Friday, May 20, 2011

It's Done!

As I promised, I am getting this post up before the week is out.... just barely. :)

The dress is finally finished, after about a month and a half of hard work! Ready to see it??

Ta Da!

This dress is actually for the Joann Fabric's 2011 prom contest. I wanted to enter last year, but I found out about it too late, so I determined to enter this year! :)

Here's the back...

...and the twirl! :)

I designed this dress on my own, and also created the pattern for it. And I edited the pattern for the beading on the top band and the skirt. All in all, it took me probably over 24 hours of sewing to complete it.

The dress features pleated, capped sleeves, and beaded band for the neck-line, a three-layer tulle skirt, with 7 beaded panels, and a zipper to close it.

Band detail...

Sleeve detail...

Skirt panels...

And the accessory - a hair flower.

One of the requirements for the contest was to attend a formal dance, so a dear friend hosted one for me, where we danced for about 4 hours! Thanks sooo much Mrs. L. for hosting that - it was a fabulous evening! Here are a few videos of the dances for your own enjoyment:
*Please note that we are not professional dancers and most of the people attending had never done English Country Dancing before*

Thanks for being patient while I kept you in suspense! Hope it was worth the wait! :)


  1. Oh my goodness, that gown looks amazing!! *sigh* You must feel just like a princess when you wear it. :)

    Elizabeth Rose

  2. You did a beeeautiful job on the dress, sis! Your sewing talent continues to grow. And it gave us an excuse to dance. ;-) You're amazing!

  3. Love it. Just love it. Especially the twirling pictures!! ^_^ Thank you for posting the video, too... and for letting me be part of it. Three cheers for dresses & dancing!!

  4. Oh my goodness Tara! You really have outdone yourself! :)

    The dress is absolutely beautiful! And you look beautiful in it! Wonderful job m'dear!


  5. Miss Elizabeth Rose: Thank you - and I do feel quite elegant in it! :)

    Kath: Any excuse to dance is a plus! Love you!

    Laura: Thank YOU for coming with us! It was a marvelous evening! I actually took the twirling pictures for you, since you kept wanting me to twirl just one more time at the dance! ;)

    Miss RJ: Thank you! It was a lot of work, but worth it in my opinion! :)*hugs*

  6. Tara, this dress is just amazing. And it looks so wonderful on you. You did a terrific job, and I'm speechless! Congratulations, you're the winner in my book :-) Love, Oma

  7. Thanks Oma! :) Glad you like it!
    Love you!

  8. Oh. My. Goodness. This dress is amazing!!!!! You did an absolutely FABULOUS job, Tara. :) And btw, nice hair cut! I should email you soon, I haven't heard from y'all in awhile. *hugs* miss ya!!! <3 <3 <3

  9. Amazing job Tara! You are such a talented seamstress, I envy your talent:-) Oh, and that color looks so pretty on you!

    Miss ya!

  10. Lenna - Hey there! Nice to hear from you!! Thanks so much for the kind compliments! You're so sweet!

    Esther - Thank you! How about this - I'll give you sewing tips and you can teach me how to smock! :)

  11. Lovely!! I love the beading, and the color is just gorgeous! Very jun skirt idea!

    Also- really like the photos!! Hmmm, maybe you'll have to visit so Kathryn can take nice pictures of all my dresses.... ;-)

  12. Lily - Thanks so much!!

    I think that would be a great excuse to get together... and it would have to be a substantial visit, since you have so many dresses, right?? :)

  13. Stunning work Tara!! Simply amazing!

  14. Thanks so much Dawn! I miss you!!!



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