The edge of this shoulder was totally shredded.
This sleeve was also a chewed up mess. It required extra embroidery to cover up the edges of the patches, and that in turn required extra embroidery on the other sleeve so that they would match.
What really did allow me to make the "patches", was the fact that the skirt had to be shortened. The tulle layer of the skirt being somewhat A-line, I was able to salvage some of the skirt trim to use as patches elsewhere.
The dress did sustain some damage during the wedding. (All that delicate tulle was not meant for dancing with wild abandon.) And since I did borrow it for my pictures, I suppose I'll be nice and fix it as best as possible, in case they decide to have the dress cleaned and boxed.
So there you have it. And now for the culprit in this tale of woe ...
Surprisingly innocent-looking. He's been gone to the big dog park in the sky for well over a year, but I still miss him terribly. I was amazed that the artist who drew the cartoon picture for the magazine got the essence of my "puppy" so right.