Saturday, May 7, 2016

THE PROM DRESS!

WHEW!!!!!! That was a doozy!!!



(in the first pic the belt had twisted around! haha!)


The inspiration








Copied from PR (cause I'm tired!)

I actually combined the bodice of Burda 03/2013 #133 with the skirt of Simplicity 2442. I decided to put the review under the dress because the bodice was more what I was going for than the (relatively simple) skirt of the Simplicity pattern.

This pattern is from the March issue; so it's the wedding issue! While I have good sewing skills; I do not draft or drape and needed to find a pattern to mimic the bodice lines and went straight to the March issues of the mag! AND I already had this issue in my collection. SCORE!

Pattern Sizing:

Burda tall sizes 72 - 88 (36-44). I used a size 36 with adjustments.

Fabric Used:

I used a satin from Hancock Fabrics in bone, antique gold lace and nude illusion both from Vogue Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I cut the sleeve length in the muslin phase to give this cap sleeved look. I cut the bodice pieces in all 3 fabrics, changed the neckline of the satin to a sweetheart, and cut it down so that the illusion was featured. I cut the lace to mimic the sweetheart (3 cheers for applique scissors!!!).

After getting it sewn and ready to do the final fitting, the back was too small. I was going to leave a keyhole in back but the top would not meet. DD has a VERY broad back. So while the muslin was just fine, in the fashion fabric it was off by a good 2 inches.  So I cut the back to a V-shape and again, mimicked that with the lace and illusion. It worked very well.



She has on jeans under the dress here. 
Crazy kid!
She got tired of me making her get undressed to try it on!



The fix! 


I couldn't quite figure out how to do the satin waistband and tulle skirt integrated into the dress so with Catina's help (thanks!) I made the tulle overlay a separate piece. I measured the waistband and used the satin to make the belt. It is full interfaced and is closed in back with hook and eye.

I cut strips of the tulle about 8" wide and 'draped' it on the dressform. When I went to transfer this to the belt it looked wimpy. So I added another layer beneath with very wide pleats. Still too wimpy. So I add several panels of gathered tulle. "Make it work!" :)

I added 6 inches to the skirt length (Yes. 6"!). DD was wearing heels but moreso because she has a 34" inseam. I used a 1 1/4" hem on the skirt.

On the bodice I had to trim out a couple of inches in circumference. E.g., it would have worked better had this come in a size 34. I also removed about an inch in length from the bodice AFTER doing the adjustment to bring this from tall to regular. She has a short torso and long legs.

Lastly, the zipper goes up to about mid-back (just over the bra strap), as I didn't want to deal with a zipper in the illusion. In the end it really worked out great because of turning the back to a v.

To hem the illusion, I folded over the seam allowance (finger pressing works fine), sewed at 3/16" and then *VERY* carefully trimmed away the excess. Tedious but it gives a neat finish.

Conclusion:

I had some serious moments of doubt and panic that I could give her what she wanted. But I am SO glad that I took on this task! The dress is so pretty on her and I am very proud of my work.


More pictures!!!! I posted some on Instagram too. I've cut out the friends for the blog post photos. though.


I really love how the illusion hemming turned out! 



A glimpse of the back!



I mentioned Catina from PR helping me with some logistical stuff. But a special thanks to Jess who blogs over at Sometimes Sewist. She's gotta have a hundreds text messages about this danged dress! :) Lots of suggestions, lots of encouragement and lots of listening! :)

50 comments:

  1. Your daughter is gorgeous!!! The dress looks amazing on her. Splendid work, Mama! I hope she has an awesome prom! :)

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  2. Great job Nakisha!!! Such a fabulous dress! You daughter wears it so well with her tiny little self. She's beautiful. Very, very nice!!!

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  3. Gorgeous! You did an amazing job on the dress and your daughter is simply stunning!

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  4. Wow, I am so impressed with this dress! Your daughter is lovely, I hope she loves the dress as it looks fabulous on her.

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  5. Wow, I am so impressed with this dress! Your daughter is lovely, I hope she loves the dress as it looks fabulous on her.

