I just recently learned what a "golden birthday" is, and promptly went into creative mode when I learned that my daughter was hoping I could make her a dress for her golden birthday. She had told me she wanted a gold dress, and sent me some pictures of dresses that were loaded with all sorts of "bling".
Now that I knew what she was looking for, she went to work purchasing all sorts of jewels, chains, etc., and I went to work looking for some flashy gold fabrics....sequins, laces, etc.
I found this super cool fabric which was a heavily embroidered nude mesh fabric with what I referred to as "fish scale" sequins. I also found some gold lace thread appliques that I felt would make some nice accents. While my daughter found some beading, and gold rhinestone chains for some added embellishments. I chose to add a side zipper knowing that the two non-stretch fabrics were going to make it difficult to get into. I layered the fish scale fabric on top of the spandex, only catching it in the zipper. Then I began adding on the appliques....cutting them and pinning them to appear as if they were part of the original fabric.