I know I’ve been depriving everyone of outfit photos for too long. It’s been almost two weeks. I know. I’ve been so busy with launching my the Sweet Potato Seamstressing shop and preparing for other big business things. I haven’t even time to sew for myself, which is a shame because for my half-birthday my partner treated me to Indiesew’s summer collection. Last night I couldn’t sleep and I actually took it as an opportunity to cut out the Ella Top in the middle of the night. It was 2am. That’s how dismal my sewing-for-me schedule has been.
A few weeks ago, however, I had the opportunity to make an emergency prom dress for the daughter of an old coworker. It was quite a fun project, and though she needed it in a week I’m happy to report the style she chose made making this dress in a week a real possibility. She wanted a bodycon dress in a stretchy material, she had picture, and I thought, “What the heck, that would only take me a few hours to make.” I picked out this lovely black ponte knit with silver sparkles all over it and made her the dress. I liked the fabric so much I bought extra for myself. Of course I only factored the cost of her portion of the material into my total price, but I was left with all this beautiful fabric on hand. This meant that I got to make my very own prom dress! And it only took about 2 hours. 2 hours that I gave to myself.
For myself I designed a different version of a body con dress, with panels going up the sides of the body for my structure and curvature (the difference between a 16 year old’s body and a 28 year old body means that I needed more shape in order to not look like I was trying to be 16), and a yoke with a peek-a-boo slit above the bust, below the collar-bone. I also made mine longer as I don’t have a ton of dresses that hit below the knee and wanted to experiment with the retro feel of that length. I wanted something that I could dress up and dress down, wear a sweater over, but also go out dancing in. And I designed just that dress. I tried it out at a birthday party last weekend and boy was this dress the best thing I’ve every danced in!
The dress also had me taking a trip down memory lane in regards to my own prom. I can’t be the only person in the world whose prom experience was less then stellar. The actual prom itself wasn’t so bad. I went with a dear friend who at the time was very gay but very closeted and we made a good pair. There we were, two queer kids at prom going, “What are we doing here?” I wore a poofy red dress circa 2004 when the styles were long and like cream puffs with spaghetti straps. It’s shocking, but I didn’t make that dress. I think that at the time I was so used to making my own clothes I wanted the experience of buying my prom dress. My mom and I found it at Dillards. I remember the dress perfectly, but I’m happy to say my style has evolved since then. If I were going to go to prom now I’d probably settle for the dress I lovingly whipped up.
Going to the birthday party was kind of like going to prom, a prom full of my partner Amanda’s colleagues. There was food, dancing, drinking (I did not drink at my prom but I’m assuming there were some kids who were sneakier than I was!) and creepy guys.
Does anyone have any horrific prom stories to share?