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GOTH PROM DRESS: ALTERNATIVE, EDGY DIY GRADUATION PARTY DRESSES, GOTHIC PROM GOWNS.


Ah, prom… the defining event of a young person’s life. A night of rejoicing, of romance, to be cherished in our hearts, always.

In other words, stab me in the eye.

I don’t have a single memory of my high school prom – not because of excessive drinking, but because teenage La Carmina was the only one in her class who refused to attend. I dug out my grad yearbook to see what went down. Rows of smiling girls in strapless A-line gowns, pastel shawls dangling from their elbows. Identical up-dos with curled strands framing either side of the face, like two limp rotini noodles. Boy, I sure missed the boat!

Come to think of it, I did lose out in some respects by not going. I wasn’t able to gawk at the Miss America makeup firsthand. I never saw the boys bumpin’ and grindin’ to rap songs, or the girls quarrelling over who stuffed her bra. If I could turn back time, I’d say yes to the prom. But don’t expect Pretty in Pink. Brace yourself instead for Stephen King’s Carrie.

Prom dresses are traditionally long, sparkly affairs wrapped in layers of tulle. If you’re anything like me, your immediate reaction (besides gagging) is to break out the cyber-dreads and PVC miniskirt. But you can take subversiveness a step further by taking a generic gown – and gutting it beyond recognition.

So let’s go shopping for the Motherload! I’m talking pink foof, beadwork, giant bows, maximum glitter. I found several contenders at the shopping mall for $150-250. Vintage shops are full of bridesmaid disasters from the 1980s; nowhere else can you find such a high concentration of scalloped necklines and puffed sleeves. For $50-100, you can probably buy something similar to my monstrosity. A mostly-black dress is easier to work from, but since we’ll be ripping it apart, the color doesn’t matter much.

Before buckling down, I couldn’t resist the urge to play dress-up. (You know you want to.) Dig out your old bronzer and crimping iron, and take a “Before” photo in your prom dress. Don’t forget to cock your head and strain a grin.

Now gut the thing. Slash anything remotely cheery; in my case, the sequins and poofy pink skirt. I was left with a corseted top and three layers of white crinoline: not a bad skeleton to build upon. Here’s how the Goth-ification went down. Goodbye Princess Toadstool… hello Mistress of the Dark!

Ugly pink prom dress with corset, lace back. skull scarves, crossbones hearts emo patterns, long neck scarves and goth fabrics

CORSET
† Black silk: at least 1 yard (1 metre). You can also use black satin, lining, or a similar light, opaque fabric.
† White ribbon, 0.4 inch (1 cm) wide: at least 2 yards (2 metres). For decorating the corset with ribbon crosses.
† Two snap buttons: for the back of the corset.
† Needle, black and white thread, dressmaker pins

I. Drape the black fabric over the corset on the bias (along the diagonal grain, which will allow it to stretch). Using black thread, sew the fabric to the top of corset. Leave the back of the corset open.

II. Using black thread, sew the two snap buttons to the fabric at the back of the corset. This allows you to put on the dress and then close up the back.

III. Pin the white ribbon to the front of the corset, folding it over to form three “X”s. Using white thread, sew the ribbon in place.

SKIRT OF SCARVES

I can’t get enough of the just-rose-from-the-grave look, so I decided to drape long, sheer scarves over the crinoline. First stop, my favorite spot on Earth: Daiso, the Japanese 100-yen ($1) discount mart. I found mesh scarves that looked like fishnets, and silky black ones printed with white skulls and polka dots. You can find something similar at discount clothing stores or Chinatown markets. Look for black, translucent fabrics with white and red accents, and Goth prints such as skulls and bats.

I hung the mesh and long, thin pieces from the waistline, knotting some of the ends. I wrapped the skull shawl around to make an asymmetrical skirt. Between the tatters, you can peek at the crinoline underskirt.

I wanted the corset to have structured appearance for contrast, so I positioned a red/white/black skull scarf around the waist and along the sides. Finally, I twisted a scarf into an X-shaped shoulder strap. When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I sewed the pieces in place.

What do you think of my DIY transformation? Did you go to prom, and if so, what did you wear? Please pass along this blog post to anyone who might get a kick out of it! Tomorrow: I answer a Reader Question and announce the winners of the Basil Farrow blog contest…

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  1. Posted May 18, 2009 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I'm with you. The whole traditional prom thing wasn't my style either. Us Aussie kids here have balls (well that's what I got) but it was pretty fun. Girls didn't bicker about whose bra was stuffed, it was more like which girls should be stuffing their bras or at least try to wear one. And boys were less concerned with grinding and more concerned with not getting caught with their hip flasks. My wonderful private education taught me how to not get caught in said incidents. Totally worth it.

