Sunday, April 28, 2013

Prom Season!

Hello, friends! I know that it's been a little while since I last posted. Prom season has been in full swing, with a number of alterations and a custom order!

The local prom shop has been sharing my contact information as a "seamstress" for doing alterations, so I've been hemming and repairing for the last few weeks. It's been very interesting, working with different fabrics and embellishments, finding solutions to achieve fit challenges other concerns.  I've replaced 3 zippers, added 2 modesty panels, hemmed 3 dresses, and raised a skirt to raise the hem. Check out the dress and you'll see why I had to go about it that way:

The custom order is for my niece, who lives in Utah. It was supposed to be for a family wedding this June, but she was asked to go to the Junior Prom, and asked if I could put a "rush" on her dress. Thankfully, the muslin was already done, mailed to Utah, and sent back right away with just a smidge to take in on the side seams. She wanted a white lace bodice with a flowy, chiffon skirt in light blue.

I found all the fabrics at Joann's, and the blue is the exact shade of "Tiffany & Co." blue. It needed some sparkle of embellishment, so I ordered the pearl trims from M&J Trimming online after consulting (texting pictures and messages) with my niece.
The braided band is 7/8" wide, and required a little hand-stitching to secure the ends of the beads before trimming it and attaching it to the dress! The thinner "daisy bead" trim is for the straps, and I used a length of folded white bias tape to attach the trim. It's exactly what she wanted, and I was able to play "fairy Godmother" for my niece, so we are all happy! It's getting shipped off to Utah in the morning, and I can't wait to see pics of her actually wearing it!