This perfectly sparkly dress however, was not the perfect fit, so I offered to alter it for her.
After discussing a few ideas for the alterations that needed to be done, we decided to go a completely different, slightly easier, way more fun, direction. My friend's favorite part of the dress was the sequin covered skirt. Thus, we decided to scrap the ill-fitting bodice and design a new, perfectly fitting and flattering bodice to go with the perfectly sparkly skirt. We went to Joann's and came home with some matching gold-colored satin, lots of sequin trim, and Butterick B6052.
I sewed a mock-up of the new bodice from some old curtains in my stash. Once the mock-up was fitted perfectly to my friend I cut it apart. It then became the bodice pattern, and I cut into the pretty, shiny, gold, satin.
I sewed together the new bodice, and got to try out my brand new invisible zipper foot (which is awesome).
Finally I sewed on lots of sequin trim to make the new bodice look like it belonged with the extremely sequined, sparkly, skirt.
The finished product? A very sparkly, one of a kind, liquid sunshine, pageant gown.
My friend looked absolutely stunning, and did very well at her pageant (4th runner up!!), and I got to refashion another formal gown! This was a very fun and rewarding project. Now, does anyone else need a formal gown? I want another project!