I got a call from a very distraught young lady about her prom dress. She had ordered it from England, believing that it was silver beading that made it so sparkly. However, when it arrived it was not silver beading, but silver sequence material. She hated sequence, which is why she was so excited to find this dress, as well as why she was so disappointed when it turned out to be something she would never wear.
When I looked at the dress, I suggested going in a different route. Instead of trying to take off the sequence, we remade the entire bodice, cutting a sweetheart neckline from satin, doing custom embroidery and hand beading the design.
We attached the bodice to illusion materials to give it more stability and comfort, to make it a halter in the front and adding straps in the back. We also put boning into the bodice to give it some shape.
In the end, she was so happy with the dress and she had a wonderful time at prom with her date!