I’ve made a few prom dresses over the years. Generally I shy away from this type of sewing because of the high expectations for the dress. I don’t want to dash someone’s dreams. However, every once in awhile someone special to me asks if I will make a dress for them…usually I end up agreeing. This year it was my niece.
This dress process started with a scouting trip to Mood Fabrics’ NYC store. Her color was mint green. So with the help of the staff at Mood, I came up with four swatches that I sent to my niece.
The back and forth process took a couple of weeks…then it got busy at work so it took a minute to get back to the store. I’ll tell you I was a little worried taking the “approved” swatch back to the store because we all know that fabric moves out of that store at lightning speed. I also had to take this sketch (very poorly drawn by me) to find all of the elements that my niece wanted in her dress.
Oh, and I was doing this on a Friday afternoon after a week that had made me cross-eyed and tired. Again, thanks to the wonderful staff at Mood, I ended up with an amazing silk crepe-back satin in the perfect shade of mint green. There’s an awesome selection available online too! But as you can see from the sketch above, I also needed some sheer sparkly fabric for a sleeve and to cover the bodice.
After trekking all over the main floor looking for something sparkly, sheer, youthful, and cheap…*LOL* I gave up! I couldn’t believe that Mood didn’t have what I needed. So I went over to the cutting table that’s located by the trims. While I was waiting for Noel and saying hey to George who was cutting a knit for a new customer, I moved slightly to the left and that’s when I saw it. The trim that saved me from having to hit the streets of NYC at 6:30pm on a Friday evening to find an embellishment for the dress. It was a wide embellished lace trim in MINT GREEN! People, when I say the heavens opened and I heard the angels sing, I’m not exaggerating!
I took the lace trim over to Noel and asked if he thought it would go with the fabric. After emphatically encouraging me to buy it and to buy an extra yard (which I soooooo thank him for!), I headed home with fabric, trim, lining and a zipper. Mood has some awesome trims online here and of course you can buy the necessary notions online too.
I did a quick fitting with lots of photos to help me with the final construction and then the drama happened. If you simply must read all about it, the posts are here.
Suffice it to say that the finished product is more a result of my hand sewing than my wonderful Janome 8900 QCP’s stitches. The lace is hand stitched to the dress. The lining is hand stitched to the fashion fabric. There aren’t quite as many hours invested in this dress as in my last Mood lace project but quite a few episodes of “CSI Miami” were watched while I sewed the lace onto the dress. Oh yeah, this is important – I used Butterick 4343 as the base for the dress.
Here are a few more pics of her wearing the dress…
Suffice it to say that Mood is a great big playground when it comes to finding fabric to use for a special occasion dress. Also let it be known that next month, I’m playing in the cotton aisle. I need something easy yet special cause this dress just about killed me! *LOL*
Seriously, I’m looking forward to cotton—designer cotton—next month!!!