The Reveal: 8th Grade Semi-Formal

Got both dresses done in time ..WOOT! Abby is rockin the 80s no? When she saw this pattern in the McCalls catalog she wanted it exactly as they showed it. The shoulder pads have mesh-covered jewels from M&J Trimming. There two shapes, a 25 mm round and 824 mm baguette. The baguettes posed a problem because the mesh is bunched up inside the setting and I could not get a needle through it to sew them on. Bridal glue came to the rescue. My baby knows how to shop: she found a pair of Adrienne Vitadinni silk satin shoes for $30 at DSW! The fashion fabric is a purple silk charmeuse, the lining is black silk habotai, both from Thai silks.

Now that I have a dress pattern fitted to her I can make her this style as a Little Black Dress for orchestra (she plays viola.) Em is wearing a different dress than what she will have for Nationals in July. When I injured my shoulder last month I realized there was no way I’d get a spiral steel boned corselet and dress made in time for tonight. Em was very good about the news and found an inexpensive RTW dress at TJ Maxx that I altered by taking off the bra top and adding Rigilene boning to give her support.

There was zero boning in this strapless dress and there was no way my daughter was going to be hiking up her dress all night like all the other girls in of Thurston Middle School in RTW. There was an interlining layer in the front bodice due to the molded bra cups so I able to fiddle a casing for the Rigilene. The back of this dress had no interlining and there I just took in the side seams about an inch on each side to make it super tight across her back and we used Hollywood Tape to keep it up.