    My ball dress was lovely. I had mine made by a friend of the family which didn't set me back too much in comparison to what other girls paid for their dresses. It was steel grey silk with beautiful black lace over the top. I had long fitted lace sleeves to the wrist, heart shaped bodice with boning. The dresses over all shape was a fishtail to accentuate my figure.
    While most girls were blairingly bright and struggling with awkward straps and trails, I had a relatively comfortable dress that matched my personality.

  2. Posted May 18, 2009 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Hi, your blog is kind of a disgrace to the lolita fashion world.

    Thanks

  3. Posted May 18, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I’m with you. The whole traditional prom thing wasn’t my style either. Us Aussie kids here have balls (well that’s what I got) but it was pretty fun. Girls didn’t bicker about whose bra was stuffed, it was more like which girls should be stuffing their bras or at least try to wear one. And boys were less concerned with grinding and more concerned with not getting caught with their hip flasks. My wonderful private education taught me how to not get caught in said incidents. Totally worth it.

    My ball dress was lovely. I had mine made by a friend of the family which didn’t set me back too much in comparison to what other girls paid for their dresses. It was steel grey silk with beautiful black lace over the top. I had long fitted lace sleeves to the wrist, heart shaped bodice with boning. The dresses over all shape was a fishtail to accentuate my figure.
    While most girls were blairingly bright and struggling with awkward straps and trails, I had a relatively comfortable dress that matched my personality.

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      That sounds like a dress I’d wear – I love black lace over grey. This article is actually from something I did a while back, hence the snarkier tone (I’ve chilled out, I guess, hahaha).

      xoxo

  4. Posted May 18, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Hi, your blog is kind of a disgrace to the lolita fashion world.

    Thanks

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      You’re kidding, right? I really hope you’re kidding, because this is a wonderful blog. Lolita isn’t about rules and structure, like most Westerners seem to think. It’s about taking a template and using it to create your own look, one that matches your personality. La Carmia has done just that, and she provides ideas and methods to personalize one’s own Lolita look.

      Take a look at Japanese Lolita. You know, where the fashion actually started?? They don’t follow any stiff guidelines, they take the basics and do what they want. That’s what makes it fun, the amount of variety. Latching onto rules just makes it tedious.
      /rant

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, hunnybunny! <3 <3 <3

  5. Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    oh i love it ^^
    i;m planning on making my prom dress ^^

  6. Posted May 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    oh i love it ^^
    i;m planning on making my prom dress ^^

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      Nice! That’s the way to go – DIY!

  7. Posted May 18, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    You're kidding, right? I really hope you're kidding, because this is a wonderful blog. Lolita isn't about rules and structure, like most Westerners seem to think. It's about taking a template and using it to create your own look, one that matches your personality. La Carmia has done just that, and she provides ideas and methods to personalize one's own Lolita look.

    Take a look at Japanese Lolita. You know, where the fashion actually started?? They don't follow any stiff guidelines, they take the basics and do what they want. That's what makes it fun, the amount of variety. Latching onto rules just makes it tedious.
    /rant

  8. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    You're welcome, hunnybunny! <3 <3 <3

  9. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Nice! That's the way to go – DIY!

  10. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    That sounds like a dress I'd wear – I love black lace over grey. This article is actually from something I did a while back, hence the snarkier tone (I've chilled out, I guess, hahaha).

    xoxo

  11. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Ooooooooh how happy I am that my prom dress is PVC!!!

    Most of the girls in my school bought ugly dresses for about $600! They'll never ever ware them again.
    I, however, spent $100 (including shipping) to get a wicked awesome PVC goth club dress that I will wear over and over again.

    http://www.artificeclothing.com/em/shop/Scripts
    Thats it there : )
    I'm also having braided black hair, big clunky TUK heels, white stockings with vertical black stripes and really cool makeup!

    I can't wait!

  12. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I never went to my prom either because I was dedicated to the dramatic arts at the time and wanted to play the best Dorothy the Wizard of Oz had ever known, so getting drunk and staying up all night was not an option. However if I could go to one now I would love to steal your fabulously, out there gown ^^.

