Making A Dress For The School Fundraiser

My kids go to a small Catholic school and every year they have a big fundraiser for the school. This year the gala event was held at The Ronald Reagan Library. 
 I decided to make a First Communion dress to auction off with all of the proceeds going to the school. That’s what I spent Friday and Saturday doing. My son was singing in the choir at the auction and leaving at 4 to set things up. I finished this dress at about 3:30! It felt like one of those Project Runway moments. I had planned on sewing hand beading to the neck and sleeves but I didn’t have time so I just had to “Make It Work.”
The dress was made from silk shantung and had a petticoat and silk roses on a silk organza sash. I pretty much drafted the whole thing except for the bodice piece I used from a Simplicity pattern. I drafted the sleeves because I have yet to find a cute little girls dress pattern with a cap sleeve. The whole thing cost me about thirty five dollars in fabric and it auctioned off at 200 dollars! That’s what I call a markup!
Here is my son who is making a very rare appearance on my blog. I can’t believe he is turning 18 this Saturday.
Me and the hubs. My daughter did my hair and makeup. She followed a smoky eye tutorial on You Tube and she did a very good job!


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  1. Sara Noemi says

    Pretty! And it looks like those pleats took a long time! You really made it work =)

  2. Sew Country Chick says

    @ Maggie, I bought a yard of this rosette trim I have been saving. It’s really neat.

  3. Janlynn says

    You have made a beautiful dress for some very lucky little girl. You should feel very good that you raised so much money for your school.

    Your daughter did a great job on your smoky eyes.
    Your son looks very handsome and an 18th birthday is cause for celebration.

  4. khristie B says

    I can’t believe you have an 18 year old son. Handsome devil he is too. The dress is gorgeous.

  5. Debi says

    Love the dress with the rose belt! Really beautiful! And wow, like Khristie B, I can’t believe you have an 18 year old son!!! Sounds like you had a great time!!

  6. Alix says

    What a beautiful dress and a great way to raise funds! If my daughter were still at her Catholic Primary School I would suggest that for their Christmas Fair – this year’s youngsters will have just begun their First Holy Communion preparation, so Mum’s will be thinking ahead to next May!

  7. Lil' Bit and Nan says

    Wow! Great job on the dress, it looks beautiful! Glad the school made a great auction profit off of it. I love the Reagan library, you were in my home town. – Bethany

  8. Bless by Tone says

    love the dress – think I might have found my daughter’s Christmas dress

  9. MushyWear says

    You did a beautiful job on the dress. I love the fabric and the roses around the waistband.

  10. Sophia says

    What a beautiful dress. I’m not surprised it sold for for $200 because it looks like it came from a boutique. Great job!