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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirteen

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"Bridal Shoppe"
Oil, 12" x 12" on museum quality panel
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#13 - I made my wedding dress. And I wore it down the aisle 28 years ago today.

My mom taught me how to sew at a very young age. I am sure she had no idea that I would enjoy it as much as I did. But I spent a good 15 years of my life "sewing up a storm". I made gifts, coats, suits, party dresses, quilts, tailored outfits, Halloween costumes and my own wedding dress.

I designed my own gown and used four different patterns to make the dress. I made the entire thing in muslin first just to make sure the gown would fit and look how I wanted it to. Then I applied 1200 pearls to the lace (by hand) and made the dress out of antique silk. It was truly a labor of love. But I loved it.

It's hard to believe I wore the dress down the aisle 28 years ago today. I try to remember every day that I am a very lucky girl. I have a wonderful husband who is the love of my life and three amazing boys. I am truly blessed. And here is the dress:

Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.

1 comment:

Tam Foree said...

Your wedding dress store painting is so, so cute, Leslie!! I love it!


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