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Before I knew it, prom was here!
Excuse me while I swoon........
Okay, well if you want to see the rest of Lea (and Noah too) on her prom night, Click HERE to check it out!!!
I hope you enjoyed the journey of Lea's vintage gown, from 1979 on her eighty year old great grandmother to her high school prom today!
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Now for my favorite part.... bedazzling! I use Swarovski Hotfix Crystals. If I had endless time and money, I would probably just bedazzle everything I could reach, and do nothing else. There ended up being about.... (72 * 3 + 110 + two more packs I had opened already....) roughly 400 crystals on the gown, not including the belt, the banding for that came pre-beaded.
Before I knew it, Lea came and picked up her dress, prom was nearly here. Next time, see Lea on her Big Night! Here's a teaser...
You will definitely will want to check those pictures out!
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I created a pattern for the top illusion portion of the bodice, and cut it from what had been the sleeves. I shortened the back torso at the waist, put in a new zipper, stitched in the darts, and got the belt together:
Once it was together, I called Lea back for a fitting. We also picked out exactly which shades of rhinestones would look great with the dress... (we chose Diamond and Chrysolite). I wanted to make sure everything was in the right place and fit correctly before I put any rhinestones on. This was a fun fitting because I could tell that Lea and her family could really see that this dress would be suitable for prom :) I did need to make a few tweaks to the back to get everything juuuust right, but it was mostly there.
I loved how this dress is coming together, and I love sharing the process with everyone! Stay with me, next time, I get a lotta bit sparkly!
So, in February, high school junior, Lea, contacted me with an idea for a project. She wanted to use her great -grandmother's gown and turn it into her prom dress with some big updates. (Read about it HERE) Anyway, it was a big undertaking to transform a classic 1970's style gown worn by a woman in her eighties, into one a teenager would want to rock at prom, today.
With some BIG vision, Lea and I came up with a plan:
...and a sketch:
Here's what needed to happen:
I decided the best method to really give Lea a picture of what the dress would look like was to, well, just start cutting. There are some projects that the only way to start is to start!
Once all of the extra fabric was gone, I did a bit of tweaking for fit, shaping with darts around the bust to eliminate a lot of the bulk in the bodice.
Then Lea went home. And I got to work.
So my most interesting clients are the ones with a vision for a restyle. What I mean is they are able to see the potential in an old, out of date garment and come to me wanting to give it new life. I find that these clients and I tend to feed off each other's creativity and ideas to come up with something that is both a satisfying project on my end and a stellar garment for them.
Recently, Lea, a junior at a local high school, contacted me about a dress that her great grandma wore in 1979-- when she was 80! I decided this girl MUST have vision. and boy does she ever!
We set up a consultation which quickly become a first fitting. All systems are a go for this project which Lea plans to wear to her prom in April! Here is where we started:
Lea loves the pleated skirt, but is unattached to the top. We intend to remove the cravat (!) and sleeves and use the sheer fabric as a new illusion neckline. Then bedazzle the heck out of it for some truly Prom-style sparkle.
So (sew) busy I don't have much time to even write a blog post! I just wanted to let everyone know what s happening here in the studio.
First of all, I am in the thick of PROM and WEDDING seasons! I have altered quite a few prom dresses and am hitting the deadlines to make sure every beautiful young woman is ready for her magical, memorable, evening in the gown of her dreams. With most area proms in early May, I can see the end of prom season in sight, so hopefully my schedule will open up a bit after that!
Wedding season is also in full swing (with no end in sight!) This means that in addition to the original wedding dress I am making, and a few others I am altering, I am doing several bridesmaid gowns per week! My studio is a sea of colorful chiffon and satin! Formal gowns, like the ones worn at proms and weddings take a lot more time than day dresses (like one you might wear to work) because of the delicacy of the fabrics used. A lot of care is needed to take apart a seam and not cause a pull or tear. The tension on my sewing machine much also be adjusted for each new fabric.
Of course people still need basic alterations to their everyday clothes and everybody has been very understanding and supportive that those are taking a bit longer than usual due to the influx of formal things in my queue-- I really appreciate everyone's patience!
As far as April goes, I am completely booked! I have started to schedule into May, so if you are interested in an appointment for then, be sure to contact me soon, because believe it or not, May is starting to get full too! I already have an original bridesmaid dress slated, as well as more gowns for weddings and other big events (graduations, etc.)
I expect things to slow down a bit as summer really gets underway. That is the perfect time to bring me your coat, jacket or cold weather clothes, so I can repair them and get them back to you in plenty of time for the first State College snow fall of next autumn... with our luck that'll be Labor Day weekend.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!