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June 8, 2008

Post-Punk Princess?

Filed under: couture sewing,Georgene — georgene @ 2:10 am

on dress formHere are a few more views the midnight blue taffeta prom dress, Vogue 2889. For more construction details see my review at PatternReview.

A friend who spent a lot of time in London suggested some glam Doc Martens 14 eyelet boots instead of teetering on heels all evening. DD was enthusiastic about it, so these sequin trim boots are my graduation present to her.
Doc Martens boots

Since the event was in San Francisco, she needed a jacket of some sort. We found a shapely denim jacket and changed to rhinestone buttons.
denim jacket

It was all very fun, and worth the big effort to get this gown from idea to reality.



  1. Ach! I love both how well-fitting it is, and how cool it is. Wish I’d worn something less princessy to my school balls (asutralian for prom).

    And the more I look at it, the more I love the wrappy-bits on the hips.

    Comment by Clare — June 8, 2008 @ 3:44 am

  2. I love the dress! Great pose there in that last picture! I’m not a boots kinda person, at least not any boots that look like DH’s military boots, but your daughter pulls it off.

    Comment by Alexandra — June 8, 2008 @ 4:18 am

  3. Oh wow, Doc Martins and this gorgeous dress – what a combination! Great!

    Comment by KayB — June 8, 2008 @ 4:32 am

  4. She rocks that outfit! Hope she has a really great time. My daughter was a big fan of Doc Martins in her teens – my mum was horrified but I was just happy to have her in shoes that wouldnt eat her feet!

    Comment by Kim — June 8, 2008 @ 5:22 am

  5. The dress is beyond fabulous – everything is just right, color, fabric, style. The styling is fresh, young and unique! I love how she’s taken elements that some people would think are conflicting and made them work together. The denim jacket with new buttons is the perfect finishing touch!

    Comment by Summerset — June 8, 2008 @ 5:30 am

  6. This is the perfect punkish prom outfit. Everything was thought about down to the buttons and laces on the shoes. Completely perfect.

    Comment by loopylulu — June 8, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  7. How absolutely divine! Perfection down to the last rhinestone. Now that is the way to go to the prom and your daughter is gorgeous.

    Comment by dei — June 8, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  8. Oh, where did you get the flower on the shoulder of the dress?

    Comment by dei — June 8, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  9. She looked beautiful! This dress is on my daughter’s list for prom next school year.

    Comment by erica b. — June 8, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  10. wow what a great outfit!!! I am sure she will remember this prom down to the outfit itself. Great job

    Comment by Peacock Chic — June 8, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  11. Totally hot! She looks FAB!

    Comment by Arizona — June 8, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  12. The dress is a stunner as is your daughter. Love the contrast the boots provide. She carries it all off beautifully.

    Comment by Bunny — June 8, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  13. that’s great that you encourage your DD to have her own identity! She is quite stunning… I love her makeup and haircut. And the dress is great!

    Comment by subversivesewer — June 8, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  14. Dei, the flower is from Lacis in Berkeley. Ruinously expensive, but nothing else like it anywhere: huge navy blue black with eggplant overtones.

    Comment by georgene — June 9, 2008 @ 1:07 am

  15. just came this way via patternreview – i love the DMs with this dress – i also wore docs with my dress to prom, almost 14 years ago!

    Comment by meli88a — June 9, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  16. love the dress–do I detect a “Gunee Sax” 80’s thing going on here?
    love the boots–they really take the whole look up another level.
    kinda reminding me of my own dd’s navy prom dress, when you lifted her hem, Hush Puppies oxfords to match!
    (no blisters from those, plus it brought her height down enough to flatter her date)
    the big plus?–you just bought something ‘sensible’ she can ‘wear forever’.

    Comment by Jen O — June 9, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  17. Wow, she definetly made a statement! Very punk rock, very cool!


    Comment by Lory — June 10, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  18. i love avirl i love the song girlfriend

    Comment by madison — June 10, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  19. She looks fantastic! I love how she managed to incorporate her own personal style for a very different, yet appropriate, prom look. Very refreshing and the boots are great!

    Comment by Gigi — June 10, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

  20. She looks great and the dress is one of a kind! I like the boots and the jacket too! The look is perfect from head to toe!

    Comment by Tany — June 11, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

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  22. very nice dress but i would not wear it with those shoes

    Comment by tamara — September 23, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  23. I love the military boots with the dress. Very mmmm s…

    Comment by Military Boots — September 17, 2009 @ 11:06 am

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