Prom Recomendations

by Inkdork on July 21, 2013 · 4 comments

in 1940s,1950s,1980s,Dresses

Hi all! I’m not sharing today but rather asking for your help! I have been invited to a prom-themed birthday party for a friend. We are all about ten years or more out of high school. I never went to my prom, and neither did she, but I really want to make this awesome. I’m still very much up in the air about the dress I want to do for this, but here are a few I’ve seriously considered. The first one I really like the very classic and conservative lines.

Neither of these are vintage, but I fell in love with them just the same. What’s my question? What are some vintage dress patterns that would be prom-appropriate that you can think of? I’d love to find one to fall in love with and go that route instead!

I do have a few prerequisites though for you to consider.

  • Nothing strapless, plunging backs, or spaghetti straps- I’m a big girl up top (F cup) and finding a good bra is hard enough- finding a strapless good bra will be a nightmare. Not wearing one at all is not going to happen! haha
  • I would prefer a fairly sleek silhouette, but I’m not adverse to a full skirt.
  • Full length preferred, but others are okay too.
  • 1950′s and previous I’m very open to, as some 80′ s styles.
  • Sleeves are very welcome as we may be outside quite a bit for this event and it is being held in November!

As I said, I never went to my prom, so this is my chance to do it and I want to look amazing!I never have opportunity to dress up like this.

I also need to find a good men’s dress shirt pattern that’s not terribly difficult. My boyfriend has agreed to go to this as long as I make his shirt… I never thought I would hear that as a request! O.O

Anyway, show me what you’ve got! I need some fresh ideas, and if you’re already sewn the dress in question, I would love to see photos of the finished item to get a better feel for it.

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PepperReed July 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Here’s a few to consider; not full lenght, but could be lengthened. I own all of these and could trace one as needed.

Beautiful but tiny; you may have to size up:

Similar draping, realistic sizing:

Modern repro of 30′s gown:

Good Luck! I hope you find the perfect dress!


Inkdork July 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Pepper, that first one is lovely! I also really like the loose flowy sleeves on the third one, View C. Gorgeous!


Stephanie July 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

The butterick one looks very 30s inspired! If you are looking for vintage prom type dress patterns, 40s and 50s are probably better if you need to wear a bra than 30s (I know because I’m in the same boat!) I made a prom themed 50s dress last year (You can see a photo of it on vintage pattern wiki: and I’m making a bridesmaid’s dress from Simplicity 8398 ( Vintage prom/fancy dress patterns can get pretty pricey but if you hunt around, you can find deals.


Inkdork July 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I am loving the bow details on both of these, but not sure about the dropped waistlines.

This is going to be such a hard choice to make! How do teenage girls manage this? lol


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