Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Big Reveal

So what was I working on when I wrote this post?

Well, let me start off by saying that my daughter is going to the Junior/Senior Banquet for their school this Saturday. It's a formal event, so she needed a dress to wear. Her bestest friend gave her a strapless dress that she had previously worn in a wedding. Strapless?? Not in this house! :) So, I had to make this prom type dress modest!

I am happy to reveal my latest project today!

Let's start with some before pictures!
A red strapless dress (sorry for the blurry pic!)

A red wrap was included.

OK, this dress needed straps! I knew that matching red satin could be very difficult, so I thought of other options. How about black? Red and black look great together! Just adding black straps wouldn't look right though. So I had to find a way to tie the whole look together!

I started with some black satin ribbon

and added it to the edge of the wrap.
I also added black satin ribbon to the top of the dress, sewn by machine except for the last few inches on both sides of the zipper which I sewed by hand.
The front.

The back.
Then I added straps!
The straps are made from black satin, 3" wide,
with two pleats at back and front. I sewed them carefully under the folded piece.
Next, I made flowers from the leftover black satin,

and had them cascade down the front, smaller to bigger.
Each flower is hand sewn on with 3 Swarovski crystal beads, to add a little sparkle!
Here's the dress finished.
 I'm really happy with how it turned out! I spent less than $10 with the modifications and it looks beautiful on my daughter! I will post pictures of her wearing it later. :)

P.S. Modeling pictures can be found HERE.

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  1. Absolutely Beautiful Dress ...

  2. Very nice dress. I was wondering how you made the flowers. I really like the look of them.

  3. inventorIBWhitwell- Thank you! I posted about the flowers at: but for a more complete tutorial, you can check out:
    Thank you for stopping by!

  4. What a great dress. I am sure your daughter was the belle of the banquet! I found your blog from I make stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah @


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