Embroidered Graduation Dresses

Well it is that time of year when young girls begin to think about their prom dress. But if they want their mother to do some embroidery, they better have thought about their dress in February. When my daughter Courtney graduated, she wanted me to make her an oriental dress with a gold dragon on the front. After some research, I came up with a design that appealed to her.

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This was the first time I had ever tried my hand at couching. I have since learned that the dragon is the symbol for the Chinese Emperor whereas the Empress would have cranes on her gowns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The year before her high school graduation, Courtney was escorting a friend to his graduation.  She wanted a more fairy tale look that year. Courtney loves Celtic designs so I adapted designs by Courtney Davis . This was the first time I embroidered using metallic thread. I did not much like it. It was difficult to embroider with.

Celtic design at the back of the skirt

A lovely effect!