  13. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    wow, it looks amazing!
    yeah, i went to my prom night because my dad wanted me to follow the tradition… it wasn't bad, but my parents refused to buy a black dress… so i got a wine dress that has somehow a goth feeling…
    Here's a pic =P

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/AyrielDa

    yeah, i covered my face because i look awfully tired, it was already 1 am D:!

  14. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    There was no prom night at my school. At university, the official prom night was boring and expensive so a few girls decided to have our own and I wore a black chiffon dress.

  15. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    god I went to like 4 of em, mostly cuz folks wanted me to go with. but my senior prom I literally stayed at for less than an hour. I walked in, took a pic, stole a balloon and one of our glasses and went out to party lol. my dress was a black stretchy velvet tank mini. you can imagine the looks I got since my usual attire at the time was a pair of tight jeans (the kind you lay down to put on) and black tees with boots. :-P
    omg that was SO long ago

  16. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I love your DIY transformations. i want the pink dress so badly!
    i went to 2 proms :] my boyfriend an mine.
    at my school, i cannot dance, so its kinda like i went to one.
    i wore a very pretty princessy/ballerina dress. the colors on it were gold and cream with little decorations of light pink and gold. I also wore a crown to one and hair barrettes to another.

  17. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    WOW!!! That is WICKED!!!! Nicely done, my friend!

  18. Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, Goth Dorothy would be a fantastic prom outfit…

  19. Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, like something out of a vampire film… looks great!

  20. Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Very cute!

  21. Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, official school parties tend to be a bore – better to do your own thing!

  22. Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I went to prom on Saturday. It was extremely tacky, at least until one of my friends dressed up in her rented gorilla costume.

    I went more traditional, on my mother's orders, and wore a slinky knee length black dress with dark red lipstick and dark eye makeup. It was either that or wear the lolita dress I got while in Japan.

  23. Posted May 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    GORILLA costume = brilliant!! The photos must have been hilarious!

  24. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Ooooooooh how happy I am that my prom dress is PVC!!!

    Most of the girls in my school bought ugly dresses for about $600! They’ll never ever ware them again.
    I, however, spent $100 (including shipping) to get a wicked awesome PVC goth club dress that I will wear over and over again.

    http://www.artificeclothing.com/em/shop/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=119
    Thats it there : )
    I’m also having braided black hair, big clunky TUK heels, white stockings with vertical black stripes and really cool makeup!

    I can’t wait!

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      WOW!!! That is WICKED!!!! Nicely done, my friend!

  25. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I never went to my prom either because I was dedicated to the dramatic arts at the time and wanted to play the best Dorothy the Wizard of Oz had ever known, so getting drunk and staying up all night was not an option. However if I could go to one now I would love to steal your fabulously, out there gown ^^.

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Oooh, Goth Dorothy would be a fantastic prom outfit…

  26. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    wow, it looks amazing!
    yeah, i went to my prom night because my dad wanted me to follow the tradition… it wasn’t bad, but my parents refused to buy a black dress… so i got a wine dress that has somehow a goth feeling…
    Here’s a pic =P

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/AyrielDarkmoon/Graduacion/IMG_3136-1.jpg

    yeah, i covered my face because i look awfully tired, it was already 1 am D:!

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Oooh, like something out of a vampire film… looks great!

  27. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    There was no prom night at my school. At university, the official prom night was boring and expensive so a few girls decided to have our own and I wore a black chiffon dress.

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, official school parties tend to be a bore – better to do your own thing!

  28. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    god I went to like 4 of em, mostly cuz folks wanted me to go with. but my senior prom I literally stayed at for less than an hour. I walked in, took a pic, stole a balloon and one of our glasses and went out to party lol. my dress was a black stretchy velvet tank mini. you can imagine the looks I got since my usual attire at the time was a pair of tight jeans (the kind you lay down to put on) and black tees with boots. :-P
    omg that was SO long ago

  29. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I love your DIY transformations. i want the pink dress so badly!
    i went to 2 proms :] my boyfriend an mine.
    at my school, i cannot dance, so its kinda like i went to one.
    i wore a very pretty princessy/ballerina dress. the colors on it were gold and cream with little decorations of light pink and gold. I also wore a crown to one and hair barrettes to another.

  30. Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I went to prom on Saturday. It was extremely tacky, at least until one of my friends dressed up in her rented gorilla costume.

    I went more traditional, on my mother’s orders, and wore a slinky knee length black dress with dark red lipstick and dark eye makeup. It was either that or wear the lolita dress I got while in Japan.

