The North American International Auto Show Charity Preview is the real name of the event, but locals refer to it as the “Detroit Prom.” As proms go, it’s a bit large. Attendance was reported as 13, 791 with $4.8 million raised for local children’s charities, so it’s a pretty big night here. The city is all sparkles, tuxes and limos and it is a night of amazing people watching.
Since I joined the Ready to Wear Fast started by Sarah of Goodbye Valentino, of course I had to make my dress and it is my first make of 2014.
This is a dress I have been thinking about for a long time, collecting a lot of inspiration on Pinterest. The design really didn’t come together until late December, no pressure there.
I decided on midnight blue, combined two Vogue patterns to get the look I wanted and found the lace and stretch silk for the under dress at Haberman Fabrics. I already had a silk lining fabric in my stash.
The stretch silk was lovely to sew. I was able to skip the boning in the bodice, since the underdress would be attached to the outer. The outer dress is 5 yards of silk organza I ordered from Mood. With all the bad weather, it was slightly delayed, but once it arrived we had 2 snow days and I had more time to work on it. Yeah for snow days!
With the exception of the hem, the machine sewing was done. I have a new found respect for anyone who does custom gowns or wedding dresses, dealing with that much fabric is a real challenge. The addition of the lace and Swarovski crystals on the bodice was done by hand.
I loved wearing this dress, it almost floats as it moves. As usually I didn’t get many photos wearing it, just a couple of IPhone shots. That should change from here on, I bought a new camera today with a remote.