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The $1 Dress

The 1 Dress The Prudent Homemaker

Winter just attended her first formal dance, a Winter Ball put on by the local LDS Seminary, which she attends. They have 375 students who attend a religion class early every morning an hour before school starts. 

Because of our dating standards, only those who are 16 and older could bring dates to the dance. Everyone was welcome to bring friends to the dance.  Winter invited a cousin to come with her, which worked out well as Winter's closest friends are 16 and had dates.

Our plan was to scout thrift stores for a dress, but then a dress came along. Winter told my mom about the dance and my mom mentioned a dress she had bought at a garage sale for $1 several years ago. She had never worn it and she said Winter could have it if she was interested.

Dollar Dress The Prudent Homemaker

Winter really liked the dress, but it was several sizes too large. She removed the sleeves, took it up in the shoulders, and took in the sides. 

The sleeves were unlined. I spent $1.50 for some fabric to line them. She cut the sleeves smaller and sewed them back on.

Adjusting the shoulder seams meant the back was a bit too high. She cut the neckline down in back, and then removed the zipper and put in back in a bit lower for the new neckline.

 Dollar Dress Detail The Prudent Homemaker

Her accessories were simple.  She took a warm scarf that I bought at a garage sale last year for $1, wore a pair of earrings that were a birthday gift from her grandmother a year ago and a necklace that I had given her for that same birthday (I paid $1 for the necklace at a garage sale).

Dollar Dress Necklace Detail The Prudent Homemaker

She had a pair of vintage gloves that were given to her when she was a child. One of the buttons was broken and the buttons were white plastic that looked to have once been pearl covered. She removed them and replaced them with some pearlized shank buttons from my button jar. 

Dollar Dress Gloves Detail The Prudent Homemaker

She decorated a hair comb with a piece of a broken cubic zirconia bracelet that she received at a Church activity a couple of years ago and part of a broken plastic pearl necklace. I gave her a set of plain hair combs for Christmas, and she used one of them as the base. She glued the jewels on with some E-6000 glue.

Dollar Dress Hair Comb The Prudent Homemaker


Dollar Dress shoes The Prudent Homemaker

Her shoes were a recent gift. Her friend's mom had bought a pair of pearlized pale pink shoes for her daughter online. The shoes and the box were both marked "Child size 7"--but the shoes were too large for her daughter. I wondered if they were possibly an adult-sized 7, and I tried them on, but they were still too big. I asked Winter, who wears a women's size 10, if she wanted to try them on. They fit her perfectly!

Dollar Dress Black and White The Prudent Homemaker

She did her own hair and makeup. She and a few friends got together ahead of time and Winter did hair for a couple of the girls and another girl's makeup.

Several friends had dinner ahead of the dance at a friend's house near the dance, and then they all went together to the dance.

Dollar Dress 2 The Prudent Homemaker

 She'll have other occasions to wear this dress again, so it will get plenty of use in the future, too!

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Linking to: Moonlight and Mason Jars

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  • Fiona Chain January 10, 2017

    So very beautiful and elegant, so lovely to see a young lady in a beautiful gown. You both should be very proud of such a lovely young lady for a daughter. So refreshing.

  • Paige January 10, 2017

    Beautiful work, Winter! I'm so impressed at everyone's resroucefulness. She looks elegant, timeless, and so classy. No trends to regret later! ;-)

  • Pam January 10, 2017

    Just stunning, truly stunning from the beauty of your daughter to the way the entire outfit story unfolds
    I loved every detail

  • splendidcakes January 10, 2017

    Wow wow wow!

  • KellyK January 10, 2017

    Winter did an amazing job! She looks stunning! I love how she styled her hair! VERY talented!

  • Ruth January 10, 2017

    What a stunning post - I love everything about it! Your beautiful daughter looks lovely and happy. Her obvious enjoyment and pride in the outcome is so sweet, especially in these times when so many people spend so much on an occasion like this. The photos are gorgeous. Winter's sewing skills are amazing - the photo of the back of the dress especially shows how well-done the alterations are. If you had not said the sleeves and zipper had been re-done, no one would ever know. What a treasure these skills will be to her throughout her life. Thank you for sharing and best wishes to your family!

  • Melinda January 10, 2017

    Winter looks beautiful! Great job done by all. She will have the sweet memory of her mother and grandmother helping her for this day.

  • Myra January 10, 2017

    Well done! We have a formal banquet every five years or so for New Year's Eve. This year's will be formal and I will be so excited to share this with the girls of my church. They have often spent two and three hundred dollars on a formal gown that then must be altered to meet our modesty standards, so this post just proves that you can do it much more frugally! Winter looks wonderful and I am astounded at how well her alterations turned out! Thank you for sharing!

  • alittlebird January 10, 2017

    Beautiful! She did a lovely job on the dress. This young lady is growing up learning many talents. Great job Winter!

  • Leslie January 10, 2017

    Lovely! How proud you must be of your daughter. Not only does she look stunning, but she did a great job altering the dress.

  • Athanasia January 10, 2017

    Brandy and Winter, everything is beautiful and resourcefully done. You have much to be happy and content about.

    Dances and proms are something we did not attend due to our church rules. But our youth have plenty of opportunities to socialize, including a dress up banquet once a year.

    I thought the link you provided was very informative as regards the dating standards, modesty, etc.

  • Isabella January 11, 2017

    Winter looks adorable!

  • sue January 13, 2017

    WOW.. !!! i MEAN WOW !!!!!!! that is such a great thing that she can sooo and beautifully.. I would love to learn.. ah.. one day..
    sue in NJ

  • sue January 16, 2017

    Beautiful and beautifully done!!!

  • Siiri January 17, 2017

    The length of the dress is perfect which really shows something!

  • LeeAnn January 19, 2017

    I love to see young ladies dressed as young ladies.

  • Katie Haydock January 21, 2017

    Another sunning project - well done Winter xXx

  • Michelle January 27, 2017

    Stunningly beautiful! What a lovely lady!

  • Laurie January 29, 2017

    Really beautiful!

    Your daughter is very creative and takes very much after her Mother!

  • Angela February 01, 2017

    wow she looks great in that dress and all the accessories she is wearing...I'm astonished that it is possible to make something so wonderful from a old dress...and I want to try it to...I think it's great to now how to remake clothes!!!

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