On the left Shira and her brother Jacob pose in the synagogue. Shira is wearing the dress she designed and that I helped her make. The process is described below…
Shira, my 12-year-old protégé asked if I would help her make a special dress for her Bat Mitzvah, a ceremony that is a rite of passage when she, as a Bat Mitzvah, would acquire the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of an adult Jew. She needed a really special dress that would reflect the importance of this ceremony.
Next we tested the drafted patterns in muslin. There were three fittings. The first, not shown, was done with the basic bodice. The seam lines were marked, then the pattern was split to create three bodice pieces. The shoes were found on line.
Shira chose apricot and gold satin fabric. We also found gold trim that matched the design of the shoes. Gold metallic thread was purchased to use with sewing the trim. Labels were later purchased, as one should always sign one’s work.
Amanda is the hostess who organized and arranged this fabulous event.
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