Here we have the prom dress I sewed for my niece Maggie:
The final fitting happened (on my lunch hour!) the day before the prom. And it was a very busy day at work, too.
(stressed out? what makes you ask?)
The dress fit pretty well - the changes were about the style. The ruching that had extended down to hip level was changed to end at waist level. I snipped out the previous seam which had been bound with narrow twill tape, and sewed a smooth seam. If you can follow that, it means the dress became 1.5 inches too long. This was a VERY FAST alteration. I had nerves of steel, if I do say so myself. I snipped, sewed a long basting stitch to test the fit, then serged away. I serged a new hem, too.
Maggie had died her hair fuchsia for a play that ran last week.
|Maggie as She-Devil in the Flaming Guns of Purple Sage|
When I sewed Kelly's coat, it was like that, too. I really liked her design choice and I was allowed to sew it using the fabric and construction techniques of my own choosing. For that project, I did use high quality fabric, but that's because it will be worn for a long time. So that makes sense.
I am rambling. I can feel it. That means it's time to stop typing, maybe read this over and edit out any excess words and click PUBLISH POST.
*update at 6:36pm*
More photos are appearing on Facebook. I cannot resist posting. Nor can I resist stating an opinion.
The hair color? I don't care.
The nose ring? I don't care.
But a dress that fits? I care.
Maggie could have worn this neckline much lower because the dress is very adjustable. That was the whole purpose of sewing with 4-way stretch spandex. Fitting was a breeze.
It strikes me that she likes to be in total control of her image. She doesn't do cleavage. Last year's request also had a high neckline. That little black dress came in handy - she wore it to Senior Awards this year. This is delicate territory for a blog like mine - I am not a fashionista and this is a member of my family.
I am just saying that sewing is a very useful skill.