Thursday, April 24, 2014
I thought you might like to see a picture from my senior prom in 1961. Too bad it is not in color, and too bad that we posed in front of those very busy drapes!
I loved, and still love, that dress. I loved it so much when I put it on in the store, but Mom said it was too expensive. I think it was between $90-100 and that was a lot for a dress in those days. At least it was for us. But I begged, and I promised I would wear this dress to both proms so they would not have to buy me a second prom dress. Mom finally gave in. And I did wear the dress both years - - - - - plus my maid of honor wore it at my wedding! In those days I sewed most of my clothes so this dress was very special in every way.
This dress was my favorite color, a very pretty lavender with white lace overlay. The ribbon above the waist and the bow with long streamers was the same satiny lavender. For my wedding we did a minor change. We brought those long streamers up behind the bow and tacked them at the shoulders and across the back neckline so that it resembled a collar in the back. You see, my favorite color was also my wedding color. The prom was in May and my wedding was September the same year. I still have that dress tucked away in a box in the closet as I can't bear to get rid of it. (I just wish it still fit!)
Notice the wrist corsage. That was a good choice since there wasn't much of a place to pin a corsage on the dress.