As we all know, finding things off the rack that actually FIT is darn near impossible. Well this was my daughter's senior year, her last prom, and I didn't want her to have to go through all the heartbreak of finding the perfect dress in the shop and then not being able to get her fit. So we went a little different direction this year. I decided we'd buy a corset (no, I didn't make that part) and then build a dress around that. We ordered the corset online and had a hard time understanding the fitting guidelines because we didn't want it to be too tight but tight enough to be slimming. Needless to say, we had to send it back a few times and we were getting to the wire of having to have it. The last resend we received from the corset company was exactly the size we needed, but somehow in a different style (we had ordered an all black one, yet somehow received a white with black one). We didn't have time to send it back and still get the rest of the dress made, so we went with it. Turned out to be a really good mistake!
So anyway, I made the skirt and the purple "top" that went under the corset. I say "top" because it was actually just a length of fabric draped over her neck and tacked with a few stitches in the front and back. It was made about 20 minutes before she was supposed to walk out the door. I guess it would be better termed a modesty panel than an actual top! LOL The skirt was just three different length circle skirts gathered onto the waistband and the final hemming of these skirts got finished about 30 minutes before she was due to walk out the door! Needless to say, I was sweatin' it!
But all worked out in the end and she was very pleased with the final outcome. She received lots of compliments and had a great night!
The Front (She's her father's, I'd never stick my tongue out in a picture! ):
The Back (We replaced the black cording with purple):
The Attitude! :
I would just like to point out that I am exceedingly new at sewing with a machine and this is my first garment with it! If I can do it, trust me, anyone can!
And now she wants me to make her graduation dress! Ok, but just NO MORE CIRCLE SKIRTS TO HEM PLEASE!!
Comments and critiques greatly appreciated!