The summer before grade 12 I began work on my prom dress. I had purchased this beautiful iridescent fabric from King Textiles in downtown Toronto for about $7/yard. I draped the fabric on my dress form and started beading the straps and a belt. The dress isn't made with much finesse. I know I couldn't have done a more precise job with draping to make the distribution of fabric more even and not bunch together at the front. I took a couple months off this project, and when I came back to it I felt there was something missing. I was playing around with pearl chains but ultimately decided against it. Rummaging through other materials I had, I started to play around with this pink tulle. It paired so nicely with my original fabric, but I had to figure out how to make it look flattering. Although I spent countless hours beading that belt, I opted out of it and instead beaded an illusion bust outline. Hopefully, I'll be able to use the belt for another project.
You can't see, but I also put in a lining from King Textiles that cost the same price as my iridescent fabric. I also lined the inside rim of the neckline with a pink velvet trim I had.
This isn't a conventional prom dress and for that, I am so much more pleased with it.
(Click here to see my prom photos)