One thing you should know about me – I am not afraid to tackle big projects! Well, that may be overstating things a bit. In this case, I have plenty of fears but it’s too late now! I’ve begun the process and there is no turning back!
This project is a formal gown for my oldest DD. She is rather difficult to fit when buying off the rack and her taste is not exactly in line with what fashion buyers have chosen for the teenage formal wear. So here I am attempting to create a custom fit couture gown. My sewing skills have been growing in leaps and bounds the last few years. I’ve made several skirts now for my girls, some piece work scarves and helped with costuming too. None of that sounds like custom fit couture does it? What was I thinking?
Here is the inspiration dress http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/images/D/dr2231v2.jpg. We found a pattern from Vogue 8766 View C which they labeled Easy (Hahaha!) and then we found the perfect fabrics to use. I have made a first model of the dress using muslin. I am trying to get the pattern adjusted to fit her. It’s going to take some more tweeking to get it just right but it’s looking good. While I took measurements a couple of weeks ago, she has been trying to watch what she eats and may have lost some weight since then since the dress seems a bit big currently. Better than being too small at least.
Why the need for a formal dress? She was asked to sing with the ROTC choir at the ROTC Ball which is coming up on the 17th of this month! I am hoping that we will use the same dress for her recital in May. I am so proud of her and the young woman she is becoming!
I’ll try to post pics of the creation process later. Stay tuned!