    • Posted May 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      GORILLA costume = brilliant!! The photos must have been hilarious!

      • Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        We got our history teacher to waltz with her.

  31. Posted May 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    We got our history teacher to waltz with her.

  32. Posted May 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Junior prom was more “traditional”. Still my thing, though. I managed to find a dress for $17, while everyone else was wearing $100+ dresses. It was pretty cool, actually, a black halter top with an asymmetrical, tiered bottom. Kind of like Rodarte's 2008 dresses with that filmy, traily look? Looked good with fishnets and lots of jewelry!
    I had a short, layered haircut then, so a messy, slightly spiky hairstyle was in order. :)

    Senior prom was more fun, as I put more effort into it – my best friend made me this HUGE black, tiered ballgown skirt with loads of tulle beneath it for my birthday, so I bought a corset and wore them together. I then gave myself a rather dangerously long faux hawk (I like spiking my hair, what can I say…), and with some jewelry I had (I wear fancy jewelry on a daily basis, so no extra shopping necessary for this!) I was all set!

  33. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Junior prom was more “traditional”. Still my thing, though. I managed to find a dress for $17, while everyone else was wearing $100+ dresses. It was pretty cool, actually, a black halter top with an asymmetrical, tiered bottom. Kind of like Rodarte’s 2008 dresses with that filmy, traily look? Looked good with fishnets and lots of jewelry!
    I had a short, layered haircut then, so a messy, slightly spiky hairstyle was in order. :)

    Senior prom was more fun, as I put more effort into it – my best friend made me this HUGE black, tiered ballgown skirt with loads of tulle beneath it for my birthday, so I bought a corset and wore them together. I then gave myself a rather dangerously long faux hawk (I like spiking my hair, what can I say…), and with some jewelry I had (I wear fancy jewelry on a daily basis, so no extra shopping necessary for this!) I was all set!

  34. Posted May 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    ha, you should have seen my school prom, dreads, curly Mohawks, dresses made by girls themselves. a lot of people at one point just kicked off their shoes and danced to some techno barefoot. then again I wouldn't be surprised if a game of hacky sac commenced on the dance floor. I guess my school is filled with weirdo's?

  35. Posted May 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    LOL! Very nice dress. Well, I have my year ten prom coming up towards the end of the year, and I wasn't planning to go since my clothes aren't exactly *mainstream*, and I can't stand those stupid gowns that look the same and everyone looks like clones!

    But this is giving me some ideas…….

    hehehehehe

  36. Posted May 19, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    ha, you should have seen my school prom, dreads, curly Mohawks, dresses made by girls themselves. a lot of people at one point just kicked off their shoes and danced to some techno barefoot. then again I wouldn’t be surprised if a game of hacky sac commenced on the dance floor. I guess my school is filled with weirdo’s?

    • Posted May 25, 2009 at 2:41 am | Permalink

      I wish I went to that school… haha

  37. Posted May 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    i went to prom too. i actually got on my schools prom court (no idea how the HELL that happened). i was more happy that a bandie got on the prom court (since i was the only nerd on the court /high-five!) i just got a black and white dress with some sequin things on it. it wasnt bad but the stupid straps broke halfway through (around 10:30) and i had to spend the rest of the time holding my dress so my boobs didnt fall out! (it ended at 12).

    i wouldve LOVED to go to prom in that! hell…its sooo cute and just flatout amazing! i want it! and that crown too….XD

  38. Posted May 19, 2009 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    LOL! Very nice dress. Well, I have my year ten prom coming up towards the end of the year, and I wasn’t planning to go since my clothes aren’t exactly *mainstream*, and I can’t stand those stupid gowns that look the same and everyone looks like clones!

    But this is giving me some ideas…….

    hehehehehe

    • Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:13 am | Permalink

      Excellent! I’m sure you’ll come up with something original. :)

  39. Posted May 19, 2009 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    i went to prom too. i actually got on my schools prom court (no idea how the HELL that happened). i was more happy that a bandie got on the prom court (since i was the only nerd on the court /high-five!) i just got a black and white dress with some sequin things on it. it wasnt bad but the stupid straps broke halfway through (around 10:30) and i had to spend the rest of the time holding my dress so my boobs didnt fall out! (it ended at 12).

    i wouldve LOVED to go to prom in that! hell…its sooo cute and just flatout amazing! i want it! and that crown too….XD

    • Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:12 am | Permalink

      If I went to prom, I’d wear something like that too…. ah, in my next life!

