Middle School Dance

Emmie had a middle school dance to go to tonight, and it was semi formal in its dress code, so I got lucky and got to make her a new dress! (the pictures were taken at night in our apartment building lobby, so they aren’t great)

I had waited a really long time to get the chance to make a dress for a school dance. Since she was born, I was already thinking about what I could design for her when the time came. And now here we are. Emmie was telling me all about the dance and what they had organized, and it sounded so exciting if you ask me. I’m pretty sure that I heard somewhere that the school had set up some fundraising ideas to help raise money for decorations and food. It’s a good way to do it, and I may even suggest some ideas from the likes of this GoFundMe list, (https://www.gofundme.com/c/fundraising-ideas/schools) if they need to raise money for other things too. I just want to make sure that my Emmie has the most perfect school dance, so any suggestions and any help would surely make that happen. She deserves to have the perfect night, in the most beautiful dress.

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Emmie was really excited about this fabric, (we got it in Thailand) it is a polyester acid taffeta with a gold foil motif printed on top.

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The pattern is my own, and I think this was the first time Emmie has ever been worried about wanting to know what the finished dress was going to look like. It needed to be fancy, but also age appropriate for a 12 year old girl.

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She kept asking me to make a drawing so she could tell what it was going to be (she didn’t want it too formal, since the dance was only semi formal, but then it still had to be fancy…..)

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I put an open back on the dress, which I think made it fancy enough, without being too fancy, if you know what I mean 🙂 We decided to make it tea length too, because that was less formal than a long dress.

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The top back is tied shut with a bow made out of a gold crinkle fabric, which matches the bow on the front.

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And the bottom of the hole in the back has a hidden zip holding it shut. (There are also pockets on the sides, but I didn’t get a picture with her hands in them!)

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The thing that Emmie was the most excited about were her high heel shoes, (not actually sure why I sew her things when I could just buy her shoes!) We found them on clearance, and she NEEDED to have them, I love how she always gives the impression of a little girl playing dress up, I never look at her and think “look how grownup she is” she always seems so little girl to me 🙂

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She is still always twirling 🙂

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The necklace she is wearing is one that Sarah and I made while Sarah was here in Korea visiting me last year.

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Her face is making me laugh so hard here, she is wearing contacts, which she hates (I don’t know why she asks to wear them, and I have to pin her against the wall to get them into her eyes 🙂 ) but her eyes water a lot when she wears them, so she has these forced drippy eyed smiles when she is trying to smile for me!

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She was really excited about her hair, we put it up in foam rollers, and then gave her a fancy updo. (It had to be up don’t you know, to show off the back.)

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Which I think it did very nicely! 🙂

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She was so excited about the dance, she bought herself fancy press on nails, we will see how long they last, since I had to put her tights on for her since she couldn’t figure out how to work her fingers with them!

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Anyway, I love how her dress turned out, and I love how she is so excited to wear handmade.

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Do any of your tweens go to school dances yet? It’s odd having a 12 year old to dress up I must say, since I don’t remember going to dances before I was 14.

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