I have always loved my hot pink prom dress. Maybe because it's my favorite color (well, I love yellow a lot too). Maybe because I bought it with my own money ($72 was a lot for me back then). Whatever the reason, I've kept it for 13 years.
A few weeks ago, my physical therapist told me about "The Moth Ball." It's a charity event that benefits battered women in our area. For the party, you're supposed to wear an old wedding, prom or bridesmaid dress (hence the name, "Moth Ball"). I loved the idea and immediately raided my closet. My wedding dress still fit, but was huge. I didn't want to spend the night with people stepping all over my dress. My beloved prom dress was a Juniors' size 3 and I couldn't fit into it. I was really bummed because I wanted to wear my pink dress. Then, I got an idea. Maybe I could make a skirt from the bottom of the dress! I did and it only took 45 minutes! Here's how I did it:
1. Starting at the bottom of the zipper, I cut off the bottom half of the dress.
2. Using measuring tape and a fabric marker, I measured from the hem to the lowest cut part. I made a mark at that specific measurement around the entire skirt so it would be even. I cut using my marks as a guide.
3. I ironed a fold that measured one inch from the top. I folded the top of the skirt again (about 2.5 inches since my elastic was 2 inches wide) and ironed it. I added pins around this bigger fold.
4. I sewed along the bottom of the 2.5 inch fold, leaving a 4 inch gap where I could slip the elastic in. The fabric did get bunched as I went, seeing as the top of the dress was smaller than the bottom. I didn't worry too much since it would all be bunchy once I used the elastic.
5. I attached a safety pin at one end of the elastic and pushed it inside the "tube" I had just sewed at the top of the skirt. I pushed it until it was all the way around the skirt. I sewed the two elastic ends together, then sewed the 4 inch hole. Tah-dah! Finished!
To cover up the elastic waist, I wore a wide belt over it. I wish I had used a thinner elastic. That way, it would've been easier to hide! I originally wanted to wear the skirt with a white oxford shirt for a 50s look, but I had no time to shop before the ball. It turned out alright in the end. It was so great to wear my "prom dress" to the ball! They even played a song from my era that I remember dancing to at my prom in 2000 (er, graphic lyrics just to warn you). Ah, sweet memories.
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