  40. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    If I went to prom, I'd wear something like that too…. ah, in my next life!

  41. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Excellent! I'm sure you'll come up with something original. :)

  42. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    i'm going to prom next year -___- lol ahh these are great! thanks for ideas :D

  43. Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    My pleasure! I'm sure you'll have something rockin' for next year!

  44. Posted May 19, 2009 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I rocked up to my prom (we call it a 'formal' or 'ball' in Australia) in a black suit. I was going to make my own dress but ack! I changed my ideas so many times that I just gave up in the end. :)

  45. Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    i’m going to prom next year -___- lol ahh these are great! thanks for ideas :D

    • Posted May 19, 2009 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      My pleasure! I’m sure you’ll have something rockin’ for next year!

  46. Posted May 19, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I rocked up to my prom (we call it a ‘formal’ or ‘ball’ in Australia) in a black suit. I was going to make my own dress but ack! I changed my ideas so many times that I just gave up in the end. :)

  47. Posted May 20, 2009 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    I remembered wearing a yellowish prom dress to my junior prom, I took my PVC skirt with a goth top to change when i reached the ballroom. all the girls were wearing sparkly or extra short slutty cocktail dresses. or should i say, a piece of cloth. hmm, people stared at me with disgust. but, i enjoyed the awkward situation xD

  48. Posted May 20, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I remembered wearing a yellowish prom dress to my junior prom, I took my PVC skirt with a goth top to change when i reached the ballroom. all the girls were wearing sparkly or extra short slutty cocktail dresses. or should i say, a piece of cloth. hmm, people stared at me with disgust. but, i enjoyed the awkward situation xD

  49. Posted May 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I had actual fun at my prom and didn't go goth-y…although I did score my dress at Goodwill (it was a latte-colored David's Bridal in basically new condition :D) Mostly it was fun because no one I know cares about who wears what or anything – the only thing we cared about is enjoying the event itself.

    I dressed in the theme of Old Hollywood instead of going goth~
    I adore goth style but often don't wear it simply b/c I'm too lazy/cheap to revamp my entire wardrobe of Catholic-school approved wear and don't have the je-ne-sais-quois to be satisfied with how my “after” would look :/

    And as much as I like the idea of redoing a frilly dress, I would like to make a note that it would be even cooler if the dress was a repurposed one (ie thrift store, Goodwill)
    No reason going goth can't be green, too (okay, you can shoot me for the alliterative crime now).

    Also: DAISO FTW
    thank god there's a branch near me.

    So, yeah, enjoyed the post even if it was more notably acerbic than usual~

  50. Posted May 21, 2009 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I had actual fun at my prom and didn’t go goth-y…although I did score my dress at Goodwill (it was a latte-colored David’s Bridal in basically new condition :D) Mostly it was fun because no one I know cares about who wears what or anything – the only thing we cared about is enjoying the event itself.

    I dressed in the theme of Old Hollywood instead of going goth~
    I adore goth style but often don’t wear it simply b/c I’m too lazy/cheap to revamp my entire wardrobe of Catholic-school approved wear and don’t have the je-ne-sais-quois to be satisfied with how my “after” would look :/

    And as much as I like the idea of redoing a frilly dress, I would like to make a note that it would be even cooler if the dress was a repurposed one (ie thrift store, Goodwill)
    No reason going goth can’t be green, too (okay, you can shoot me for the alliterative crime now).

    Also: DAISO FTW
    thank god there’s a branch near me.

    So, yeah, enjoyed the post even if it was more notably acerbic than usual~

    • Posted May 21, 2009 at 2:59 am | Permalink

      I love Old Hollywood too, especially 1930s starlet fashion… Louise Brooks!

      Hahah yeah, I was writing in a more biting voice a while back… thought I’d post this anyway. :)

  51. Posted May 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I love Old Hollywood too, especially 1930s starlet fashion… Louise Brooks!

    Hahah yeah, I was writing in a more biting voice a while back… thought I'd post this anyway. :)

  52. Posted May 22, 2009 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I didn't go to my senior prom, but to Junior Prom I wore a bright green dress from H&M with a huge bow at the waist and a full skirt that came to my knees. It had a boned top covered in ruched emerald green dot tulle…and I got it on sale for about $30. Cute and edgy, but not too outlandish. I was able to wear it again, to my work Christmas party and to a friend's birthday party.