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  6. Gorgeous! You are an awesome mom for making her prom dress... my mom made mine and I am for-e-ver grateful because it was totally unique.

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  7. OMG! Nakisha, you did your thing on this dress. It looks AMAZING! Your daughters entire look is absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. Wow and Bravo! This dress is gorgeous and daughter is stunning in it. I hope she knows how much love goes into making a prom dress and how beautiful she looks in it. Your talent blows me away.

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  9. Wow! This is truely stunning. Gorgeous daughter and beautiful dress. A wonderful achievement on your part. You should be so proud.

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  10. Both the dress and your daughter look beautiful.

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  11. Gorgeous and stunning ; both the dress and the girl
    congrats

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  12. Beautiful dress and beautiful daughter. Huge congrats on this wonderful success!

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  13. I am blown away by this exquisite dress on your gorgeous daughter. What a terrific job you've done. Your design work on the back to fix the fitting issue is particularly clever. Wow. She looks very happy, and so she should!

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  14. Greet job! Your daughter looks stunning in her beautiful dress!

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  15. Your daughter is simply beautiful in her dress. You have done such a sensational job.

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  16. Just lovely..and the dress is too. : )

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  17. The dress and your daughter is so beautiful and perfect. You did an amazing job at creating the inspiration dress.

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  18. I never comment on your blog, but I always love your posts. I've enjoyed the sneak peek info about the prom dress and it's made me smile as I'm sitting down to make a much more simple prom dress to chaperone my seniors in 3 weeks' time at their prom!
    I just had to comment on here to say WOW and congratulations - on the dress and that find young lady, too! Happy Mother's Day! :)

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  19. Stunning!!! Simply stunning!! This is the dress that in a few decades your daughter will be passing on to her daughter to wear for prom :) Love it!!!

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  20. What a gorgeous dress and your daughter is stunning! Congratulations.

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  21. Beautiful dress on a lovely, lovely girl. Wonderful job.

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  22. Wow!!!!!!!! A beautiful dress for a gorgeous girl!

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  23. Stunning...and the dress is beautiful too! Big pat on the back to you. Everything about this dress is perfect...flattering style and color, age appropriate, flirty without being overtly revealing, fun, great fit... the whole nine yards.

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    1. A big second on age appropriate!!! I never cease to be stunned by the prom dresses I see online- cut down to the navel...

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  24. Wow! A beautiful dress for a beautiful daughter. You must be so proud, and deservedly so!

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  25. This is such an incredible dress! Well done preservering through the challenging bits. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

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  26. Nakisha! OMG it is fabulous. Your daughter looks great and is lucky to have a mom both skilled and determined!

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  27. I love it!!! You did such a fabulous job Nakisha, and your daughter looked stunning!!

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  28. Beautiful dress and daughter.

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  29. The dress turned out great, and you daughter is stunning.

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  30. This is amazing. I love seeing the pictures of your daughter smiling and knowing she looks so great. What a thing to be proud of for both of you!

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  31. Both your daughter and the dress are gorgeous! You did a fantastic job.

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  32. Beautiful girl in a gorgeous dress. Many congratulations on a fantastic piece of work.

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  33. Amazing! Definitely one of the most beautiful prom dresses I've seen.

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  34. Wow! You did an amazing job! It looks just like the inspiration photo. Beautiful!

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  35. OMG Nakisha!!! This is just amazing. Your daughter is so gorgeous!

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  36. Your daughter and the dress are beautiful Nakisha!

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  37. Beautifully done she looks gorgeous you are very talented

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  38. Beautifully done she looks gorgeous you are very talented

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  39. I've been waiting for the big reveal and you did not disappoint! This is such a beautiful dress on a gorgeous girl! You nailed the inspiration and made it better! Wonderful job!

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  40. Honestly I think your daughter would look stunning in anything, but the dress really is absolutely beautiful, so elegant and glamorous yet still young and fun. Superb job!

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  41. Love your blog and although I'm not particularly good at sewing it makes me wanna jump back in the saddle and conquer a bridal gown :) thanks for the inspiration!

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