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Topic: Guess what. I made a (vintage) prom dress!  (Read 23362 times)
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« on: June 02, 2008 06:07:36 PM »

So.... I made a prom dress.  Me and my boy decided to go totally 1950's. So i ordered a couple of vintage patterns I liked off of ebay, bought some discount fabric and jumped in. 

Here's the kicker.  I've never used a pattern before, I've only used a sewing machine on a few tee-shirts before, and I had no help.  Oh, and I did the whole thing in a week, ALONG with making my boy's cummerbund and bow tie. I bought the shoes and petticoat and gloves at thrift stores... all in all I spent under $100 on the whole dress. 

Oh yea... and I am NEVER working with vintage patterns again.  I had a REALLY REALLY hard time with the sizing and everything.  I am not exactly tiny, and yea. That was DIFFICULT. 

The skirt is a full circle skirt, and the bodice was resized and then altered a little to show off the tattoo on my back. 

Can you tell I'm kinda proud of myself?

So... Pictures. 

Here's the dress.  (forgive the bra strap!)

Here you can see the color of the fabrics, and my amazing hair, with my best friend.

Here you can see the whole dress, and my handsome boy. 

The bowtie and cummerbund. (and boy)

My frigging amazing corsage (it had lilies in it, and there were rhinestones inside the lilies!)

My favorite pictures from the night!

PS.  prom was at the Saint Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, not on a boat, just a balcony!

Anyway... Whaddya you guys think! I honestly didn't think I was going to finish! It was a complete miracle.  I did the zipper about four times, and it still wasn't great.  I ended up having to pin my cummerbund on, but I think it looked pretty good!!!

I'm just raring to go on my next project!
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008 06:11:54 PM »

This is so awesome!  You really did an amazing job on this.  You and your boy look adorable together, too!  It looks like you had an amazing night.

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 06:13:23 PM »


that's fantastic for your first attempt!!!

the colour is really fantastic and i love the petticoat sticking out from under the skirt. did you make the petticoat as well?

you should be proud you have done so well for a novice!

oh and i love the hair too - very cute!
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 06:17:30 PM »

Amazing! You and your boy look so cute dressed up, and you have the face for the whole 1950s look. I love how your prom was on a boat! *in envious*

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 06:27:05 PM »

Your dress is adorable! Great job.

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008 06:30:40 PM »

Thanks guys! I'm glad you like it. 


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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008 06:42:51 PM »

Aww how cute are you! I love this dress, its so completely adorable!!!! Thanks for the heads up on vintage patterns, I was thinking of doing this amazing cocktail-sort of pattern I found but yeah I was worried about the sizing too. Having hips doesn't work with vintage most of the time, haha. Again, this is amazing  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2008 06:54:41 PM »

GREAT JOB! I don't know if you watch Project Runway, but this past season had a prom dress challenge.  The winner, Christian, made a dress that reminds me of yours!  It was in a bronze metallic with black tulle and lace...His was a lot more flouffy-flouffy though.  Again, great job! You look adorable.... Smiley

Here's a link to that episode....you'll have to click around to find the dress, but you'll know it when you see it!


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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008 07:06:07 PM »

beautiful dress! you look gorgeous in it.. and the colors are perfect!


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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2008 07:18:45 PM »

Lovely!!  Very flattering style and I love the fabric!

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