Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Prom Dress


The prom dress is finished! It took a lot longer than I expected and required a lot of fittings since I combined three patterns. The bodice is Butterick 4918, the sleeves are Butterick 5184, and the skirt is McCall's 5321. Both fabrics, satin and organza, frayed very easily, so I used french seams in all of the skirt pieces (doubling my sewing time). The bodice is lined and underlined, and all of the bodice seams have boning in them as well.

Here is a close-up of the skirt. The organza has tiny rhinestones that really sparkle and add a lot to the look; however, the rhinestones made it difficult to sew, especially when doing the rolled hem. Younger daughter is pleased...now she just has to figure out how she is going to do her hair before Saturday. Her date is going to wear a white tuxedo...they'll be a cute couple.
Now that it's finished I'm happy that I made it...but, wow, it really took over my life for the past few days! I'm looking forward to getting back to some quilting!

77 comments:

ivoryspring said...

Wow, Sherri - SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. Your daughter looks so elegant and classy in it! You did a marvelous job. I am thoroughly impressed

Julia said...

Stunning!!..
Your girl is going to be the belle of the prom.
Beautiful...
julia ♥

Kritta22 said...

Wow!!! I am sooo impressed!

I love how modest but wonderful it is!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!

Seriously I keep looking at it.

CJ said...

BELLE of the ball indeed. I think the dress looks like it is from Beauty and the Beast (except done in blue not goldish yellow). Your daughter is LOVELY and GLOWING! You did a fabulous job on the dress. WOWEEEE! Along the lines of Belle, I suggest an updo.

Stina said...

Oh... Sherri...
Love it..your daughter will be so pretty... and wow..you have done a fantastic job on this one!!! :o)

maria said...

The dress looks fantastic. Your daughter looks beautiful in it.

Angela said...

WOW... amazing! You're brave :) I don't know if I could make something like that... I think intimidation would be a huge factor. Congrats on it being finished! Your daughter looks beautiful in it!

Joy said...

Oh Sherri she looks just like Cinderella!!! You did a FABULOUS job, you should be very proud of yourself!! Well done :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Tatty Mum said...

Wow Wow Wow, it is amazing,stunning. Your daughter looks beautiful and you are one telented lady.

Joanne x

Connie W said...

Oh how beautiful! The color and shape of the gown bring back memories of my prom gown way back in the 1960s. And how lovely that you fashioned it for your beautiful daughter.

Sew Many Ways... said...

AMAZING!!! She looks like a princess. You have done such a spectacular job and what a treasure for that you've made it for her. Kelsie's prom is Saturday too...tell your daughter to have a wonderful time.
~Karen~

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!
Hugs, Barb

Stephanie said...

She'll be the belle of the ball. She looks like a Disney princess.

Quilt Hollow said...

The best dress is one made from mom. She will look back and always remember this moment in time! You did a fantastic job and the color in stunning. Please post a photo of them together!

Carol said...

Sherri it is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

rachel griffith said...

awww.
absolutely gorgeous.
both your daughter & the dress.
{she looks alot like you.}

i hope to be able to do this for miss melanie one day.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

gorgeous!!

Rachel said...

What a beautiful dress. I wish my prom dresses had been so beautiful.

mandy said...

Yay, decency isn't dead! My mom made my prom dresses, too. It is gorgeous!!!

Nedra said...

She looks like a princess already! I've never made a prom dress (with 3 daughters) so I'm impressed.

Karen said...

Beautiful dress. I was wondering how you avoided the rhinestones in doing the sewing.

Missy Ann said...

The color is perfect for her! You did a wonderful, beautiful job on both and the daughter and dress. :)

And thank you so much for sewing her a dress that belongs on a young lady.

Evelyn said...

Wow, that is quite a stunning dress! She looks like a storybook princess. :-)

Casey said...

it's beautiful!

Shaunab said...

You are so talented. That dress is beautiful.

Jackie said...

Absolutely beautiful!! She will be the hit of the prom!! You are such a wonderful mom and talented too.

Screen Door said...

You rock!!!! What a memory---- Prom in a dress made by your mother... how special....She will definitely be stunning in this.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what an undertaking. But it is really beautiful. So is your daughter :-)

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful custom dress. Your daughter looks lovely in it. You are braver than me! B.

blushing rose said...

Scarlett O'Hara! Breathtakingly gorgeous dress ... and particularly the daughter. What fun she'll have being the queen of the prom. TTFN ~ Marydon

chermonblie said...

She's beautiful! Lovely dress... I love the color!

The Quilt Buddy said...

OMG! I looks great. I could never tackle something like that.

I love the color and the rhinestones add a little touch of "bling" to the dress. At least she will be the only at the prom with an original dress.

Joanna said...

This is awesome! I had been helping a girl at church who wanted the same pattern for her prom dress! We were having the hardest time figuring out which bodice to choose to make it fit and still be modest - this is perfect! Your daughter looks beautiful in it, and the fabric is perfect :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Sherri, It turned out so beautiful, I just adore th fabric, what a beautiful blue, and your daughter is so cute, can't wait to see the couple together. I will hope for great waether! Be proud it was worth all the work!1 You can tell by here smile.

jabeybaby said...

Wow, what a beautiful dress!

Carrie ~ said...

Wonderful Prom dress, it is so beautiful and your daughter looks so pleased and excited. I love the color of blue, they will be a darling couple with his white Tuxedo. You must feel so good about your accomplishment.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

She looks like a princess! Gorgeous gown creation - you are very talented!

