This dress started out in my student's mind as something totally different, and evolved into a gorgeous gown with beaded accents.
My student originally wanted a black & white striped version, but when I showed her exactly what "Seersucker" fabric is, we changed direction and went with something more formal. She picked out this beautiful coral chiffon and coordinating satin (3 1/2 yds each) at Haberman Fabrics, so also supplied us with the beautiful gold beaded trim for the waistband and shoulder accent (1 1/2 yd). After our shopping expedition, she sent me this prom dress picture, so I had a clear idea of what she wanted.
Pattern: I used the top of a Burda dress pattern (11/2009 #106) and the bottom of McCalls 6893.
My only hurdle was the ruching of the chiffon over the bodice. No pattern pieces for this job, so I draped the chiffon on the bias and just kept pinning over the satin underbodice. I basted the chiffon in place along the edges, and then hand-stitched the pleats in place.
There were actually 2 gold beaded trims purchased, a wide one and a narrow one. The sales associate at Haberman's had a fantastic idea to border the wide trim with the narrow one, making it look more finished as belt. For the shoulder, I stitched a few rows of the narrow trim together.
We were both extremely pleased with the outcome, and she looked gorgeous at Prom!
Another successful Prom season in the books... these two are my 9th and 10th formal dresses since 2008. Nothing makes me smile quite like making pretty formal dresses does!