Monday, June 21, 2010

A Dress for Elizabeth! ♥

Elizabeth has a dance this week and it's a special one the Eighth Grade Prom, so she came over to work on a dress for it! What she found while going through my fabric stash were some formals that I had bought at the thrift store but hadn't cut yet! LOL After trying on lots of them this purple one seemed to be the closest fit and the easiest to alter! I don't sew clothing...so I had no clue how to go about fixing it so it would fit her...THEN...I had the idea to cut off the top part, cut off the straps, and fold down the remaining "top" so that it was rounded and reattach the straps! Even this seemed impossible to me but somehow we managed! HAHA What I did was have it on her fold it under to look the shape we wanted and then made a running stitch (by hand) along the top to hold it in place...then as I was doing that Elizabeth loved how it looked gathered so we ended up gathering the top front edge and that fixed the need to take in the sides too!!! I also did the running stitch around the back too but left if flat, then I hand sewed the straps into place and then later reinforced them with the sewing machine. THEN Elizabeth had the idea to tie something around the waist and so we found a white ribbon and tacked it onto the dress on a seam and then it gets tied around the waist after she gets it on (there are no zippers etc. it's a slip on dress)! OH and Hubby helped by hemming the bottom! ♥
After we finished working out all the kinks of the dress we cut a piece of white lace from my stash for her to use as a wrap or like she did in the photo below tie it in the back to look like a bolero or shrug.
Voila! Two non-seamstresses but very creative gals created a pretty good looking formal if I do say so myself! LOL

6 comments:

Goodquestionskippy said...

Oh my gooooooodness!!! That is beautiful! You two are so talented :D:D:D I am jealous it is so amazing! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Wendy said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! It is so sheek and adorable too!!! That is so awesome!!! You are beautiful Elizabeth!!!!!

Crystal O'Rourke said...

That is so going to be the cutest dress there! You guys rock. :)

Jolanda said...

oooooooooooo it is very beautifu. And model too.

Cynthia L. said...

Very pretty dress on a very pretty girls. Just goes to show - we all can do anything when our mind is set!

Iris Niebach said...

You did a very good job, considering that you do not sew. This dress is really wonderful, expecially on the beautiful girl.