06 August 2012

Prom Night Out!

I was where it's at at Promaballoona last night!

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And so were Nhi, Sandra Mc, Amity and Jill, all in beautifully made dresses! You can also see the back of Angela of Bonne Chance in this pic.

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And another KC!

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The Prom was lovely. Oona is such a sweetheart, the SewLA Shop is a great space, and seamsters are the best people! Lots of pix here and here,here and on SewLA's Facebook page.

I didn't really get moving on my dress for Oona Balloona's Prom until afternoon. I couldn't decide what to make, and I can't see the Olympics from my sewing room, you know how it goes. I still should have had plenty of time. I've made the dress, Butterick 5489, before.

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What could possibly go wrong? OK, the striped fabric, a $2.50/pound knit from Michael Levine Loft, was a little slippery. Like, no matter where I put it, as soon as I let go it slithered to the floor. And OK, I wanted to make it a foot longer this time. So I accurately measured out an extension to lengthen the dress and carefully applied it to the front and half the back. Oops.

But things got really educational when I set to making the buttonholes at each side of the front waist to thread the ties through. I've always considered my machine's ability to make buttonholes to be a kind of magic, so when I blithely ran this creation under the buttonhole foot and it came out innocent of any stitching, I did not know what to do. I tried a few "magic" words. I brushed my teeth. I changed my needle. Nothing. At last, desperate, I read the directions and learned about gimp. Gimp? Gimp! And that my machine has special settings just for buttonholes in stretch knit. Who knew?

Now seriously pressed for time I raced ahead with the dress. I was determined to use my FabricMart mystery bundle giraffe print somehow so I made the ties and neck and arm binding with it. It's a look, OK? But I still had to deal with the hemline, which I had to hack off at knee length to match the unfortunately brief half of the back. It was nearly 9 p.m. and Heidi, Nina and Michael were getting impatient. So I made it work by doing a "Renfrew" at the hem with a wide doubled band of giraffe. Perfection. Or, at least, no worse than my original prom dress. I left the gimp threads hanging on the dress so I could brag about them.


  1. I like the giraffe print with the stripy blues and greens. I'm sure Oona was most impressed. Glad you had a good time!

  2. Your dress turned out to be great, after all! And I like the combination of the blue with the giraffe print! (Not sure about the tiara, though ;) ) Seems you had a lot of fun!

  3. Looks like everyone had a ball!!! Love your dress - the colour/pattern combo is super...

  4. That's a great combo: gorgeous colours and animal print!

    I admire you for sewing under pressure (the thought makes me very nervous).

  5. Seems as though "you made it work" Looks great and seems as though you had a good time.

  6. very nice combination of fabrics. I wish I could have been there too.

  7. Yay! You used the giraffe. Absolutely inspired and inspiring. Love your dress. Promaballoona looks like it was amazing!! Glad you had fun.