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Date: 3/9/13 1:23 AM

Has anyone checked this show out? I heard about it a week or so ago, and tonight I watched two episodes. If you don't know what I'm talking about it's sort of like "Love it or List it". It features a young bride who is inheriting a loved one's wedding dress (which she usually hates); the dress is refashioned, and she is given the choice to wear it or buy an entirely new dress.

I was really intrigued by this concept, as I love to refashion items, but I am personally mortified by the "designer", Kelly. These mothers, or sisters, or whatever, are subjected to absolute emotional torment as they see their gowns ripped and mangled, all in the name of "design". They come out looking frumpy and poorly sewn. In fact, she didn't even have the decency to clean up the edges on the last dress she "refashioned". Although some vintage gowns are dreadful, there are many that are beautiful. It's very sad to see a gown, that could have been put to good use by someone else, get destroyed by a poor seamstress.

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Date: 3/9/13 3:23 AM

I haven't seen tonight's episodes, but I actually love the show, and think her work is beautiful. There were some fit issues on a dress from last week (made of a figured silk brocade that had been a jacket and sheath), which surprised me, given that she'd left some room for alterations in a previous dress.

I think *I'm* actually more traumatized by the destruction of the original gowns than the moms seem to be! And I definitely wince whenever the bride doesn't choose the vintage pieces. I would prefer if the entire show focused on the refashioning, but these days TV execs seem to think there needs to be conflict for anything to be entertaining....

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Date: 3/15/13 12:36 PM

I'll try to give her a second chance tonight. As far as I've seen she has trouble working with formal fabrics, they come out puckered and creased. Her silhouettes tend to look frumpy, her techniques on the busts have been very unflattering and strangely they come across as dated. She tends to gravitate to similar cuts for each dress. Maybe they only give her a few hours to reconstruct? Either way, I would never give a customer a dress that had threads hanging off of it...

I hope they bring in new and different designers to give the show some variety. I can't see the show being successful with just one designer. It would be wise to have a couple designers with well developed personal styles to choose from; this way a girl could find her best design match. Sort of like Wedding Dress Wars, which I wish they'd bring back.

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