In 1993 (I think!), Annie played the piano in Dino Kartsonakis’ Christmas Show in Branson, MO. I made her dress, of course!
It was sparkly and beautiful, and she loved it!
Here’s the dress, a little wrinkled from hanging for 20+ years in the closet, but otherwise intact. It was a combination of careful stitching and garment construction, and quick finishing for a garment that would be worn only a few times. For the stage, glitz wins out over fine detail! The dress was made from an iridescent synthetic satiny fabric with synthetic lace yardage and trim. I think it was a Butterick pattern.
The peplum was a separate piece, consisting of lace yardage gathered and stitched to a stretchy wide sequin band. It fastened under the bow with hook and loop tape and a snap. The elastic has deteriorated and is no longer very stretchy, so I had to pin it in place to take this photo.
I hand-beaded the neckline and bodice with iridescent glass beads. After bringing the dress in for approval (I was the only Mom making a show dress,) I was asked to add even more sparkle. So I glued iridescent sequins on the bodice for more glitz!
The entire dress was lined with a polyester lining, and I added horsehair braid (which is not really horse hair, of course!) to the lining hem to hold the skirt out nicely.
It was a busy November and December that year, getting Annie to practices and performances, but what a fun thing for a fourth-grader to get to do! And this dress kind of falls into that princess category that almost every little girl loves! 🙂