Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Putting the pressure on

I'm going to a ball on Saturday. I've known about it for some time, but somehow overlooked the fact that I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR. Since I'm being all frugal at the moment, I really don't want to go out and spend hundreds on something that will most likely hang in the wardrobe until it goes out of fashion. So, being a total procrastinator, I decided on Sunday that I'd make something.

Good plan. I spent all day Sunday playing giant Lego with my new IKEA purchases, I'm working all week, I have a client program to write, and I'm going to make a BALL GOWN???

It's not as insane as it sounds. Some years back, I made a gorgeous two-piece outfit, and the style was classic. I rummaged around in suitcases and finally found it. The top is a pale gold brocade, and the skirt cream delustred satin. I actually wore it to this same corporate ball, about ten years ago. I know it's been a long time, but I don't want to turn up in the same thing, and I really think the cream looks a bit bridal anyway.

I tried on the top and it fits, so I only need to make a new skirt to go with it. Pfft. Easy. I grabbed three metres of teal satin, a zip and matching thread from Spotlight on my way home from IKEA on Sunday ...and that's as far as it's got. Luckily I already have gold shoes, handbag and a gold satin wrap, so no panic shopping is necessary.

I do set myself some ridiculous goals sometimes. Stay tuned to find out if Cinderella ends up going to the ball in a brocade top and jeans....

P.S. The original dress cost me $9. The fabric was leftover from a wedding and bridesmaids' dresses my Mum had made, so all I had to buy was a zip and a button. Oh - and the pattern, forget what that cost now. This one's cost me about $35. Still not bad.


Kerry W said...

Hmmm...can't wait to see the final product, and you in it, Kek! I wish I was talented in the sewing department, but I don't have the patience. And BTW...what a bargain!

Raechelle said...

I'm with Kerry...can't wait to see the pic of you in it!
I can't imagine taking a year to sew a ball gown, let alone a week...the only thing I ever sewed was some window treatments and pillow covers. I don't even own a sewing machine anymore.
Kudos to you...and in a week...I'm in awe... ;-0

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