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.