The Cinderella Dress that stayed home

I loved this on the cover of the Simplicity Project Runway pattern, so I made it to wear to the Gold and Green ball in Gainesville Saturday. But once it was made and zipped up on my body, I lost my nerve. The dress stayed home in the closet, looking less flashy in the shadows. In the interest of cheapness, the material for this dress only cost about $30. I bought quite a bit more than I used, because the Project Runway patterns tell you to buy fabric for the feature you want. For instance, this pattern included besides the one here, a sleeveless version, one with 3/4 length sleeves, a stand-up collar, a cape collar, and one without the sash.  I estimated 6 3/8 yards for this, but I have more than a yard left over.

the gown in question

It was fun to make, not that tough. But the material is very unforgiving. Snags here and there. A little bunched up seam just past the zipper, possibly evoking Bertha Butt of the Butt sisters memories while out on the dance floor cutting a rug in a poufy, very poufy skirt. The beautiful tie in the front keeps coming untied due to its slippery nature.  I am uncomfortable in clothes that you have to constantly readjust. So Cinderella stayed home and I went to the ball wearing the usual black.

I did have a remnant project from all this, however.

Remnant corsage

I looked for some floral tape to make a corsage, and couldn’t find any, so I grabbed a strip of the slippery, glittery polyester, wrapped it around the camellia stems, and secured it with double sided tape, then tied a bow around it.

These camellias are so gorgeous, I felt inspired to wear them and not let my dear get me a store-bought corsage.

We met some friends at the ball who had gotten married on our first anniversary, so this was their first Gold and Green ball together, and our second. Marvelous to think of how much more at ease we were a year later! Dances used to get me all stressed out; now that I can walk in with a full dance card, with a partner I love to be with who always tells me how beautiful I am, it’s a snap. We went out afterwards and had a late and very romantic dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. It was a wonderful evening!

Camellias accomplishing their purpose in life

They didn't freeze

I was afraid they would freeze, because the weather said it was going down below 32 degrees, but I went out Sunday morning, and they were still blooming like madness in the brisk air! So breathtakingly beautiful!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caitlyn
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 15:33:19

    You are so clever. I love all your ideas and there are so many of them!


  2. dollardressfriday
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 23:54:02

    I love this dress! I tend to wear some kind of “out there” stuff, but I wasn’t born with the confidence to wearbold outfits. You just have to know that you are wearing something beautiful and original and strut your stuff.


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