There is a wonderful young woman at church named Chloe. Her high school prom was last month, and she had the most beautiful dress. The only problem is that her dress was strapless, and she wanted a bit more coverage, being a modest young lady and all that.
Enter me: Emilee the tailor. Novice tailor, really, having never worked with anything as gorgeous as Chloe's dress. But I had an idea--stemming from this pattern that I had once picked up at a 99-cent sale at JoAnn's. Now, for all you people out there who might ever be associated with someone who wants sleeves added to a strapless gown, run--don't walk, RUN!--and buy this pattern. The modification becomes very simple. (Seriously. If you can run a sewing machine, you could make this work. Just cut out the pieces, line them if you wish--I did--, and pin them on the person wearing the dress to see where they need to be attached. Then sew them on like you'd sew on a button. Or a Boy Scout patch. Easy peasy.) I mean, the pattern dress is basically a strapless dress with a cap-sleeve and back piece added on after the fact. Perfect for our uses. Doesn't she look stunning? And the back. (I loved that this pattern piece covered up the back, too. I hate it when my back is bare and I feel naked. You know?)Now certainly a trained dressmaker could have done a better job, but would a trained dressmaker pose with the lovely lady in her finished gown? Well, maybe. But. . . would a trained dressmaker deliberately look especially frumpy just to make the lovely young lady look even more beautiful? I doubt it. All the fabric for this came from the little scarf that is so often sold with the strapless formal gown. There was even enough left over for this cute little purse.