For a girl whose bedroom is the most delightful shade of pink, and whose business is called Pink In Mind, you would expect that she would want pink! She has an inspiration book and had been saving ideas for the past year. She really liked the dresses with beaded bodices and plain skirts. You can see that she envisioned a glitzy top with a jewel neckline, a ruched belt, and a flowy bottom. I suggested a bias cut gown because I thought it would flatter her figure. That was the plan.
She found a Sequin Mesh Fabric at BigZFabric.com. From there, she selected a stretch satin from Joann’s.
She used old patterns to construct a boned bodice with a sweetheart neckline out of the satin. She carefully adjusted the size and it looked very nice. That was intended as an underlay. In the end, the sequin fabric was so dense, that it barely showed. After the bodice was constructed, she designed the sequin portion in three pieces so that it would stretch for a slightly fitted look. Up to that point, she was doing really well!
Meanwhile, she had been searching for shoes but pink is definitely not “in” because she couldn’t find a pink shoe anywhere! At this point it was a week before prom, so she asked if she could paint a shoe. I knew that we could glitterfy the shoes. So we headed out and she found a grey pair that she liked because the heels were not too high.
She use a metallic Plaid fabric paint. It took three coats and she even painted the rhinestones! We figured if it didn’t work, then we would mod podge glitter onto the shoes. The shade was perhaps a bit off, but it really picked up the deeper shades of pink in the sequin top.
She also whipped out a clutch.
Meanwhile, the idea we had to have the zipper go to the mid-portion of the back and just a hook at the top did not work. The top needed to be in tension, so we removed the original zipper and put in a longer one to get as close to the top as possible. The zipper woes continued. I have experienced difficulties with invisible zippers at the waistline due to the amount of fabric there. It was a challenge to get the zipper above that point but even more difficult along the sequins. The zipper broke and I had to install a new zipper! The good news is that I’m getting really good at invisible zipper installation! The bad news is Annie had to unpick a lot more sequins to make the zipper perform well.
After that, it was just the hem. (Thanks to the ladies on the Etsy Sewing Team for their help!) I’m not a hemming expert and rarely get the overlay just right.This time was no different. When I went to fix it, I was sure I had made it too short – which is what happened last year. Well, I prayed for a miracle (hey, you can always ask) and it was perfect! Annie whipped out the belt and the dress was finally done!
Annie had her hair done at a salon and was inspired by this Kate Middleton updo.
She found the earrings for $4 somewhere.
Her date’s tux colors matched very well!
Her little brother is usually climbing a tree and getting in the photos, but was up at the school finishing baseball practice. Fortunately, it is a tradition for the seniors to take photos up at school.
Girls and boys everywhere, looking dandy!
Many of these kids are involved in band, choir and theater and they are a GREAT bunch of kids!
This last group is the original “Shifty Seven + Luke” – a group of friends that formed in freshman year. They planned so many fun activities over the years, from parties, to ice skating, It has been a pleasure to see them grow.
Annie had a great time at prom! Her high school days are winding down and she is sad about saying goodbye, in one sense, to her friends.
I fear that my lack of expertise in dressmaking has discouraged her about sewing. There were times during this project – and we put many hours into it – that I wondered why we didn’t just buy a dress. But sewing enables us to express ourselves creatively and to enjoy the process of building something from concept to final product with our hands. I think that is why we sew. Either that, or we are just plain crazy!
Annie said the next time she needs a formal dress will be for her wedding and she is NOT sewing it! We’ll see…..
Beautiful! I love the bodice fabric. We are in the planning stages of my daughters senior ball dress. It isn’t until August but the planning has started. My daughters date would like a matching tie. I am not sure which will present the biggest challenge!
She/you did a marvelous job! It’s beautiful!!! She’s obviously as talented & creative as her mum. Sequins are NOT easy, even for an experienced sewist, so my mum says. I wouldn’t have been so brave! 🙂 Well done!
As I said before- the apple clearly hasn’t fallen far from the tree. She has experienced the rewards and satisfaction of being creative and industrious. Beautiful girl. She’s glowing!
Amazing, just amazing!
I was wondering if maybe something was wrong because you haven’t posted in a while, but now I can see why! I have done only a little sewing with sequins and yes, it is difficult. Makes me wonder how clothing manufacturers handle this kind of fabric.
Yes, prom season and graduation season makes for a lot of sewing for me! Not to mention I have a college grad and high school grad! I do wonder how the manufacturers handle this fabric. Annie and I went to a bridal shop to look at construction methods but we didn’t find examples. I think about those dresses on Dancing With the Stars, too! It seems like pattern designers are just catching up to the usefulness of knits and making some modern designs. So perhaps they will catch up with formal patterns, too!
Annie and her gown are both gorgeous!
Love all the photos! Her dress is so lovely! It is fun to see all her cute friends too!
Gorgeous! So classic, I love it. She looks beautiful.
Absolutely gorgeous! What a talented young lady. I bet you are SO proud!!!