Monday, October 29, 2012

Gala Gown: Finishing Up!

My mom and I spent a few hours on Saturday working on the hem.  On went the dress, in went the pins, off came the dress, off came the extra fabric, and back on went the dress . . .

Here is what was cut off.  In some places I removed six and a half inches, and in one scary spot, I only removed half an inch.  Crazy bias!

I decided to go with a rolled hem for a couple of reasons.  First off, the flare of the skirt is so extreme, that a hem with over an inch of fold was going to require a ton of steam to shrink down all the excess.  And that probably would have required at least one more try one and marking step with mom.  

This way, I just cut an inch down from floor length, ran a machine stitch along the edge for reference, and sewed a rolled hem.   All that hand sewing is actually relaxing for me at this point.

The beaded hair pieces (which will help keep the hood in place) needed a few finishing touches.

Finally, the skirt required a press after all the handling, and was then hung on the back of the sewing room door to wait for her debut.


  1. It is quite moving to follow, day after day,the creative process of your dress down to its birth . thanks for taking us on in the adventure, and, well done !
    I can't wait till I see pictures of you in it now.

  2. Beautiful, the color choice, the fabric, the beaded pieces are exquisite. What a creative and inspirational journey. Now I will wait for the huge reward- a picture.

  3. Marvelous. Can't wait for the big reveal!

  4. I just caught up with your last few posts, and it is a pleasure to watch this masterpiece come together so beautifully. Thank you for sharing your trials and tribulations and endless trips to Joanns, it makes you seem almost human, although you're clearly blessed with some divine powers. Enjoy the event, and you know we will all be waiting to see your photos!

  5. thank you for all the detailed blog posts on this dress. It's great to be able to see the dress being made from start to finish.
    I can't wait to see u wearing the dress!

  6. Oh, my goodness, what a stunning gown! I am so looking forward to your photos from the event. :)

  7. Can't wait to see you off to the Gala. Will you meet a Prince????? Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  8. Wow! Can't wait to see all of this on. Those hair pieces look great!!