Anonymous said...

So nice to see the fabric from the dungeon living such a wonderful life! Good Job!

Ressy
EFQ

Deepika said...

Kristine, I love your dress! The beading is just wonderful! Will see you at the expo.

Audrey said...

Your dress looks great. I couldn't believe you made the trim yourself until I read through your early posts. Fantastic!

Omega said...

I LOVE your dress and you look fabulous in the pictures. That was a great location your DH suggested.

elbereth said...

Wow, what a great job! Your dress is lovely and so impressive!

gwensews said...

Woo-hoo! Gorgeous dress. And the model--!! I was impressed that you sat on the railing. Had that been me--I'd have definitely fallen off into the lawn! I wish you good luck in the contest, and can't wait to see that dress in person!

Sigrid said...

WOW, gorgeous dress. Good luck with the contest. Very unique and special, you did a great job!

btw: I laughed at your BWOF caption "useless but fun". Very much BWOF.

Dawn said...

Bwaaaa haaa haaa. I laughed out loud with the "Burda shot." Too funny. Love the dress!

Shannon said...

All your hard work paid off - you look great!

Marsha said...

Beautiful dress---it looks fabulous on you! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

Amanda S. said...

Super cute and sassy! I love all the bead work you did. Give DH a big smooch for doing such a great job on your photos. :)

Bunny said...

Oh, Kristine, it looks fabulous and you look wonderful in it! Your DH did an amazing job of posing his babe. Men love doing that picture thing, don't they? Got my fingers crossed that you will win. But you don't really need my fingers to help. You can win this baby all on your own.

mpressivethreadzstudio said...

Beautiful dress! Gorgeous beadwork!

Summerset said...

Kristine, you look amazing! The halter style really suits you - you made another halter this summer and looked great in that too. The dress is beautiful, and good luck in the contest.

gaylen said...

I think the dress turned out spectacular. I'm wondering which shoes you wanted and which hubby wanted. Love both pairs - give a different look to the dress.

What a lovely location too - that porch is fabulous. g

HeathersSphere said...

Ahhhhh, wowza, Kristine! You are DAZZLING in this FIERCE dress! I adore your vogue pics...your DH is so sweet.

Kathi said...

The final product looks amazing! The pictures are also very good - kudos to your husband for being so supportive!

Lindsay T said...

Ooh la la! Love the photo shoot. Bring this dress to NYC.

Michelle said...

Beautiful dress!!
The beading is wonderful!

angie.a said...

hahahaa!!!! I LOVE the BWOF useless shot!! Beautiful dress.