Hot! Yellow Prom, Yellow Mom


The Facts:

Fabric:Yellow synthetic fabric, cotton print fabric,(both from stash)
Pattern:  Simplicity Sew Simple 1987
Year: 2012
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.






Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Having just watched Stayin’ Alive with Rita Hayworth on YouTube, I was all primed for a prom dress.I think the layered early version so sweet and that sweetness is captured in the remake. the belt works well!

  2. Oh the yellow looks lovely on you! Great outfit!

  3. The styling of the shoot is wonderful! I love the brick background matching the original photo. And, did I understand correctly that you made the prom dress in the original photo? Your new outfit and the original inspiration are both really lovely!

  4. LOVE this!!! I would SO wear the dress, and I LOVE the sweater…. Can I please come shop in your closet?? :)

  5. Very cute! Your prom dress looks very similar to the bridesmaids’ dresses at my parents’ wedding in 1971. Your “now” dress seems much more wearable :)

  6. I’m a bit envious of your ability to wear yellow so well – it’s such a pretty, cheerful color. Great inspiration and your modern dress is very cute!

  7. I love a woman who loves yellow and sunshine….and you do shine in it. Love the suggestion from your daughter about the brick wall too…even if it hadn’t been in the original photo, it looks great behind you. And LOVE that belt!

  8. Sounds like you were a SewWeekly contributor in the making with the history of photos and sewing. Yellow is such a happy color and goes with such a warm personality of yourself. Happy Sewing.

  9. What a fantastic outfit! You are so lovely in yellow, and I love your prom dress!!

  10. I like your interpretation, but I love the original prom dress too!
    I have to tell you a story: I was at a thrift shop the other day, and I found a prom dress quite similar to this one, but with a pink underlayer. The hem was a bit torn and there was a suspicious stain down the front, so I imagined a raucous prom night 40 years ago. I hope your dress had as exciting an evening ;)

  11. How cool is it that your dad made you a dark room! I love the shade of yellow you’ve chosen…it reminds me of daisies.