Right after I finished the gown for the Titanic dinner (thank you bunches for all your lovely comments!!!), I had to turn around and start working on my sister in law’s junior prom dress. It was the sort of project I originally thought I had a bit more time for, but found out a month ago that the prom was the end of April–not in May. That of course meant I had to work on it a bit more furiously than I anticipated! I got a few snapshots before I dropped it off at FedEx to ship it to her, so I thought I’d share those!
Firstly, apologies that the dress is a bit wrinkly; I didn’t do a final press since it was about to get shoved in a box to be shipped! She picked out a gorgeous royal blue, heavy weight satin for the gown and Simplicity #2253 (view B), which I think was quite a sophisticated choice for a 17-year-old. In fact, I quite like the dress and would be tempted to make it for myself! We did an initial fitting at the end of March, and I’ve been having to have a lot of faith in my fitting skills (and more than a few prayers!) that this dress would fit her like a glove in the end (which I won’t find out about until later today). I’ve never done a long-distance project like this, although I’ve sewn for others before–I’ve just had them closer by for in-person fittings! Fingers crossed, because I’m a bit like a cat on a hot tin roof right now.
The pattern was deceptively easy. It looks fiddly from the envelope–all that piecing on the bodice! But it’s actually quite easy once I got started. What did take the longest was cutting all the pieces out any applying interfacing. I think I spent as much time doing that as I did actively sewing! But no matter, because I think it turned out fantastic for a one-week project! Oh, and that pleated trim on the shoulder is EVIL. I just chucked the pattern markings and directions and I did what I thought made more sense at the end. But aside from that, I was rather surprised how well done the Simplicity instructions were. I think the company must be taking cues from the sewing community online, because I honestly felt like I was reading instructions from Sewaholic or Colette Patterns–not one of the Big Four.
Just for a fun touch and to make it “official”, I sewed in one of the tags I had made up a good 4 years ago. (Sorry, the Etsy seller no longer has a shop that I got these from, so I can’t point anyone in the right direction!)
Now that I am finished with both the Deadline Projects for this month, I’m starting to itch to sew something fun that I can actually wear in day-to-day life. I’ve been living in my blue Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers, and have been thinking I really need to make at least one more. This green twill at Gorgeous Fabrics seems like a possible candidate (or at least offering color inspiration). I’ve been craving more green in my wardrobe of late!
Now to just dig the spare room out after 2 1/2 weeks of marathon sewing!
Pattern: Simplicity #2253 (view B).
Fabric: Synthetic duchess satin, non-static lining, woven (fusible) interfacing.
Alterations: Only minor fitting alterations; she was pretty much a perfect pattern size 10! The only major thing I did was shorten the skirt.
Techniques: Not a whole lot that I felt varied from normal sewing–most of the stitching was done on the machine.
Make Again? Probably not! This was just a one-time project for my sister in law.