On Friday night my university held the annual Junior-Senior Banquet, this year at the Showboat Branson Belle. It's an old-school paddle boat that goes across a lake in the area while we eat dinner and watch a variety show inside. We all dressed up in our loveliest dresses, grabbed a date and had a good time! It's our last banquet, so that was bittersweet. (Mostly because I just enjoy having a consistent reason to dress up every year!)
I wore a dress that I found in a flea market. It's from the 40s, and I had to do a bit of work on it to get it ready. Amazingly, the tulle at the bottom of the skirt was flawless, but it had been hanging on a wire hanger for too long without the hanger straps, and the mesh top was torn along the shoulders. I thought I would get to work on fixing it, though, because I actually needed to "petite-ize" it and bring the shoulders down anyway. I also needed to bring in the sides a bit at the top under the arms for a snug, non-gapey fit.
After getting the shoulders and sides sewn, I tried it on. While getting everything smoothed out, however, the mesh top tore right along one shoulder seam, much to my dismay. I couldn't fix it. There just wasn't any fabric left to work with. So, while hoping to retain the general look of the dress, I had to cut off all the mesh that had covered the shoulders above the lace bodice, and I used the border on the mesh top around the armholes as the new straps. While not as amazing as the mesh top, I do think it looks pretty good! I put on my tall gold shoes, a navy belt, found a coordinating tie for Jacob, and altogether we looked pretty snazzy, I dare say. It was a good night with our dear friends Chelsea, Evan, Adam, and Lauren!
Photos from Chelsea and Lauren; thanks, guys!