Presenting Sew Chicago’s Curvy Girl Prom Dress and Accessory Collection

They sparkle.  They shine.  They’re simply divine.  They are the Curvy Girl Prom Dresses and Accessories produced by Sew Chicago, and they are ready for their close-ups.

Let’s start with Wanda Cobar’s stunning celebration of all that is fun about being a girl.  Hot pink is Wanda’s favorite color, and just look at what she whipped up for some lucky girl shopping at the Glass Slipper Boutique. 

The spaghetti-strap dress is made of satin-backed crepe with a fabric flower on the bodice and at the hem.  Look closely and you will see Wanda’s clever trick of using a  button at the center of each flower.  Peeking out from the hem of the dress is hot pink tulle.

The jacket uses the satin side of the hot pink fabric.  (Don’t you just love the shape?  We have to talk her into giving us the pattern.) Both the dress and jacket are lined in purple satin. Wanda’s execution is flawless.

Wanda also generously donated another hot pink prom dress.  This one has two silver fabric flowers at the hip and a matching hooded wrap.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do justice to the wrap.

Some day in the not-too-distant future, someone with a microphone will approach a celebrity on a red carpet to ask “who are you wearing” and the answer will be “Wanda Cobar.”

Lee brought the same meticulous attention to detail she puts into her Bella Bras to this lovely two-piece gown made from a pattern in the March 2009 issue of Burda Magazine. The blue charmeuse skirt has a fishtail hem and the fitted bodice is shirred in front.  Lee added a sparkly illusion netting overlay to the bodice, including the straps. Speaking of the straps, they are adjustable. What a clever touch for a dress that can’t be fitted to its wearer in advance.

Take a peek inside and you will see that, in true couture fashion, Lee’s dress is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Bella, indeed.

Katie O. made two adorable halter-top dresses using McCall’s pattern 5806. One is made from the bolt of blue charmeuse three of us shared. The other is in a chocolate brown with the blue as an accent, a color combo that looks fabulous.

We have three different interpretations of Simplicity 3785.

Linda and Liz H. used purple crepe-back satin, another bolt that we shared. Mine is in the blue charmeuse.

Linda added purple illusion netting for the sash and loop. Liz H. placed gold illusion netting over the bodice and used it for the sash, then added fabric roses to the shoulder. She piped the neckline for a touch of couture. I added a bit of bling by adorning the front loop and the shoulders with rhinestone appliques. My nod to couture was a hand-picked zipper.

Take a look at the fine craftsmanship in Linda’s prom dress.  Not a ripple or a pucker in sight, and that’s the lining! And then there’s her hem.  It’s one we can all envy, and hope to emulate.

The pattern instructions said to put the sash ends in the center back seam, which would have wreaked havoc with the zipper.  All three of us ignored that instruction.  Linda and Liz tucked the netting under and attached it to the dress just shy of the zipper. Because I used the charmeuse for the sash, I needed another solution. I finally settled on making end pieces that mimic the front loop, and attaching them with hooks and eyes.

Still to come are two more dresses, bringing our total to 10.

The girls will also have a variety of wraps to choose from, as well as fabric flowers to pin on their dresses or evening bags. The flowers are in their final stages of completion.  Here are the wraps.  Each of these is made of sheer fabric with lovely rolled hems. The black one has sequins, which did not come out in the picture. The print has sleeves with elastic so that the sleeves will bell out and float around her arms. Tina needs to take careful inventory of these when we transport everything to the Glass Slipper Project Boutique, because I am particularly fond of the gray wrap. 🙂

As you can see, a lot of talent, a tremendous amount of work and a great deal of heart went into this project. This was an extraordinary effort.  If you’re impressed with this work–and how could you not be–please leave a comment and join me in congratulating and thanking the Fairy Godmothers of Sew Chicago for a job very well done.

12 thoughts on “Presenting Sew Chicago’s Curvy Girl Prom Dress and Accessory Collection

  1. This was such an inspired event, and so meaningful to the girls that will benefit. I enjoyed reading about it (with the delightful narration of Wendy–you have a future in fashion writing, I believe!) and the pictures were perfect. Kudos to everyone! A lot of work, devotion, and enjoyment for all. Thank you.

  2. What a beautiful job you all did! The dresses are stunning and they’re sure to help some lucky girls enjoy a wonderful prom night.

  3. Thanks Wendy! I had a great time making the dress ! I used 2 different patterns for the Hot Pink dress with the flowers and tulle. For the dress I used McCalls 4460 and for the short jacket I used Kwik Sew pattern 3516. The flowers were not part of the pattern that was just me experimenting 🙂

  4. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


    • Thank you so much. The project was a labor of love tinged with sadness that the dresses would go out in the world without our having a chance to see them worn. But hearing from visitors to our blog brings back the joy over and over again.

      Sent from my iPhone

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