Last weekend we had the opportunity to play dress up and attend the 2012 Colorado National Guard Association Military Ball.
Back in January, I had my hair colored red, just for fun. I told The Mister that with red hair, I wanted to find an emerald green dress to wear to the upcoming Ball. I started looking online for either a new or a vintage dress with no luck. Unbeknownst to me, however, that sneaky Mister was plotting! He found this image:
and decided that was the dress I needed, only in green. He asked our dear friend and neighbor, Alice, if she thought she could sew something like it for me. He even swiped a dress from my closet so they could get my size!
Eventually, they had to fess up and tell me so that she could begin fittings. Alice chose a beautiful emerald green satin and she even found a copycat Pippa dress pattern at the fabric store. She altered it slightly, pulling up the neckline a bit and getting rid of the train in the back, and this is how it ended up:
Isn't the color gorgeous? The cowl neckline thing unfortunately wasn't working right--I think the fabric was a little too stiff or something and it just refused to drape correctly. I solved that by using one of my pretty vintage brooches to tack it down in the front.
I wanted to wear a fresh gardenia in my hair, but I forgot about that plan until Thursday afternoon, and the ball was on Saturday evening. I made some calls but it seems that florists just don't carry gardenias on hand anymore and it was too late to order one. Rats! I had to make do with a vintage silk millinery flower instead.
It's always fun to have a chance to get gussied up and go out with my handsome soldier!