Monday, April 27, 2009

Jill's Junior Prom

A few weeks ago, Jill came to me with this picture and said she wanted her prom dress to be something like it. She had found the dress on http://www.unique-vintage.com/ and fell in love with the wrapped bodice, vintage adornments, and beaded lace overlay. "You can make it, right mom?" ....er....of course I can!




So, we went pattern shopping and the closest we found was this...well, it's a start anyway!


I actually took Jill out of school for a day to shop for the fabric! We were running out of time to order fabric, so we had to know if we could find something in town. Thankfully we did! The cameo pink silk dupioni came from Mesa Sales, and the embroidered and beaded netting came from JoAnn's.

Now, I have a lovely sewing room complete with a cutting counter thanks to my darling David, but when it comes to cutting out more than 2 yards we use the living room floor. We laid out the 8 yards of silk and bravely made the first cut...

A day of sewing and the basic dress was ready. Now for the hard part - the wrapped bodice and sleeves. I don't have any pictures of the process, I was way too focused on figuring it out to take any! We actually put Jill in the dress, and wrapped, pinned, marked and cut the pieces on her, then took them off and sewed and gathered. It took about 5 times longer and 3 times more thought than I expected! This was the most challenging sewing I have ever done!

We were finally getting close to finish, but hadn't found the jewels for the bodice pieces yet. Lucy and I had hunted out the Mesa antique stores but hadn't been inspired by anything. Luckily, our saving angel came in the form of our dear neighbor, Cecilia Basilotto! She had been watching out the window during dinner, and when Jill never came out she began to wonder what was going on. So over she came, found us up to our necks in last-minute sewing, and said "Come with me Lucy, I have just the thing!" She showed Lucy an amazing box of vintage jewelry and they chose the perfect brooch for the top, and found a bracelet with little jeweled roses that we took apart for the other pieces. It turned out perfect!!

When Jared arrived her hair, makeup, and long gloves were ready - but no dress!

Jill pinned on his boutonniere (she had made it herself from roses and jasmine in our garden).

Finally! The dress was done (not without more drama - the zipper broke as we were putting it on - I hate those nylon invisible zippers!! We actually had to sew her in to the dress! Next time - buttons). Jared gave her a sweet wrist corsage and they were ready to go at last.

Out the door! They had a great time at the dance - Jill's dress was the prettiest, of course!! She was so happy and so beautiful!

8 comments:

Rosalyn Ellsworth said...

It turned out beautifully! How on earth did you have energy to host cookie night too?

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy it turned out to make such a great experience and memory for her =)

AZ Service Family said...

OMG that is Beautiful!! Terrific Job! And, Jill you look gorgeous!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, you are amazingly talented to make such a beautiful dress!! How absolutely wonderful, wow, I am in awe...

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness, she looks beautiful! Beautiful girl, beautiful hairdo, beautiful dress.

Well done ladies. :)

fairychildheirlooms said...

hey Beth, you did a GORGEOUS job of the dress! you are amazing! :)

Jilly, you are so beautiful that you and your prince bring tears to my eyes! I love you sweetie! I can't believe you are old enough for prom. it seems like just yesterday when that was me wearing a pretty pink dress to my junior prom :)

Lucy, GREAT job on Jill's hair! you could make a pretty penny doing up-do's for special occasions! :)

Hanne said...

WOW! But I'm not at all surprised at all the talent and last minute creativity that went into Jill's Prom! You girls are all so amazing! Jill, You look so beautiful!!!!!

fawndear said...

Absolutely stunning and beautiful (both dress and daughter)! Better than anything seen on anyone claiming to be famous in the pages of those trendy magazines.

Jane said...

How creative! I think your dress turned out better then the original one. Truely Lovely!!