Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sofie's formal dress

Sofie asked me to make her year 11 school Formal dress. She wanted something unique and as she said something "made with love". How could I refuse?
We chose Burda 12-2006-113. Fabrics were purchased from Cleggs in Lygon Street, Brunswick - a shop that specialises in evening fabrics. The lady who served us was so helpful. She helped us decide upon a sequin fabric for the bodice, poly satin for the trim and skirt and a soft pink silk Georgette for the over skirt.

After shopping for the fabric, Sof and I make a trip to Bridge Road to the perfect shoes - nude, shiny and very high!
Sofie trimmed an old bag of mine (from 1982) with a scrap of fabric and some trim
The zip was handpicked. I wish I could say the dress was a dream to sew, but my recent lack of sewing made it quite an adventure. Burda has it as a 2 dot pattern, but with our choice of fabrics it made it more a 5 star. I started on the Sunday for a Thursday night deadline. By Tuesday I was tearing out my hair and wondering why on earth I was putting myself through the torture. In fact I was telling myself that I was never going to sew again! However, after a few fitting tweaks, some hand sewing and few more hours of work, we were ready to celebrate with Champagne! And it was finished a day early!
And a couple of more photos to finish off. Sofie and her friend and a family shot.

29 comments:

Summerset said...

Oh, Vicki, you done an incredible job! You've reared a beautiful daughter, dressed her with beauty and elegance and got her the most fabulous shoes. So perfect.

Isabelle said...

What a vision! This dress looks like it's straight off the runway. Congratulations - and I hope this success made you want to take up a little sewing for yourself? :)
Beautiful family picture, too!

meli88a said...

What a beautiful girl and a beautiful dress. The first photo is so lovely I thought that she was a starlet at a celebrity event! I am sure she will treasure that dress and can wear it for several more special occasions.

Lisa said...

She looks stunning! What a lovely daughter you have.

cidell said...

You did this in a matter of days!?! Vicki, it's beautiful. Really, beautiful. It suits her so well. I love the mix of fabric and her shoes are divine.

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

The dress is gorgeous and so is your daughter. Beautiful sewing!!!

Sigrid said...

Gorgeous dress, absolutely beautiful. Completely understand nerves halfway, nothing to do with long time no sewing, but more the deadline you were working with. Great job and thanks for sharing the wondeful pictures.

Audrey said...

Wow, when you decide to get back into sewing you dive right in. It is a gorgeous dress and your daughter looks so happy and beautiful in it.

mimi o said...

The dress came out lovely and your daughter looked wonderful in it.

Gwen said...

Beautiful dress! I can't believe you did it in less than a week! How wonderful that she wanted you to make her dress... :)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

It's gorgeous! I am impressed you even approached undertaking sequined fabric. I've only used the cheap stuff that has the sequins glued on and that is quite enough for me to know I'll never do it again.

Sew4Fun said...

Totally knock-out gorgeous! Both Soph and the dress. You did an exceptional job. Working with that sequin fabric is akin to torture in my books. :) I bet Soph made a lot of other girls jealous. ;)

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Oh WOW wow wow! I honestly thought the first picture was from a magazine until I started reading your post. You did an incredible job on this dress. She looks beautiful and the dress is so elegant and just stunning!
(Both your daughters are beautiful. )

It's so nice to see you are sewing :)

Sharon said...

Stunning dress and I'm sure your daughter was the bell of the ball. To create this dress in such a short time with the fabric you chose is amazing. You all look very happy.

Lori said...

Vicki, you did an incredible job. The dress is gorgeous on your very beautiful daughter. Great job, Mom.

AllisonC said...

Hi Vicki - wow what a way to bounce back into sewing and blogging. You did an unbelievable job on this dress, hard to believe it only took a few days, and the fabrics you both chose are perfect - to look at if not to sew! Sofie looks beautiful and I hope she had a great time wearing the "made with love" dress.

Vicki W said...

It's a fabulous dress!

Birgitte said...

Wow! Congratulations Vicky. Your daughter looks amazing and the dress is stunning on her!

Andrea said...

WOW!!! That dress is a dream. Your daughter looks gorgeous. You did a beautiful job.

Tany said...

OMG, she looks like a princess!! VERY WELL DONE, BRAVO!

Dei said...

Worth every hour of hair tugging. Your daughter and your sewing efforts are both gorgeous. I love you Sophie's embellishments on your evening bag.

Ann Brodsky said...

This looks incredibly professional! Your daughter looks so lovely in it. This is a keepsake for certain.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You did an amazing job on this and Sofie looks beautiful! I'm sure that even though you suffered through the making that you were so proud when she left for the dance! You did good!

sewabeginner said...

OMG! THis dress is TDF. So beautiful. I am so scared of those fabrics. You really hit it out of the park.

Lisa said...

What a stunning dress I can't believe it only took a few days.It really is stunning !!!!

kbenco said...

How beautiful. I love the dress, I love the "made with love" request, and the photographs are gorgeous. Sophie looks amazing.

MareeAlison said...

Both the dress and your daughter look fantastic. Well done.

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

absolutely lovely! your work paid off in a beautiful dress and you all look terrific.

Sherry said...

Gasp - what a beautiful dress! Your daughter just looks so elegant and stunning in it!