One of the last dresses I had donated was a lovely lemon yellow Prom dress.
The dress had a very thin halter top strap. The bodice was covered with a layer of mesh tulle embroidered with sequins and beads. The top layer of tulle had some beading and sequins. The dress had a side zip. It was a bit small for my dress form. The tulle section extended above the solid fabric bodice in the front and the back.
I decided that I would just go with an off-the-shoulder ruffle look. I had a 3 yard length of pre-ruffled organza trim I had been itching to use. I thought it was going to be white when I ordered it, and it was a soft cream instead. It seemed like it would go with this yellow quite well.
I needed something for a band and none of the fabric scraps I had were looking too good. I tried this 3″ ribbon (left over from making cheer bows) and it looked like a win!
I measured how long the band needed to be, and then I added some extra length for ease.
I edged the organza trim with yellow string sequins and then stitched it to the band. I had enough for two layers around the whole thing, and a third layer over shoulder. Once the ruffles were attached, I folded the ribbon over to form a casing, and pulled elastic through.
I stitched the ruffle down on the front where the straps were attached. I wanted a solid base for attachment as there would be some stress on this area.
In the back, I wanted to attach the trim to make a “V” shape. I stitched the ruffle to the fashion fabric and then added a piece of twill tape. This tape was then stitched to the bodice, to support the ruffle and take the tension off the sequined mesh.
And the dress is done:
In the show:
I just think this dress has a really lovely look. I think this would make a really nice “Belle” dress as well. The narrow halter top is also a good way to provide some almost-invisible support for a dress.
Cost: dress was donated, trim 3yds/$9.50, ribbon, string sequins & elastic: from large rolls.
I was really unhappy with the trim when I got it as I had ordered it thinking it was going to be white, and I wanted it to edge a petticoat. However, the 3 yd length is pretty minimal for edging the bottom of a skirt/petticoat. I really like this dress though, so I take back my negative thoughts!