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My Prom Dress - Great Gatsby Inspired

Added May 31, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






My prom dress! I have answered this question at least 150 times ever since I first started sewing “are you going to make your own prom dress?” The answer was always pretty much self explanatory if you knew how many hours of the day I spend in my room sewing.

The dress was completely hand drafted. Over 23 separate pattern pieces were drafted for this dress. It felt so much like a jig saw puzzle while drafting and measuring everything out. I used two different kinds of chiffon for the overlay. One was a plain, navy chiffon, and the other was a navy chiffon with small, gold dotted, grid lines which I used in the detailing of the dress. If you’ve ever worked with chiffon before you’ll know that it’s not the most user friendly of all the fabrics. I had to be very thoughtful of the grainline, otherwise the pattern would distort itself when it was moved to the sewing machine and the fit would be off.

The dress was sewn using all french seams to keep the overlay from unraveling and completely falling apart. Also I’ve found french seams to look sleeker when working with see-through fabric. The seam placements are actually details of the dress itself. Everything was cut out to create a triangle shape. The skirt seams were placed to create a triangle effect going down towards the skirt; this is also echoed in pleated seam around the v-shaped neckline in the front and back.

There are a total of 5 godets in the front, side and back using the gold speckled fabric so when I walked the gold would pop, but only very subtly. There’s a slight train in the back godet of the dress, but nothing too long. I wanted to be sure that I could still dance without getting stepped on all night.
The lining is a completely separate dress made from bright cobalt satin fabric. At first I was going to use navy for the lining, but when I held the under the overlay, the detail of the french seams were lost. With the cobalt it was still blue enough to look navy, but at the same time show off the detail of the seams.

I was working on the dress far into the early morning (4am) of the day of the prom. I finished sewing the last detail of my dress literally 30 minutes before I left to get ready with the other girls. Overall I’d say around 90 hours went into the construction of this dress.

More details and photos over on my blog. http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/

Material Notes

Chiffon, satin, invisible zipper, thread.




Spring, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Chiffon, Satin

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    Mar 13, 2014, 06.06 AMby maggiemc

    You did an awesome job! And you’r so beautiful it looks like the upper part was painted on you! Beautiful.

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    Aug 25, 2013, 03.54 AMby lepetithoot

    What a beautiful dress! You’re very talented. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you having your own line or doing costume design for movies some day. Great job!

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      Sep 3, 2013, 04.59 AMby melonhead

      Thank you! (:

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    Jul 21, 2013, 03.56 PMby emilief

    This dress is PHENOMENAL! The color and cut are brilliant, congrats!!!

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    Jul 11, 2013, 04.10 PMby antraxdesigns

    it’s so amazing I don’t even have words to say it! I really love it, it’s totally a “red carpet dress”!!

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    Jun 20, 2013, 02.25 AMby rebeccalady

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m amazed. You’re so talented! All of your projects are incredibly inspiring. You’re definitely going places young lady! :-) Great photo shoot too!

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    Jun 3, 2013, 11.03 PMby misslivia

    Just lovely! The color and shape are perfect for you.

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    Jun 2, 2013, 10.29 PMby smallone

    wow did you really just graduate high school…? You are one supremely talented young lady!…this dress is beyond fabulous!!! i hope you are doing something at college that uses these skills and if so we’ll see you in a few years when you’re a top designer :)

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    Jun 2, 2013, 11.15 AMby francescamw

    I am really impressed with your skill and creativity. It’s gorgeous and sophisticated.

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    Jun 2, 2013, 10.14 AMby pampula

    I’m speechless (again)! The dress is so beautiful, elegant and well made not to talk about the amazing details! I love the seam details on the overlay, very unique and precious. I wish I had patience to make something as gorgeous as your dress someday.

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    Jun 1, 2013, 09.46 PMby ariation

    Beautiful work! Excellent piecing together of the dress

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    Jun 1, 2013, 09.38 AMby Jodi Wade

    You have created a stunner of a dress!!! Amazing work. I love all the little panels.

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    Jun 1, 2013, 09.21 AMby freakusbzzz

    Gorgeous dress and I must say your date is very dashing.

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    Jun 1, 2013, 08.25 AMby sewingfan1

    Wow, you’re so creative, it’s absolutely gorgeous and the photos really do it justice too!

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      Jun 2, 2013, 04.37 AMby melonhead

      Thank you!

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    Jun 1, 2013, 07.32 AMby mixtlii

    You look stunning, you did a wonderful job shaping the dress!!! I have a question, does the cobalt dress have godets too, or is it only the chiffon dress? Thank you! I hope prom night was fantastic ;)

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      Jun 2, 2013, 04.35 AMby melonhead

      The chiffon overlay is the only part that has godets. The lining is just a simple fitted mermaid style skirt. Basically a dress mixed with a circle skirt starting at the knees. Aw thank you so much! It was definitely a fun night of dancing (:

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    Jun 1, 2013, 01.56 AMby alekat

    My goodness that is absolutely beautiful! You are so very very clever! I love it!

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      Jun 2, 2013, 04.36 AMby melonhead

      Thank you!

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    May 31, 2013, 10.46 PMby Tiffany Phares

    So beautiful! You look stunning in it!

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    May 31, 2013, 09.00 PMby fashionfreek

    Beautiful..well done you.:-D

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    May 31, 2013, 08.25 PMby thisblogisnotforyou

    You did an AMAZING job! i love it and the colour(s) are stunning! I wish I had this dress :)

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      Jun 2, 2013, 04.36 AMby melonhead

      Aw thank you so much! (:

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