Trantham currently lives in Hawaii with her three kids and husband, who's a Marine.About eight years ago, she taught herself how to sew and started making blankets. She then decided to put her skills to the test by transforming thrift-store finds. In November, Trantham shared in a TikTok video that she planned to transform a $20 wedding dress from a thrift store into a red gown for the Marine Corps Ball in December. Trantham's TikTok video had over 1.7 million views at the time of writing. She has also shared three more videos showing off her progress and the final look. The original dress Trantham bought featured crystals on the top as well as a full skirt with a long train. Since the upcoming Marine Corps Ball was going to be Trantham's 11th time attending, she wanted to wear something that was really special and unique. Originally, she was looking to buy a '60s siren dress but couldn't find any online, which is why she decided to make her own. I already had a pattern in mind and thought I could just modify the pattern of the wedding dress to fit my vision, she said. She also designed the sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt that she wanted her new gown to have.Trantham's first and second attempts at dyeing the wedding dress were done in a bin filled with boiling hot water. She said the problem with that method was that she couldn't keep the water hot enough.Trantham said she had to stand there like a witch at her cauldron as she let each piece of the dress sit in the dye until it turned red. Seeing the dye go from pink to the color that was really wanted was very satisfying, she said. I was ready to throw in the towel because it was so much work, but the color turned out so great.Trantham said dyeing the dress was the longest part of the process because it took about an hour for each piece to turn red.In total, she estimates she spent about $72 — $22 on the dress and $50 for dye — and that doesn't include the blood, sweat, and tears because that's priceless, she said. Trantham replaced the original bedazzled top and long train with an A-line skirt, sweetheart neckline, and a statement sleeve. I have a knack for just picking projects that I don't think are going to be tedious, she told Insider. But they end up being tedious, and I'm persistent, so I can't let it go until it's done.Trantham's plan was to wear the dress to the Marine Corps Ball. However, her husband found out he was being deployed a few days before, which meant they were no longer able to attend.Still, Trantham was happy with the finished product. I'm really happy with how it turned out, Trantham said of the dress. Is it perfect? No. Is it 100% what I envisioned? Also no. But it was a project that challenged me in so many ways, and that alone was worth all the effort.