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The Lenz Family Prom Dress

Added May 9, 2011

by misslivia

Ellensburg, Wash...






While just one member of my family wore this dress to the prom, it was truly a group effort to get it done. My youngest sister found a beautiful and unique dress online (middle picture) but we can’t afford a $400 dress for a one night shindig….so we decided to make it. My mother made the basic dress, it is a simple skirt attached to a princess-seamed boned bodice. The sister who wore the dress found some metallic fabric at the store and determined the length and width of each of the gold ‘sequins’. Then came the long, long process of placing and attaching them to the dress – it took probably 20+ hours of both me and my sister working to complete the trim! Each had to be placed, pinned and then stitched down on each end. The ones on the tulle layer of the skirt were the worst because we couldn’t go from sequin to sequin, we had to tie off a loop at each end of each sequin so that the thread did not show through the tulle. And we added extra silver sequins and black and silver beads to the bodice for a little more sparkle. The end product was worth every last minute of effort because she looked beautiful the night of the prom!




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    May 26, 2011, 11.34 PMby melonhead

    Wow this is so gorgeous!

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    May 21, 2011, 06.29 AMby o0helen0o

    love the dress, but the simple make up is even more beautiful

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    May 18, 2011, 12.19 AMby prairieponygirl

    Wow! I beautiful dress on the inside and outside!

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    May 17, 2011, 04.14 PMby daisylynn

    what a labour of love! She is beautiful.

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    May 17, 2011, 03.39 PMby ellohdesign

    wow this is absolutely beautiful! amazing! great work from the whole fam :)

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    May 17, 2011, 08.22 AMby mlssfshn

    Beautiful, great job recreating it!

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    May 17, 2011, 01.18 AMby ThomasLeeDesigns

    Great work! And from the sound of it, the dress was that much more special that a store-bought design because of the work and time it took, she look beautiful and this turned out great!!!

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    May 16, 2011, 10.25 PMby Esther Msika

    WOW, you did so well! It’s amazing!

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    May 16, 2011, 10.11 PMby loyl8

    great job!! Beautiful!!!

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    May 16, 2011, 08.18 PMby junaluska

    Despite the incredible amount of work and time it took, the dress looks fantastic! I’m impressed by the sequins – I doubt I’d have the time and patience for that.

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    May 16, 2011, 07.48 PMby infinite-plus-one

    Indeed she looks beautiful! And what’s most important is that you all did it together, love it!

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