Light up the room!

It is at least two years since I have seen amazing costume with light up skirt made by Angela Clayton (look it up here). I have been absolutely fascinated by it and went back to see it again and again.

If you are sewing for customers every day, sometime it can be really refreshing to make something just to enjoy the procedure of creating. The excitement of doing something big, majestic, and simply pretty, what can make people light up – feel exited, interested, alive.

After I spoke to Sarah form Whistler Chamber of Commerce and she told me she would like me to make a costume, my hard started to jump – when she mentioned the theme of the party – Igniting Excellence – everything click together. Finally!!! I am making my own light up skirt!!! Yes!!!

Like a squirrel I started collecting materials and bring them to my nest. In Fabricland I found this absolutely amazing red fabric with black flowers. My design didn’t count on any flowers at all but… Could I just leave the store without this pretty pricy but so gorgeous material? No. Could I just go on with my original plan? No! After I bring the fabric to the cutting table 3 times and than put it back on original spot, the merchant start already thinking I am dealing with some heavy personality disorder. I believe my inner dialogue was visible written all over my face.

After the main decision was done, I bought several shaded of yellow and gold organza, beads, little gems, and wait for it… gold thread. I didn’t even hope to use it for the machine because it is very slippery, organza is slippery… The all project is: “Very ambitious,” as one of the sales ladies noted. For someone who doesn’t know anything about seamstress slang it means – “You will screw this up! Why don’t you rather try to make an apron?” Anyway the gold thread surprised me and even if it broke couple of times, it worked out really well on the organza hemming.

I purchased amazing lights on amazon. They last 6 hours and they have very little battery, so there is no problem to hide them.


At first I put together the red skirt with a little train – the bottom part has 4 meters – so lots of beauty but also lots of weight. That meant I have to reinforce it with tick fabric under to create nice shape of the dress.

The next came a layer of light gold organza, I applied the zipper and the belt and the fun could begin. Hundreds of gold spiky flowers, my boyfriend bought for me in Mexico (my favourite gifts from travels are materials). I attached the one by one with the little beads in the middle. They look stunning.

I used the rest of the organza to create very baroque train and attached it only with 2 snaps – which mean you can easily remove it. To finish everything off – I installed the light and let one set for the hair of the model.

For the top I decided to go very simple – I created a gold tube top and decorated it with the red flowers. It worked out perfect!

My amazing friend Veronika agreed to be my model so once the costume was done, there was only one thing for both of us to do – shake up the ski bum looks and get 100% gorgeous. Well it wasn’t so easy because Veronika’s employer send her and the all team on that morning to Pitch in and clean up the ditch by the highway. Every beauty has some tips ant tricks before the big event – Veronika is picking up garbage and it seems it works for her very well – she couldn’t be more lovely. The Loft salon get very exited about putting the lights in the hair and created something amazing. Chloe from Shoppers did her magic with the make up and princess has been born! And where else to put princess than to the Chateau – Fairmont.

The Excellence Awards has been amazing – congratulations all the winners. People loved the dress, they all took pictures with Veronika and I could take one big goal of my bucket list – create a costume and light up a room with 450 people!

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