The All White Dress…almost
Made my daughter a new solo dress. As a very creative 16 yr old she has lots of ideas of her own….to say the least. The original plan was to make an all red dress, as suggested by her teacher. Then she saw a dress on a dancer that was all white and she fell in love. Had to have an all white dress with no embroidery, and just crystals as decoration. (And yes the irony is not lost on me, her mother the embroiderer) So we struck a deal. I’d made the all white dress and the all red dress, so I could ease my concerns about how an all white dress would look on her. I know she looks great in red so thats a no brainer. The white dress had to come first though.
So we designed the dress. Searched for all the right elements. Picked a design, created by Susan Gowin from feis dress who was happy to help us with a great picture. The design would be done in crystals instead of embroidery. Big experiment for us. She wanted a petal skirt, which I was excited about making, but I wanted it to be a little different from every other petal skirt out there. I experimented with a trim that had some dangly things…but eventually settled on ostrich feather trim. Not a ton, but enough to give some different texture and movement. I did use the trim for the belt and sleeves and it all tied together. Here are some pictures…..
this is the trim with all of the dangling bits cut off. It shows up great on red which helped with the photo, but this fabric is not in the dress.
This is the design on which we based the crystal work. We did not used colored stones. Our plan was to use Mostly clear, and some AB stones in different sizes and shapes to define the ribbons in the design. Here’s where my nerves start kicking in. Crystals are expensive, I love this design and would love to have embroidered it on the dress. Wish I had done that even if it were all done in white, because the crystals would have stuck better to the thread than to the fabric. (hindsight is great)
Tara wearing the dress! Minus lots of the crystals that fell off. She really wanted to help put crystals on, and she is really good at it. I did not want her using the toxic glue down where I work, so we used a less harmful one….less harmful really means less effective. So I crawled around after her picking up all the stray crystals! But I also figured out how to get them to stick better, along with the E6000 glue I will put some interfacing in small bits between the fabric and the glue to provide more texture for the crystals to adhere to. We will see how that goes. She loves the dress, got lots of lovely compliments. Plus we sold her red one to an adorable girl who dances with Tara at our school!
Here they are together! It was a great debut for them both. Yes I am still going to make the red dress because the fabric is already purchased and it is going to be just as fun to make as the white one!!! It’s good to be a dressmaker, and it’s good to be the dancing daughter of a dressmaker!!!!!