Monday, April 30, 2012

Prom 2012: The Year of the Knock-Off!

Usually I only take on 1 student prom dresses, but 2 girls asked me last spring (a year in advance), and they are both such sweet girls, so I couldn't say no!

Miss T wanted the Mila Kunis Oscar dress from Feb. 2011, but chose a different color than the lavender shown (bright peacock blue).

We are raising the neckline and making the foundation in stretch satin, seriously reducing the amount of skin showing. I have matching lace and chiffon, so we are really trying to get as close to the Elie Saab gown as possible. Miss T is a tall, thin ballet dancer, with a striking resemblance to Taylor Swift. She also is acing my AP Statistics class, which makes her smart and beautiful! I'm using Vogue 8358 as the foundation pattern, but rounded out the neckline. The muslin was a perfect fit!

Miss L was in my class last year, and her mom is a teacher in the same building. She has a more petite frame, and is such a natural beauty! She wants the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany's dress, but (again) in a different color (champagne pink).

Miss L also wants the skirt portion slightly more "flowy", with added width and in chiffon. I'm using New Look 6799 as my basis, but already hacked up the back, and am eliminating the waistband.

Here's my 1st muslin:

We had our fitting today, and it needs to be taken in under the bust, and I need to make the waistband vanish. But, I'm super-duper pumped about how the bodice back turned out!

We are also fashioning the necklace, which will be attached to the dress (so it sits properly). Quite excited! Prom is May 23, so I'd better get back to work. I'll check in soon!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Big One

I sew pretty things for big girls, and for little girls! This is my friend's daughter, wearing a little outfit I made at her request.

The "1" is a polka dot appliqué and I embroidered the edge in hot pink. The skirt is a bottom layer of poly satin with 2 layers of tulle. You can't see the polka dot bow at the waist, and those leg Warner's are trimmed with a double ruffle of satin and tulle. The fabrics all came from Joann's, with the onesie and leg warmers supplied by my friend.

I also trimmed the edge of the satin skirt with strip of polka dots to tie it all together! Isn't she a sweetie?!

Yes, I've been MIA, busy with school and prom dresses. I've got 2 to make this year, so I have to get back to work. See you soon!