May 19th 2012- I had the best time at high school prom. What do girls look forward to the most for prom? THE DRESS! My mind was buzzing with all the dress ideas. One night, my family was watching Dancing With the Stars when I saw the dress I wanted to make. This season, Maria Menounos and Derek danced a foxtrot during Motown week. Maria wore a sparkly, sequin, long, flowy dress with white gloves. As she was spinning around, (watch the dance here) I fell in love! I jumped online and found a pattern on Etsy. It's Butterick 3768: strapless, long, corset back. PERFECT! I wore a light blue shirt underneath with my vintage elbow length gloves and a curly updo. In the end, I got exactly want I pictured along with SO many wonderful complements! I do LOVE this dress.
This was AFTER prom when I wore it the next day to church.
This is my Great Grandma Josephine Carroll Christensen. She was beautiful lady. Since her family was from Syria, we called her Sithoo which means grandmother in Lebanese. Her daughter (my grandma) gave me this amazing leather-like gloves that she wore in the early 1940s. Some of the stitching is coming out so I know she wore then quite a few times. Her hands were very tiny. I can't wear them because my hand is bigger, but I love looking at these and thinking of my sweet great grandmother, Sithoo.
Happy Easter! I LOVE this dress. It's a 1950s Butterick 5605 pattern with a full skirt, kimono sleeve, with a tied bow in the back. It's so cute and comfortable. For anyone making this dress, WATCH OUT FOR THE KIMONO GUSSET SLEEVES! It was difficult. I really had a lot of help from my grandma and anawesome tutorialthat goes step by step. The dress is beautiful and I wore my crocheted gloves. I will post pictures of me wearing it soon. I'm also making a petticoat to wear under it.
Vintage drawing of Disney Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast
My Belle Dress
Lots of altering when into this. My grandma really helped me work out the kinks. The drawing was just a drawing... there was no actual pattern. I had this dress pattern from Burda Style and then did a ruffle with lining fabric and a ruffle of pretty tulle. My love for Disney and vintage style collided to make this: