Make an Alternative Prom Dress


You may remember back on episode four of the second series of the Great British Sewing Bee the contestants got to make their very own version of a prom dress. Lynda took the title of Garment of the Week for her stunning but simple strapless corseted number and there was a good mix of styles and fabrics all round. Given that the first of the spring bank holidays is under our belt and summer shouldn’t be too far around the corner, we figure now is a great time to think about making alternative prom dresses for the wedding season and for any balls you might be lucky enough to get invited to.

We’ve got a lovely selection of some vintage patterns (£5.00 each), and of course some amazing fabric to go with it, so if you are tempted to create your very own retro inspired alternative prom dress, take a look at these little beauties and see what stunning creation you can come up with.

First up, these three lovelies from the fifties (see above) are perfect for anyone wanting to channel Betty from Mad Men series 1: full skirts, strapless bodices, or sailor collar style necklines will make for some very glamorous dresses indeed. Just beware that the Vogue pattern more than likely contains a million or so pattern pieces – one for experienced sewers only!


Flirty sixties fashions give you the option of maxi dresses for full length coverage or for those more inclined to flash a bit (or a whole lot) of leg, you can opt for the mini. Which do you prefer, Elizabeth Taylor or Jackie O? If only the hairdo came with the pattern … Finally, the patterns from the seventies invite you to go backless or show off some cleavage with a plunging neckline; and for a seriously alternative alternative, throw out the whole concept of the prom dress and make yourself a prom playsuit with this full on funky flared number. Imagine that in super slinky satin – miaow!


To help you out with fabric choices, we’ve got plenty in store as always, but here are a couple of suggestions: yellows and blues are spot on for a spring palette, or you could go for something a little more retro inspired with this pink and purple floral circular pattern, or why not emulate the fashions of city chic with this illustrated multi print. And for those in search of the genuine article,  this piece of navy blue and red vintage fabric would be just the thing for recreating something your gran could have worn to a tea dance – it’s a serious one off though, as we’ve only got five metres of it, for £35.00 altogether.


And if you are still feeling bereft without your weekly dose of dashing Patrick and his cutting commentary, Claudia and her helpful hints on giant bows, and May who does actually seem to know what she’s talking about, why not take a look at some of our new classes coming up soon and we’ll see if we can recreate that Sewing Bee atmosphere, right here in the shop.




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