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Oceanside senior attends prom in dress she designed

Jodi Raymond, 17, an Oceanside High School student,

Jodi Raymond, 17, an Oceanside High School student, designed and sewed the dress that she wore to the school's senior prom held at The Sands Atlantic Beach on Monday, June 27, 2016. Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein

Wearing a chic, orange-red dress that draped fittingly but comfortably from her neck to her feet, Jodi Raymond, a 2016 graduate of Oceanside High School, wowed the crowd at her senior prom with a dress all her own -- literally.

She purchased the fabric, cut the material and did the sewing, creating her own gown to wear to the Oceanside prom at the Sands Atlantic Beach Monday night.

“I really enjoy sewing,” Jodi admits.

No one in the room was surprised, since she also made her dress for last year's prom -- an experience that was much more stressful than this year's. 

“The zippers fell off the night before…I was like ‘Aaaaagh!’" Raymond remembers. "I fixed it, but it was frustrating.”

She’ll be attending Nassau Community College in the fall, where she’ll take part in the fashion program with eyes on transferring to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan once she graduates.

“I’d like to become a technical designer one day," she says. "…I’d especially like to make wedding dresses.”

However, Raymond’s current focus is a rain coat she’s working on.

“I ordered the vinyl online, and I’m putting it together over the summer,” she said.

In other words, one could say she is shooting for a sew-sew summer.

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