April 23, 2010


My friend: "I need an alteration, and my dress should be here pretty soon. Are you available to do it?"

Me: "Sure! I'd love to! Just let me know when you get the dress in." (meanwhile I'm packing for an upcoming move to Ohio). "I should have plenty of time."

My friend: (one week later). "I'm calling the dress shop. My dress should've been here by now."
..................about an hour passes by...... "they actually said it hasn't even been shipped yet. Argh!"

Me: "When is the wedding again?"

My friend: "In two months. I guess I will have to mail it to you."

***Moving Day has arrived for me (and my husband) to go to Ohio...and has gone... We are moved in now. All boxes are unpacked, including my sewing machine.******

My friend: "The dress is finally here. It's way too big!"

Me: "When's the wedding again?"

My friend: "In two weeks."

Me: "Okay...I'll get right on it then!" ...(I'm a little nervous)...

***Then look what came in the mail ASAP: A really wrinkled and too-large bridesmaid gown. I did get on it right away! We cannot have my friend not be prepared for her friend's big day! My awesome friend (in Florida), Cheryl, saved the day and rushed to Jillian to get her measured, and the dress pinned on her inside-out. Then, I wouldn't have to move the pins when I received it in the mail. What a blessing! Thank you, Cheryl!!!
The straps needed sewn shorter, the sides taken in and side boning ("bone-ing") taken out. Not too much overall, but I wanted it to look nice..and not like it's been altered.

So, I altered it and thought I was done.

I am about the same size as my friend, and so I tried the dress on. I couldn't zip it up. NOT a good sign.

I called her.

We talked.

I took it out one more inch.

I tried it on again. It zipped!


I then packed it back in the box and shipped it to Louisiana (where the wedding was to be), not Florida (where she lives).

Did the dress make it in time?

Did it fit okay?

Well, "yes" and "yes".

And a big "Whew!" from me!

The dress arrived on a Wednesday, and the wedding was Saturday.

Jillian looked so beautiful at her friend's wedding:

And enclosed was a small clutch I made for her to take to the wedding for...

what else?..

Somewhere to put the lipstick, credit card, and tissues for when you cry!

So glad everything turned out well in the end. Thanks so much for allowing me the honor of doing this for you, even from another state! You are a very trusting friend! Love ya!


  1. How beautiful! I would have freaked out at first. I cant even sew to save my life. Is black the new pastel at weddings? Passing by from New Friend Friday!


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  3. You did a great job! It is beautiful. When my daughter needed a bridesmaid's dress we met halfway between our two houses (150 miles apart)at my sister's one late afternoon and did the whole dress in one night about 8 hours total. Taffeta with a chiffon overlay, whew. I tell you, finishing it up at 2 in the morning was a celebratory moment but we got it done!

  4. Hello Joy, I have been sitting on my back patio relaxing looking at all of the things on your blog that inspire me. I love the photo of Jillian. Great job on her dress and the clutch is too cute. Could you please post a "how to" on the flowers both on the purse and the one that you were going to use on the dress re-make. I really have so many uses for these. Thanks Joy. Looking forward to relaxing with you again soon. Love and hugs Cheryl