You know, this prom thing is working out a lot more inexpensive than I first anticipated. I mean, I would have spent a fair amount but its way less than I had planned. One woman in the post office today said that her co-workers daughters dress cost £300. REALLY? For one night? Good grief. Maybe she needs to take up crafting and realise that thrifting and hunting down a bargain is a real lip-smacking challenge.
So? The Dress? Well, here she is - in all her soft frilly tulled layered-ness. This dress would be knee high on a mainstream 16 year old but on Ellie, its just above the ankle. Its bodice shape need tapering and Ive got to add straps.
Ive ordered an underskirt for a tenner (cheaper than making one) and that will help flute it out a little. It needs to be lightweight other wise she wont be able to move. She is so slight that even on a slightly windy day, she loses her balance.
Oh Ellie's just loves this dress and absolutely everyone I have shared the image with thinks its a beauty. In fact, one of my Facebook friends has asked to borrow it for her daughter in December!
Ellie will have to wear a shrug because her arms are excruciatingly thin. As the pink in the dress in ballerina pink, we are thinking a ballerina cross over cardigan will be cool but I'm going to get my mum to crochet a delicate picot edge and I'll painstakingly sew little clear beads to make it a little schmancy. I thinking of finding an unusual broach on Etsy or making one myself with gems, feathers and pearls. Ellie can't visualise this so we have not established that!
For the feet? Well, this will make you romantics baulk! Ellies feet are severely deformed and flat slip-ons are no-no - let alone sky scraping heels. So I just said to Ellie "why not wear some cool converse boots?". Initially we were going to plum for black then grey but no! We found SILVER!!! Im also going to gem them up too.
Ellie has specifically requested NO TIARA. Well, that's cool because a princess doesn't need no crown...she just needs sparkles. She chose some hair gems that you twist into your hair instead. Ive got to make a huge (and I mean HUGE corsage for her "up-do). I'm thinking of doing that in Ballerina pink....at this precise moment, Ellie doesn't really care what colour. She was tinkering with this hairstyle (gotta love Pinterest) but now she is thinking of piling all her hair on top of her head with barrel curls and loose tendrils.
Make-up? Ellie never wears it except for the odd (and I mean ODD) occasion and even that's just a swoosh of gloss on her lips. She just wants a swipe of gloss, pink blusher and silver mica eyeshadow. Simple and fresh, I think
Im making her a necklace in ballerina pink, steel grey and cream pearls on a string - that's all she wants and so she will get it! And then she wants the arm warmers to extend from her cardigan. I fitted her with her arm warmer I made last night....................
But it swamps her arm (ahem, its snug on mine...I get to keep them!). So we are on the look out for slightly lighter grey socks in a children's size so that we can get these babies made and wrapped in tissue for nearer the occasion.
And I think that will be the look complete except for a little wrist purse that I'm going to make in grey for her money and lip gloss. I will prob embellish it to match her broach ensemble.
Now that these things are mostly visual in her head, she can get excited. She keeps coming to our bedroom to admire the dress. The tough bit at the moment is that she is a bit worried that nobody has asked her to go with them/sit with them. I'm sure nearer the time she will be seated with someone she knows plus I don't think Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) will be able to make it but could you imagine that? I'd fight her for him ...or maybe not, cos I prefer Jacob.
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