A Neoprene Nettie Makes The Perfect Cocktail Dress
Yesterday, I had my last class of my undergrad degree! In fact, there is only one exam and one paper in the way of me and freedom from school forever (or at least in the foreseeable future, haha).
What better way to attend a grad formal in a me-made cocktail dress that admittedly stood out way too much from the crowd?
When I saw this neoprene at one of my local fabric stores, I had to have it. Have you ever experienced that? I didn't know what to make with it, where I could wear it to, or anything. I just picked up two yards and took it home.
At first, I thought it'd make a nice Seamwork Ida and could potentially be in somewhat standard rotation in my wardrobe. But then, I realized that it was way too bold of a print to wear on just any old day... at least for me!
Then I was panicking - I bought all this beautiful fabric but I had no occasion to wear it to! Thankfully, this Grad Formal popped up and the stash was saved!
I ultimately decided on making a Nettie dress by Closet Case Patterns, partially because it required minimal seaming so the print could stay intact. It was also a super quick make as I got all of it done in two evenings after work/class.
I absolutely LOVED the silhouette though and believed my design decision to go low-back, high-neck, and long-sleeved really stepped up the dress' game, so to speak.
It was certainly an attention-seeking, but compliment-getting dress so I could not have been happier with the outcome!
Doesn't it feel good to get compliments and the occassional "Oh my god! How did you do that?!" while wearing me-made?