We are on fifth year ball ….or prom …whatever you call it were on count down in my house. 3 weeks to go and I am sure that will speed by. We sort of started the count down over a year ago when last years ball was going on and my daughter was keen to watch them go in to the venue as she knew a few of them but more importantly she wanted dress ideas. She rather surprised me by knowing exactly what she wanted. I of course cant give any details away and sworn to complete secrecy. At the beginning of the dress hunt we did have the luxury of a plan B . If we couldn’t find the right dress at the right price I could always make the dress for her. We didn’t have that at plan A as making ball dresses these days costs more than buying one and I still haven’t won the lottery. Buy a stroke of luck my daughter was out in town over Christmas and found the perfect dress by chance. It just needed a small alteration around the top and then would fit perfectly. Even the hem was the perfect length which made me happy as I use to hate doing hems.
As the weeks went by ideas were thought up. The dress was rather plan but that is part of its beauty. But just like all girls my daughter wanted a some bling on it, quiet understandably too. Now its been a fair few years since I have made wedding dresses so I had to research that bit. Apparently these day gems are glued on. So much quicker and cheaper then hand sewing them on. The proper glue was bought and 100 gems ordered ready for after the dress was altered.
Finally the ball got close enough for me to tackle the alterations. I didn’t want to do them too early just in case my daughter put on or lost any weight. Now in my time as a seamstress I have made curtains with swags and tails that cost in the thousands. I have made pink wedding dresses, gold wedding dresses and oddles of cute little bridesmaids dresses. I’ve made waistcoats and bow ties for teddy bears and even bags, hats and clothes for myself. None of it has really fazed me at all. But when it came to altering my daughters ball dress I was a bag of nerves. To say I was relieved when it was over is a understatement to say the least. Then came the fun bit, the gems. It soon became obvious 100 gems really wasn’t going to give the bling affect we were after. 400 more were ordered and I set to it. 500 gems later the dress is now suitably blinged.
The shoes and bag have been bought. Hairdresser organised and few other things too. I think I can safely say we are ready. I will of course post a picture of my daughter on the red carpet. It’s only seems like yesterday she was a babe in arms.