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.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!