Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prom dress reveal

Tomorrow night is Maggie's prom. She is beyond excited. Her personally designed new dress should come today.  This is the dress that Anne Marie Hanley made specially for Maggie so that it will work with the straps on her chair.

Anne Marie is 16 years old and this was an independent project for school. I asked her mom Clare if she received an A on the project, because she really deserved it. The project was pass/fail and she passed with flying colors. Flying colors of pink and purple and violet and black.

For those of you waiting for the great unveiling, wait no longer. These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago when the final fitting was done. I promised not to reveal it until Anne Marie turned it in for credit, which happened last Friday.

You should know this was designed and created by Anne Marie with no pattern or anything else. She drew it, let Maggie pick the fabric and then created it quite literally out of whole cloth. It is difficult to see how amazing this is because Anne Marie made it look so effortless. The straps on Maggie's chair come up through her legs but that's hidden by the design. Because it's a skirt, the straps can come through the waistband and secure her to the chair. The scarf is another amazing feature. It begins as a sash of sorts sewn to the camisole and then continues as a scarf to use for Maggie's trach.

It's ingenious. It's Thoughtful. And it's so very generous.

Keep your eyes and ears opened for Anne Marie Hanley. This girl is going places.


  1. That is so wonderful -- and beautiful. I think you should send it over to Louise Kinross at Bloom -- she posts things like this, and I'm sure she'd want to share it with her many readers in Canada and the U.S.

  2. Amanda St. DennisApril 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Beautiful dress I agree with Elizabeth and that you should send this to BLOOM.
    Maggie will be the belle of the ball in her unique and special dress


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