Miss Megan’s Senior Prom Dress

Remember that Prom Dress Project I was working on a while ago? Well, it’s finished. I actually finished around the end of April, and Megan twirled all night at Senior Prom the first week of May. Over the weekend we got together to do some portraits of the graduate, and her custom dress. The two fit each other perfectly, not only because I designed the pattern to her measurements, but because they are both unique, subdued, elegant, sophisticated yet fun and beautiful.
The coral material is pure silk taffeta and the overlay a French alencon lace. We started with an idea of a vintage silhouette, and the beautiful fabrics brought it to life. I loved the scalloped edge of the lace, so chose to use it along the hemline of both skirt and sleeve, which adds so much charm, don’t you think?  I used McCall’s M5850  as a rough starting point blueprint to create the unique pattern of the finished dress. The changes included eliminating the princess neckline, moving the zipper to the side, adding length on the top and bottom of the bodice…oh, and building a similarly fitting sleeved overlay sans darts and seams! It was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to stretch my seamstress muscles. 
At the last minute, I threw together the hairpiece of the dress fabric scraps. I added a pearl to each of the three rosette centers, and the effect was perfect. 
Fun project, fantastic dress, happy senior!! I loved working on such a beautiful dress, and can’t wait to begin another! 
maybe for myself…
maybe when this project is finished!! 


  1. Melanie
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    The dress turned out beautifully and the model is amazing!

  2. buddens
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, Miranda!

    And yes! I'd love to go walking with you. And I STILL have that sippy cup from Easter! ha!

  3. Melissa
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a gorgeous dress and a fun photo shoot! We love you!!!

  4. rachele and jordan
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    The dress turned out amazing!

  5. Chelsea
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I found your blog through Design Mom's. I LOVE, LOVE this dress. Great job!

  6. Vintagesquirrel
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    The dress is sheer perfection! I love everything about it. And, the model looks so naturally beautiful. The addition of the robin's egg blue shoes (and earrings) is the icing on the cake.

  7. Cari
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    wow! this dress is PERFECT. Do you take orders? I am seriously in love with it! Great work!

    • Miranda
      Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cari! It was a fun one. Contact me directly if you are serious about an order. I do custom work, and we can work out the details!


  8. Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful!

  9. Posted December 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Love it! so Beautiful!
    I’ve been searching for lace to make a dress.. mind sharing where this is from? its perfect!

    • Miranda
      Posted December 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lydia! I bought this particular lace at a local fabric shop, but similar Alencon lace is available online in lots of places! It’s pretty pricey, but totally worth it! Good luck!

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