This is a dress I had purchased from a store called Cue. When I saw it I knew it would make the perfect base for a races dress.
Whilst shopping at spotlight I came across some green scale like sequins which inspired me to start beading that day. I beaded the front panel of the dress with over 1000 sequins all hand sewn on individually. I spent 100 hours beading the front panel alone.
I later found some black fringed fabric to add to the sleeves to give it an interesting texture and some black mesh was added to the black panels for contrast.
I first wore this dress in January 2013 at the Queensland State Finals held at the Gold Coast Turf Club. I was the first runner up.
I still really liked the look of the dress so in the later months decided to change it up. I wanted to add the additional colours of turquoise and orange so I could wear it for the Spring Racing Carnival in November which is all about colour!
I found some blue lace and orange mesh that I cut into shapes and sewed onto the side hip panels. I spent an additional 30 hours beading the lace and mesh and continued the beading up the bust panels and on the back.
I used the same necklace as I did in the Queensland State finals along with two additional necklaces to give it a colorful collar. I had to paint the orange necklace to get an exact colour match and sewed them in place to make them sit where I wanted.
At the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne in 2013 I was lucky enough to be selected as a top 10 Finalist and was overwhelmed by the feedback I received about my embellishments.
To this day this is still one of my all time favourite dresses!