I’ve been compared to Molly Ringwald in the past. I’ll admit that I don’t see a resemblance, but I have a feeling that it has more to do with our shared hair color than any actual likeness. I’ve been told I look like almost every famous redhead, from Florence Welch to the Wendy’s girl.
Except Emma Stone or Karen Gillan. If you want to make my day, tell me how much I resemble them.
While I don’t care much to be compared to Molly Ringwald in looks, I do enjoy watching her movies. One of my favorites is Pretty in Pink. I thought Blaine was so dreamy, and really loved the premise where the nerdy redhead ends up with the most popular boy in school. That’s a story I can get behind.
One of the highlights of the movie is that she takes her mom’s old dress and creates her perfect prom dress. That inspired me to do the same with my dress for the ball. I asked you all to help me choose a look for my inspiration, and the winner was Black Swan. I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted, but it was impossible to find anything similar that wouldn’t cost my future children’s college education. The only solution would be to make it myself. The only problems with that scenario are that a) I can’t sew and b) I don’t have any talking/sewing mice
Luckily, I have a weapon in my arsenal that no household should be without – the hot glue gun.
The first step for me when embarking on a project like this is to get inspiration, and the best way to compile a bunch of really great photos and ideas? Pinterest, of course. I spent weeks adding pins of dress, mask, and hair and makeup ideas. When it came to actually putting all of that together, I waited until the last-minute and did most of the work Friday. I even packed my hot glue gun to take to the hotel for last-minute touch-ups, which proved to come in very handy.
My initial thought was to glue the feathers to a corset, but then decided to modify a dress I had in my closet instead. I had to do all the work while wearing it because the feathers would lay differently when the dress was flat. I started off by adding feathers to both sides that came up above the top of the dress. I wanted to add some height. After that, I was stuck; I didn’t know how to finish it off. I didn’t want to cover the entire bodice with feathers, but I wanted a way to bring the two sides together.
I tried it on with the skirt I bought to go over the dress. You can see that it looks a little disjointed, so I also had to find a way to connect those two pieces. The way it was, the feathers would stop just short of the skirt, and I wanted it to look like a dress rather than two pieces.
I made the decision to go with a more asymmetrical look and bring the feathers farther down one side, then wrap them up in an S-shape.
I solved the problem with the skirt by making a belt covered in feathers. I just glued a row of them across the front. The finishing touch was the bedazzled belt I threw on at the end.
Were you counting how many layers that was?
3. Feather belt
4. Rhinestone belt
Luckily, there were no chairs at this party because I don’t think I could have sat down in all that.
And here is the finished product:
The party was so much fun, but it always goes by too fast!
When I’ve been drinking, I like to end the night with selfies with my friends. There are other occurrences of this as evidence.
Did I mention that Adam Levine performed at my party??
Thanks for letting me share my party dress with you! I’ll post soon with some close ups of the mask I made, carried around all night, and hardly wore. That was time well spent.