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Ultimate Sewing Challenge

Fuchsia Fantasy


!The idea for my prom dress was formed long before a stitch was taken.  I wanted to make something that would truly stand out because I wanted to wear it to at least two big events-my senior high school prom and for the royalty contest at our local 4-H fair.  After many sketches, the idea in my mind was finally translated on paper.  I did a lot of research on corset making because I wanted the corset top of the garment to be better made than most of those available in regular patterns.  Once I decided what the best way to make a corset was, I proceeded to make muslin.  After many alterations of the muslin and getting it to fit just as I wanted it to, I made the pattern.  The middle panel of the corset was going to be lattice smocking, so I took a rectangular piece of the fashion fabric (fuchsia shimmer satin) and marked the wrong side with dots that were in inch increments.  Lattice smocking works from the wrong side of the fabric, and as you join the dots, you end up drawing up the fabric which gives it the look that results. I love how when light hits the smocked fabric it makes all kinds of shadows that accentuate the beauty of the fabric.  Once the smocking was completed I added Swarovski crystals wherever the fabric was concave.  Lots of sparkle!  From that point, I could now cut out all the pieces of the corset and begin to sew.  I made my own piping to set off the lattice smocking on either side of the front panel, the back of the corset was  closed using ribbon woven through rattail loops with a modesty panel behind it.  The front also has a sweetheart neckline with ruffled drop shoulder sleeves.  Obviously, the corset top is the main feature of my garment, but I also designed the skirt to get just what I wanted.  The skirt is very full and has a 24 yard 6 inch fabric ruffle on the bottom to carry through from the ruffle on the sleeve.  There are four layers of tulle that have a split opening in the middle front. I ended up very pleased with this garment! I completed my Fuchsia Fantasy look with handmade Swarovski crystal bracelet, necklace and earrings. It served as my 4-H Wearable Art entry and managed to get me Best of Class in Wearable Art, Best of Show in Fiber, a Superior rating at the Illinois State Fair, and lots of oohs and ahhs from family and friends.


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    rakijaa | | #1

    A beautiful dress fit for a princess! Congratulations on all the awards...

  2. JBeanne | | #2

    Absolutely LOVE this dress! Beautiful fabric color, gorgeous detail with the lattice smocking, and it fits terrifically! Way to go!!

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    sportychick95 | | #3

    The corset is fantastic! Wow!! A lot of work, but it definitely paid off! Your work is awesome! Best of luck in the contest!

  4. Camando097 | | #4

    Oh, my gosh! Amazing! And this girl is only a recent high school graduate! Watch out world! Love everything about this outfit. Many of the other garments don't look like party ensembles at all...this screams "let's party!"

  5. EmmyLouWho | | #5

    Fuchsia Fantasy’s designer is PHENOMINAL!!! I received my degree in Apparel Design and now teach the same courses at university. This young lady has skills that FAR surpass the majority of college students in this field when they start the major and even when they graduate! The ability she has to take a complicated dream design, sketch it out, create the pattern and then sew it to completion is a truly amazing skill set. On top of that she incorporated her hand stitchery & beading talents to add “icing on the cake”. She is well on her way to become the next “top designer” with this beautiful party dress.

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