Amid the chaos this year we had the opportunity to go to an event with friends this weekend. One of the local radio stations holds an adult prom every year.
I didn't go to prom in highschool, and I didn't go to any formal dances in college. In fact, the only fancy events I ever go to are weddings. And while that's fun, I guess I always wished I had that experience, the prom experience.
So I pulled out all of my old bridesmaid dresses but nothing really seemed like the right feel for this time. Then I pulled out this dress that I had started making in college. I say 'started making' but I've probably worn it 4 or 5 times to weddings or other events, often with a shirt or shrug over the top.
It never really fit well because I really didn't know what I was doing. And apparently by the end I had added this ribbon tie and it was the only thing holding the dress up.
|yeah, that's not pretty.|
Here you can see how I chose to line the dress. It is the skirt off of my high school graduation dress. I actually like the concept I had come up with. It kept me from having to line the bodice of the dress and used a skirt I wouldn't otherwise use. but the hems on both the dress and the skirt/ lining were horrible and I had just hand-tacked them together.
I have distinct memories of catching the heels of various shoes in this piss-poor hem.
|really, me-from-the-past?! ew. must fix.|
So I took it all apart and restitched the whole thing.
|unpicked and restitched the waistband|
|serged and properly pressed seams|
I took in the darts that were already there and added a couple more as well as some pleats to the bustline. The neckline was faced with some purple ribbon left over from the wedding and I added an invisible zipper on the side.
I wanted to add a little more interest to the top so I added some black gause for a wide-belted empire waist look. I also used some leftover lace from a wrap I made for a friend's wedding several years ago to add some straps/ sleeves. These I stitched on by hand.
Stressed out as I've been, my first instinct when we were asked to go was to say no; with all of my angst of crowds and people it seemed a nutty idea. But my wonderful husband convinced me otherwise. So I told him that if we went he had to get me a corsage. Unfortunately the little girl at the store who took his order wrote down the wrong date, so we had to improvise at the last minute.
I think they turned out pretty nice!
Here we are ready to go out and have a good time
|omg I'm actually wearing makeup! lol|
We had a nice little dinner out beforehand (not something we do very often) and then headed downtown with our friends for the big event. Though my friend and I were wearing dresses we had made ourselves, many women were clearly wearing bridesmaid dresses from weddings they had been in. It's nice that there's somewhere once a year to get to wear that sort of thing again! Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I really enjoyed the people-watching and checking out everyone's dresses.
Hope you're having a great spring!