Millie said...

Just gorgeous...the best things in life are made by mom. Love the blue fabric and she looks so nice in blue!

Lauren said...

Wow! That is amazing!!
Have fun at the prom, pretty girl!!

Purple and Paisley said...

oh my goodness! how talented are you? gorgeous dress and gorgeous daughter! ☺

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Stunning! I just wrote that and looked down and see Julia said that too. and it is!!! So stunning. She's beautiful Sherri. With or without the dress. But it makes her look so Cinderellaish. She will be the belle of the ball. How exciting. What a good mom you are. She will ALWAYS remember this - eternally - that you put your life aside for her and made her the most beautiful dress because you love her.

Eileen said...

It turned out beautiful. I do know what it's like to make one of these.. I made my daughter hers a few years ago, and was literally on pins and needles until it was finished. That kind of fabric is NOT easy to work with.. like cotton!

jen duncan said...

(standing and clapping wildly) BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!
Wow Sherri! Sooo impressed here. She's lovely. You both will always remember this.

Julie Isa said...

Holy cow! I knew you were talented, but I had no idea you were that talented! I only dream of being able to sew.

Colleen said...

What a great mom you are! Such a cute and modest dress. She will be the prettiest girl at the prom.

dotti white said...

Wow! You are amazing! She looks like she stepped right out of one of the princess movies! I'm sure she is your princess! It fits very nicely and your daughter looks comfy and happy in it! Enjoy the finished product/project and have a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

from little acorns said...

Sherri! . . . It's beautiful! - (as it your daughter!)
What a sweet gift of love.
xo, Bren

Annette said...

Gorgeous dress!! And a happy, beautiful girl :-)

SMDAZ said...

Wow! Beautiful. Sure hope you'll post a pic of the handsome couple :) Love how it is beautifully modest. I have boys and love it when the girls show up COVERED! And believe it or not ... the boys like it better too.

Tina said...

What a lucky daughter to have a Mom that can make a dress like that! Beautiful.

Brenda said...

Very pretty dress. I love the color.

Linda said...

Congrats on such a big job, those French seams take what feels like forever to complete. It's a gorgeous dress,and I was so impressed to see how modest it is. These days teens seem to want to reveal everything they have.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sherri, your daughter is beautiful in her dress. The dress reminds me of the one Taylor Swift wore when she sang "Love Song". I know this took a lot of sewing.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Gwendie said...

It's just beautiful!!! What a job, sewing fabric with rhinestones. You rock!

Gwendie

Simone de Klerk said...

Oh Sherri, this is so very very pretty! And the fabric ... I can almost feel the touch of it. How proud your daughter and you will be (O: I hope she has a fantastic prom!!!

Simone de Klerk said...

Oh Sherri, this is so very very pretty! And the fabric ... I can almost feel the touch of it. How proud your daughter and you will be (O: I hope she has a fantastic prom!!!

Candace said...

It is exquisite, Sherri! Wonderful work and your daughter is so beautiful! Congratulations!
Cheers!

Kaaren said...

OMG! Both are beautiful...your daughter and the dress. I can't imagine the time and effort you put into the dress, Sherri. It is simply stunning.

Wow! I'm speechless!

Chocolate Cat said...

WOW!!!!! You have done an amazing job!

~D Spack~ said...

Wow Sherri, it's lovely! I was hoping that you would show it. I never dared sew my daughters prom dresses, I was afraid that they would be unhappy with it!

Material Mary said...

The dress is stunningly gorgeous. You did an amazing job.
Mary

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

it's beautiful!

Terriaw said...

What an amazing dress. Such a gorgeous color and fabric combination. Best of all, she looks beautiful in it! You should be sooooo proud.

Chookyblue...... said...

wow this is beautiful........

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sherri...wow...you are amazing, the dress is just gorgeous....your daughter looks stunning, can't wait to see a photo of the pair of them.

Sølvi's blog said...

It sure i beautiful. You did a great job on this!

Jantine said...

This is so lovely! I can't believe you made this yourself. The dress I mean, not the girl, although she is very pretty too!

Roseanne said...

The dress is beautiful. She is gong to make heads turn. she is one lucky girl. Hope she is getting you something very special for mother day.

QuiltedSimple said...

Wow.....WOW. She is beautiful and you did an AWESOME job!
Kris

naoko said...

Oh! It's so beautiful and your doughter looks like Princess!

hetty said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Very impressive! Your daughter looks stunning in it!

Lori Holt said...

Sherri- That dress is absolutely
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!
I am so impressed, what a talent you have and such a wonderful memory for you and your daughter who looks beautiful.
I could only hope to do something like that for Kassidy someday:)
Lori

Lisa said...

The dress is beautiful! You did a wonderful job and she looks gorgeous in it!

Susan said...

What a beautiful dress and you made it. How lovely Your daughter looks like a princess and I am sure she felt like one too.
You do fabo work
hugs
Susan

Mel said...

Gorgeous!!! Love the color and your daughter is beautiful!!

Arlette said...

I'm impressed! Your daughter's dress is beautiful (and your daughter too). Kudos to you for even attempting something like that.
Aloha!

KATTY said...

Your daughter is just beautiful and the dress wonderful. This is my first massage I'm from france and I discovered your blog few weeks ago.