Out of my wheelhouse
Ella goes to my shul. She is a terrific sensible and funny kid. I made her tallit for her bat-mitzvah, and when she was younger I repaired her beloved stuffed bunny.
Ella is graduating from high school in a few weeks. She is going to two proms and is attending a family wedding. Ella fell in love with a dress on Etsy. The seller asked that the buyers send their measurements in because the dress would be made to measure. Ella asked me to help her take her measurements. I did.
The dress Ella wanted came in a rose print on ivory chiffon. It was no longer available. Ella chose a celadon green instead.
A few weeks later, the dress arrived. Ella's mom got in touch with me. She asked me if I could make the dress work.
The color wasn't celadon, but more of a dreary grey. I have seen exactly that color of grey on the faces of people with terminal cancer. The color was depressing and the fit was really off. The neckline stood far away from Ella's body showing much too much skin and looking dowdy at the same time
My first task was to play with the fit of the bodice. My alteration skills are what my son's special ed teachers used to describe as "developing". I hid gathers that pulled the bodice towards the body.
Once I had improved the fit, we then had to address the unfortunate color. Ella and I discussed sever possible options. She loved the idea of adding faceted glass beads in bronze to the neckline. I thought that a bit of a darker color close to Ella's skin would help matters a great deal.
I put Ella to work stringing the beads and then I sewed the beads to the neckline. Once that task was complete the dress was less bleak but still to depressed to wear to a prom.
Ella came over this afternoon for our next work session.
She loved the idea of hot-melt crystals. We attached a bunch, but then Ella asked if we could also use the teeny gold sequins she had seen in my stash. All of the bits of glimmer helped a whole lot.
One thing that really bothered me about the dress was that the waistband was just a little too skimpy and out of proportion. I MacIvered a gold sash out of some pleated gold fabric. Ella had been lobbying for a ruffle so more of the gold fabric was turned into a ruffle.
Ella needed a big blingy necklace to wear with the dress and I had just the thing.
Weirdly all of the bling that we added and the necklace seem to make the dress read as greenish rather than just death grey.
Yes, the dress does need to be professionally pressed. But it is better, lots better than it was. The dress looks particularly beautiful in low light when the crystals and the sequins bounce the light back to the viewer.