‘Priceless’ grad dress handmade by Okanagan teen’s grandma stolen

The dress took three months to make, stolen from back of car in Salmon Arm on April 11

A Grade 12 student in Salmon Arm is hoping for the return of her handmade grad dress, which was stolen from a vehicle during the early hours of April 11.

According to James Lidstone, a friend of the dress owner Taryn Bottcher, the dress was handmade for her by her grandmother for her upcoming high school graduation. He said while it may not have value to others, it is priceless to Bottcher because of the sentimental value.

Taryn Bottcher, a Grade 12 student in Salmon Arm, spent three months helping her grandmother sew her the perfect dress for her upcoming graduation. Her friend James Lidstone said after the dress was stolen, she broke down. (Image from Facebook)

“It was a long haul because it took three months to make, and it’s completely handmade,” said Lidstone. “She didn’t want to just buy a dress, she said if she was going to have a dress she was going to get one that she wanted. And her grandmother is a seamstress so they worked together on it.

“(Taryn) is not the type of person to get emotional, but after it was stolen she just broke down.”

Lidstone said the family made a police report and that the dress was not the only item taken from the vehicle. He said the dress is the only thing the family is concerned with having returned.

READ ALSO: Sleeveless dresses are OK, B.C. legislature speaker says in dress code update

“We just want the dress back. We don’t even care about the wallet and the other personal items that were taken,” said Lidstone.

Lidstone said they have been overwhelmed with the support from the surrounding community, with his Facebook post about the stolen dress being shared nearly 2,000 times. He said many people have called offering their own dresses for Bottcher to wear on her big day, but he said the generosity was greatly appreciated but not necessary.

“We’ve kind of already lost hope because it’s been nearly four days and we haven’t heard anything, so they’ve already started making another one,” said Lidstone, noting that the grad ceremony is at the end of June so Bottcher and her grandmother still had time to create another gown.

If anyone has information relating to the dress, they are asked to call James Lidstone at 250-463-1101.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Nanaimo Marine Festival honouring tubbing’s ‘mom’

Longtime volunteer Margaret Johnson depicted on souvenir coins and named parade marshal

Nanaimo city council issues permit for Third Street ‘gateway’ development

181 residential units plus commercial space to be built on site of former Armishaw farm

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre was shut down during police incident Monday

Local artist explores Nanaimo’s old Chinatown in new video installation

Charlotte Zhang among eight artists in Nanaimo Art Gallery’s ‘Estuary’ exhibition starting this week

Three blocks of Bruce Avenue will be closed until fall

Work will include utility upgrades, new curbs and sidewalks and new on-street bike lanes

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre was shut down during police incident Monday

Silly Boat Regatta fills Nanaimo harbour with silly sailing

Island Red Cedar Construction wins this year’s race

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Most Read