So I was given this dress by the executive director of a local pageant and the specific request was...."PLEASE can you do anything with THIS?!?!?!"
|Poodle Perm WOO HOO!|
|Oh the power of lame|
This dress brought back so many awesome memories of watching my mother prepare for dates, getting ready for dances and events myself, and all the glory that was cocaine fueled 80's fun! That poodle perm looks like my yearbook pictures. *shiver*
I spent so much time drawing different ideas and keeping in mind that I really don't want to buy any fabric to add to this gown. I just want to use the dress to make a new dress. It was really long, so the skirt had a lot of yardage in it, so I just needed to come up with something.
One day I stop trying to figure something out and just start tearing the dress apart. Let me be honest here there is something so invigorating about tearing fabric along the seams. Very Hollywood Hogan type thing. Oh wait I should probably say Hulk Hogan since the dress is from the 80's.
So after dwelling with scraps of fabric and putting them on the dress form in a variety of ways it occurs to me. The collar is actually pretty amazing, and if it wasn't trying to be an elizabethan ruff it could be truly gorgeous. Plus it needs to be fitted, because we love fitted gowns, maybe some sort of kick ruffle at the bottom to go with the collar.
After about a week of really messing with this gown we finally come to the final results. Well not totally final I have to do some hand stitching to make that collar lay down and look a little less 80's.
I have to say I am really happy with the result, and while this will not be a evening wear dress it would be great for a talent gown. You can get to be a little more costume-ish in a talent dress.
Now after this assault to the fabric I doubt this dress will be anything more in it's next life, well maybe cocktail dress, it could be chopped off. Oh well keep that in mind for the next time around.