Yellow Prom, Yellow Mom
Fabric:Yellow synthetic fabric, cotton print fabric,(both from stash)
Pattern: Simplicity Sew Simple 1987
Notions: thread, one button, elastic
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 7, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: Thrifted fabric: 3-4 dollars
For this challenge, I had fun looking back through my oldest photo album. I started taking pictures when I was around 12, first with a Brownie camera, and then with a Polaroid Swinger camera. I was so into photography, that my dad built me a darkroom. So not only did I learn to sew, I also learned a lot about photography. Within the pages of this vintage collection of photos, I chose a picture of one of my favorite dresses from my childhood, a fancy yellow prom dress. I remember how pleased I was with how it turned out, even though I am not smiling in the picture. I look pretty glum, actually.
My favorite color was and continues to be yellow– yellow sunshine, yellow flowers, yellow everything! It was easy to find my inspiration for my modern-day outfit using the color yellow. My youngest daughter suggested that we find a brick background to match with the brick background of the 1970 picture.
I used the Sew Simple Simplicity #1987. This pattern is very easy, with only a button closure at the neck, no darts or complicated pieces, and just elastic at the waist. I made a belt from the left over bodice fabric, because I didn’t have just the right color or style to compliment the dress colors.
We had a house full of company last weekend and this old album was great entertainment, along with gourmet meals prepared by daughters and friends. Between lively outdoor games, and resting couch potatoes playing Draw Something with each other on iphones, we had a great Easter. Then I had a week off and lots of sewing time. Some of which was spent on alterations on the garments that all the girls left for me to do and some spent trying to get a jump on upcoming challenges.