    The other day I was at the mall and caught sight of a group of girls in their prom dresses. One of them really stood out: asymmetrical haircut, streaked with flaming red, long dark vampire-ish gown…but her rolls of fat were bulging over the top and through the corset lacing at the back. She was a skinny girl, too! I was very embarrassed for her…she was dressed as though her dress was about two sizes too small. Just awful.

    As for your DIY outfit…it leaves something to be desired. It seems poorly constructed in areas…the white cross lacing on the bust is uneven and doesnt seem to fit in with the style of the rest of the dress (red might have been better if you insist on having the corset laces at all), the bodice itself is baggy and unflattering, and the overlyer of black skull-print is just plain awkwardly draped. I think the skirt looks great…minus that wierd swag of skullprint. The idea and image you intended I can understand…but that dress itself is a real monstrosity.

  53. Posted May 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t go to my senior prom, but to Junior Prom I wore a bright green dress from H&M with a huge bow at the waist and a full skirt that came to my knees. It had a boned top covered in ruched emerald green dot tulle…and I got it on sale for about $30. Cute and edgy, but not too outlandish. I was able to wear it again, to my work Christmas party and to a friend’s birthday party.

    The other day I was at the mall and caught sight of a group of girls in their prom dresses. One of them really stood out: asymmetrical haircut, streaked with flaming red, long dark vampire-ish gown…but her rolls of fat were bulging over the top and through the corset lacing at the back. She was a skinny girl, too! I was very embarrassed for her…she was dressed as though her dress was about two sizes too small. Just awful.

    As for your DIY outfit…it leaves something to be desired. It seems poorly constructed in areas…the white cross lacing on the bust is uneven and doesnt seem to fit in with the style of the rest of the dress (red might have been better if you insist on having the corset laces at all), the bodice itself is baggy and unflattering, and the overlyer of black skull-print is just plain awkwardly draped. I think the skirt looks great…minus that wierd swag of skullprint. The idea and image you intended I can understand…but that dress itself is a real monstrosity.

  54. Posted May 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Carmina, this is about the awesome-est thing you've done to a piece of clothing. Props.

    I, too, completely skipped my high school prom. I spent the night cosplaying and having fun with my friends at an Anime convention!! m/>o<m/

  55. Posted May 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like much more fun (and memorable) than any old prom!

  56. Posted May 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Carmina, this is about the awesome-est thing you’ve done to a piece of clothing. Props.

    I, too, completely skipped my high school prom. I spent the night cosplaying and having fun with my friends at an Anime convention!! m/>o<m/

    • Posted May 24, 2009 at 12:09 am | Permalink

      Sounds like much more fun (and memorable) than any old prom!

  57. Posted May 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I wish I went to that school… haha

  58. Posted May 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I love it! It's like saying, “I hate standard glamour pretty. How about the undead with some edge? Or a vampire that can look pretty and kick butt all at the same time?” When promtime comes up, I'll be ready to rock the house!!!

  59. Posted May 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I love it! It’s like saying, “I hate standard glamour pretty. How about the undead with some edge? Or a vampire that can look pretty and kick butt all at the same time?” When promtime comes up, I’ll be ready to rock the house!!!

  60. Posted May 28, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    XD !!

  61. Posted September 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  62. Posted September 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  63. Posted September 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  64. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  65. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  66. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  67. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  68. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  69. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Man, these are swell =D Although, our prom had plenty of grinding and junk… And at half an hour into it, everyone left to go get drunk–except my pals and I. There were 7 of us remaining and it was great! Sadly, it was only fantastic after all the others left haha

  70. Posted March 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Very cute and thanks for the FYI about how to do a corset back. You are a sweetie for posting your ideas for the world to see. Thanks hon. You’re going places girly.

    • Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

      Wow, thank you! <3

  71. Posted March 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Very cute and thanks for the FYI about how to do a corset back. You are a sweetie for posting your ideas for the world to see. Thanks hon. You're going places girly.

  72. Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Wow, thank you! <3

  73. Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    hi i love the pink dress im looking for a cheap corset dress and a corset for a present. but i need the website so that my mom canget it for me or i get it for myself. could u refer me to any. my email adress is trishlishes@yahoo.com thank you!

  74. Posted July 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    nice! ya know i cant believe you actually pointed that out in the beggining
    cause if you think about it all the girls thesame way like some clones or something
    in the same dress except different colors that really sucks and is whats boring about chicks
    not to mention im a girl myself ^^; anywho i love the dress its lovely and you have such a
    preety face ^_~

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