I live in Finland and we don't have proms here but we do have a dance in upper secondary school. You're kind of supposed to wear somewhat historical or old-fashioned clothes. You rehearse loads of old dances and then you "perform" them to the rest of the school and later to guests... I had this dance about 14 months ago.
So, as I've always liked the history of clothing in general and thought I'd like to try wearing something like that, I decided to make an 1850s ball gown. I did have a pattern but it was basically pretty different from what I wanted it to be, so it had to be altered. And as I wanted it to look like the ball gown I had seen in a book (an actual 1850s drawing), the material had to be velvet and as it is expensive, I bought the kind you're supposed to use in interior decorating
My mum and I made it together and it was finished just in time... I'm not completely pleased with how it turned out but it was okay (there were worse
So this is me dancing (a lousy photo, I know):
Yes, I danced with a girl but so did a lot of people... There weren't enough guys and the whole thing is about dancing.
I'm graduating this year, at the beginning of June, and I decided to make my dress myself (and my hair and make-up, even though I'm a little anxious about the hair as I have to fit a hat in my head on top of everything). I've already bought a pattern and the fabric and this time I'm going to finish earlier as I have a lot of things to do...
Here's a photo of the materials I've managed to gather up so far:
And this is what the hat will look like:
Here's a link to the pattern:http://www.burdamode.com/8046_Dress,1000003-1275114-1172169-1172177-1314213,enEN.html
I'm pretty sure I'm going to make the bolero too as it can get chilly... I suppose making a practise dress from cotton wouldn't be a bad idea