Generous Hearts, Talented Hands

Prom season is about to begin and the more than 1,500 young women who waited in long lines to shop the Glass Slipper Project boutiques are all set with their dresses, evening bags, shoes and accessories.  ASG Chicago was proud to be a part of this year’s boutiques, from the Curvy Girl Prom Dresses and accessories made by members, to the collecting of gently-used prom wear to volunteering in the alterations room at the boutiques.  Let’s take a look at the Curvy Girl Prom Dresses, evening bags and wraps that were made by the generous and talented members of ASG Chicago.

First we have a bejeweled dream of a dress created by the mother-daughter team of Carol and Jeanette. The deep blue of the sky just after sunset is graced with a chiffon overlay. The bodice is outlined in faux gemstones that will make the wearer feel like royalty.

Neighborhood Group Coordinator Aileen made this confection from McCall’s 6032 out of the same raspberry-cherry hammered satin that Sew Chicago’s Nancy and Katie used for their prom dresses. Aileen added a touch of sparkle with a rhinestone brooch holding the sash in place in front.

Chapter President Connie and Joliet Neighborhood Group Leader Evelyn each made ensembles using Butterick 5542.

Connie chose a rich purple and Evelyn worked in a shimmery gold satin. 

Both Connie and Evelyn made coordinating evening bags, and Evelyn completed her ensemble with a stunning brocade wrap.

Community Service Coordinator Marge outdid herself, as she does with all of our many community service projects. In addition to storing and organizing over 180 gently-used prom dresses and boxes of shoes and handbags, Marge made four Curvy Girl Prom Dresses.  Like Marge herself, each of these dresses is sophisticated and elegant.

The first is a midnight blue satin using Butterick 5461 (I used another one of the bodice variations from the same pattern).

Next, Marge made a floor-length gown in a copper satin that is sure to flatter just about any complexion. 

For a change of pace, Marge worked in a fun print featuring lavender and blue. She rounded out her collection with a turquoise crepe trimmed in gold.

Publicity Chair Carol, who brought an entire crew to the alterations room of the Glass Slipper Boutique, made an elegant full-length dress in navy with matching trim along the empire waist seam and a coordinating print scarf twisted to wear as a necklace. 

Pat W. spiced up the collection with a bold animal print dress.  She completed her ensemble with an evening bag and hot pink wrap that matches the ruffle and sash details on the dress.

Terry from the Palos Flying Needles Neighborhood Group made this beautiful lavender satin gown that is sure to turn heads on prom night.

Peggy found lavender crepe in her stash and turned out this feminine floor-length dress with a fun pleated fish tail detail in the back and a matching handbag with a clever stacked button closure.

Peggy continued to mine her stash for more fabric and made this bohemian-inspired ensemble for the gal who wants to make a unique statement at prom.

My apologies to Jane S., who made a hot pink dress and matching lace shrug. I thought I had an individual picture of this lovely creation, but I was mistaken. Fortunately, we have it here at the front of the rack of Curvy Girl Prom Dresses on the day we presented them to the Glass Slipper Project Board.

Now for the accessories. Newsletter Editor Flo outdid herself with 19 evening bags, each one with charming embellishments and meticulous attention to detail. I opened one  and noticed a little surprise from Flo. Tucked into each purse is a card with a very special message.

To ward off the chill of a Chicago spring evening, Lynda made four pink shawls and one red sparkly shawl. And Anna from Palos Heights made a lovely ivory satin capelet, even though she has the use of only one hand.

The Curvy Girl Prom Dress Challenge also inspired Susan, a talented ASG member in Florida to participate. Her fabulous creation was on display in the ASG Chicago booth at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo before it was donated to the Glass Slipper Project.

To everyone who participated, a heartfelt thank you and congratulations on a job very well done. To those of you who missed the challenge this year, I hope we’ve inspired you to join us in playing Fairy Godmother next year.

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3 Responses

  1. I can happily say that several of the dresses were selected. I can’t tell you about each one, but here are some anecdotes of the ones that I did see: Some came through the Alterations room, including the lavender dress, which I personally altered (pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/5602397099/in/pool-1489720@N25/) and Marge’s print dress, which I pinned the alterations on the girl. She wanted a dress that had excitement.

    The two size 40+ dresses that Susan and I each made were selected by the second boutique. There were less than five dresses in this size grouping, so I know we helped to make some young ladies’ nights.

    The girls loved the puffier wristlets; those went quickly…some were eyed by the volunteers, which we had to remind volunteers that all donations are for the girls.

    For anyone thinking of next year: the Glass Slipper Project is in need of handbags! Neutral, black, silver go with every dress color. I may be organizing a sew-in to make handbags sometime in the fall or early next year.

  2. And on behalf of The Glass Slipper Project, THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation, collected a donation and helped at the boutiques. The ASG was listed on the volunteers’ t-shirt as a recognized supporter of the Glass Slipper Project.

    I heard from several other GSP Board members and Alterations room “regulars” how impressed they were with the ASG members’ presence in the Alterations room.

  3. WOW! What lovely dresses and accessories for such a wonderful cause.

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