THE Dress is finally finished!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


This is it... the dress of her dreams. My daughter had her mind set on wearing a very specific style of dress to prom, a mermaid dress. After a short search online and locally, and picking myself up off the floor when I saw the pricetags, I offered to sew the dress for her. I am not a tailor, believe me, but I have had some experience with sewing clothing and I even worked for a short while as a stitcher for the Utah Opera. (You've gotta check out the link, I just ran across the photos, that's me! No laughing.)

So, back to the star of the photos, the DRESS! (Well, okay, my daughter is so darn cute, but that goes without saying). Anyone who's thinking of sewing a fitted, mermaid style dress, should have their head examined. First, the dress fabric is sheer, overlayed onto black tafetta.

Next, there were a LOT of changes that needed to be made to the dress pattern, because it originally had a ruched body (meaning it was gathered all along the front and back seams). That wouldn't work for the striped pattern on the fabric, so I actually had to cut the outer part of the dress using the lining pattern.

Strapless dresses need a lot of support from the inside, to keep them from sagging, so there are TWO linings. The inner lining supports the weight of the dress and keeps it evenly distributed, and then there's the second lining, which is worn next to the body.

Oh yeah, there's also a whole darned "corset" built into the dress, complete with boning. Yeesh, I was in over my head. But after a month of construction, it's finally done and I am pretty darned proud.

18 comments:

HaleyD said...

The dress and the daughter are both GORGEOUS!!!! You are one talented lady!

Chantel Deitz said...

Wow! That is pure talent the dress is amazing and your daughter looks so beautiful she is going to be the most stylish girl at the dance!

Jeanne said...

OH MY GOSH! Absolutely stunning! (both your daughter and the dress) I am completely awed by your talent. You score a huge number of points as the best mom ever!

I took a peek at the link and yeppers, that is definitely YOU! Love it!

Wow, I'm just so amazed and happy for you and your daughter that you were able to complete this intimidating but gorgeous dress!

Samantha said...

Fabulously talented you are!!! Oh my gosh, that's so beautiful. You are a super mom and you can tell by the look on your beautiful daughter's face that she know's it!

Stampin n da Hood said...

ohgoodlordamighty!
That's one gorgeous girl and one gorgeous dress!
Can't wait to see the prom pics!

and hey...you ain't so bad lookin in period costumes either, sistah!

Sheila said...

Fabulous dress!! Hope she enjoys the prom. :)

Sheila said...

Forgot to mention - your daughter looks just like one of my daughter's good friends - the same face, the same expressions, everything!! It's spooky - they could be twins, just different hair color (her friend is a blond). Showed the pics to my daughter and she is going to forward them to her friend. lol

Superjaxster said...

She looks like a runway model! Hope she has a great time. What an awesome and totally talented mom you are!

Sharli said...

You are "fabulously artsy" - my goodness! And your daughter is gorgeous! That dress is fabulous!!!! Truly.

Sarah said...

WOWZER....She looks totally amazing! She is one lucky girl..I could NEVER make that...even in my dreams.

Amy said...

You daughter and the dress are both super cute.

Juel said...

Great job!! What we do for our children ;o)

Kim Burmeister said...

Tresa, this dress is stunning! Your daughter looks beautiful in it and has just the right figure for this style. Wow! She is going to be a beauty at prom. You Rock, MOM!

pammiewhammie said...

Tresa you did a BEAUTIFUL job on the dress :)

mE said...

OH Tresa!!!

What a nightmare project that turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can not tell, looking at your lovely daughter in that dress, that you are not an experienced seamstress! I don't think I would even attempt to try that dress! That's hilarious that you had to use the inside lining pattern for the dress!

Thank you for the award, too! :)

Inky Smiles!

Erin

Matthewsmommy said...

well may I say, that the dress is ugly when compaired to your daughter, what a beauty. You did a great job on both the dress and your daughter.

Sharon

Anonymous said...

OMG you are amazing, and your daughter is gorgeous...reminds me of you :) That will most likely get you requests to become the seamstress of the group! Helen

Bonnie said...

The dress is wonderful and your daughter is beautiful.
I checked out the Utah Opera and love those pics of you.

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