Monday, March 11, 2013

What to Wear to the Dress Form Ball?

I warned her over and over again, but she didn't listen.  If she continued to procrastinate and couldn't find a pretty frock for the Dress Form Ball, she'd have to stay home or attend wearing nothing but the antique dresser scarves one of her sisters wore to the Dress Form Ball last year.

She decided to go with just the dresser scarves rather than sit at home and miss all the fun.  The poor dear has been so busy with other things and just lost track of time.  She was concerned about being late for the ball, so I thought it would be a good idea for her to wear some jewelry made from watch parts to help keep her on schedule.

She did manage to find a pretty new lace belt and she thought it would be a good way to hide the line between one scarf and the other.  She's so vain.

  The silly girl started hitting the punch right away and thought the pink lampshade would make a nice hat.  Please don't judge her...we've all been there.  She was rescued from a yard sale for just $5 when I found her sitting in the driveway and missing her legs.  

Her older sister chose to wear a pretty black velvet and lace dress that belonged to my grandmother.
She's also a procrastinator and ran out of time to shop for a new gown, then she remembered how good she felt wearing this beautiful antique dress. 

A few thin wires attached to the back of the lace collar help it stand up. 

A couple of years ago I made this necklace out of the watch my grandmother gave me for my high school graduation.  It stopped working after a few years probably because of over winding it, but I held onto it all these years. I removed the band and replaced the inside gears with
 a little black and white picture of her, added a glass bead, then hung it on a sterling
 silver chain.

I'm hoping they both arrive on time and behave themselves.  Maybe next year they won't wait so long to go shopping.

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36 comments:

  1. Ha ha love the lampshade hat!!!!! I joined in too this year and after I posted and saw Carols wedding dress I had a v8 moment! Oh we'll next year IF I remember lol

    Xox
    Marsha

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  2. Hi Betsy, Both your girls are beautiful. I adore the dresser scarf dress and all the pretty watchpart jewelry pieces. Love the lampshade hat too. Don't judge me, either, lol. It's wonderful that you have that lovely dress from your grandma. What a wonderful heirloom piece. It's classy and looks great on your girl.
    Have a happy week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  3. Oh she looks beautiful! Hmmm I don't think mine is ready to part with her apron LOL!

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  4. Hi, I read your blog faithfully...and love it!
    Your two dress forms are perfect. :-)
    ~Renee 2http://nostalgic-summer.blogspot.com/

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  5. I thought the lacey tablecloths were the prettiest things I've ever seen...and then she put on the lampshade hat...along with dangly earrings and made me laugh. And I just THOUGHT she was the prettiest! The elegant black dress just blows me away. What an elegant and fabulous dress and the most perfect necklace! WOW! I am SO impressed. You've outdone yourself this year!

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  6. In this business, haven't we all ended up with a few lamp shades in the wrong places on a couple of occasions? And besides, I think it adds so much to her costume. Your grandmother's dress is stunning, a real family treasure.

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  7. such a silly girl waiting until the last minute~love the watch idea. i have so many of those:):)

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  8. Well, I think BOTH sisters look lovely! Though at first glance, with the lampshade, I questioned just how much champagne the younger sister was helping herself to at this event! (0; Love the black velvet dress on her older sister, and the remade necklace from the watch your grandmother gave you is beautiful!... Very nice meeting you all here today, via The Dress Form Ball! ~tina

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  9. adorable, Betsy!! I'm LOVING the earrings on the lampshade! You crack me up :-)

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  10. Such a cute post! Loved it! I couldn't help but smile.
    The dresser scarves were a neat idea and worked just fine.
    I want to go to the ball next time!
    Linda
    idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

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  11. I told Mona she couldn't go because she is such a floozy she wouldn't fit in but I'm feeling bad about it now because clearly she and your lamp shade lady would have hit it off at the punchbowl.

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  12. Oh Betsy...Well, this explains it, when your girls got off the carriage the younger one grabbed 2 glasses of bubbly off the tray! Oh, my you should have heard the gasp from the guests!!! Of course the men here are all flocking around her, I am not so sure it is her dresser scarf dress either!!...Men, well not to worry her prim older sister is keeping her in check, she is so lovely with her black velvet dress and heirloom watch necklace....I am sooo glad your girls could attend the ball, I promise to get them home safe and sound!

    Carol

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  13. Oh Betsy,
    For something they just put together last minute, I'd say they did pretty awesome. They both look Ball ready to me :-)

    Hugs,
    ❤Ana

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  14. Cute post - Love it! :-D Yep - Maybe the older one in the black conservative dress will keep the younger set dressed in lace and lots of bling under control. Just maybe. :D Love the lamp shade hat.

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  15. Oh my gosh! I love your dress forms and the wonderful watch necklace you made!!

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  16. Ahahahaha love the lampshade!! You are so creative Betsy! Those scarves are beautiful... I never would have guessed that's what those are. Awesome!

    The watch necklace is absolutely gorgeous too. Love both your forms!

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  17. Get a group of creative blogging ladies together and see what fun can be had. This is such a cute post, like so many others I've read. This has the makings for a great Ball. Your girls are looking fine.
    Blessings, Trisha

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  18. Older sister's black velvet dress with lace collar & sleeve bands is to die for! But my absolute favorite piece is the necklace from your graduation watch. So precious!

    (In this economy your girls showed restraint in not shopping & racking up a huge dress bill. Can't blame a young miss for having a touch too much bubbly at the party.)

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  19. Hi Betsy, oh your girls are lovely. Love the lamp shade. We all have been there one time or another. LOL The watch jewels is a creative accent.
    Older sister is stunning in the black velvet gown. Love how the collar is wired to stand up. The necklace you made using your old watch is beautiful. Such a wonderful keepsake to have and enjoy.
    I am sure your girls will have a fabulous time dancing the night away.
    Have fun, Celestina Marie

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  20. Your additions to the ball are beautiful. Wearing your Grandmothers vintage dress and your graduation watch with her photo is priceless. Dancing the night away...

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  21. Both of them are beautiful! But I love the younger version showing more skin, figure (hahaha) and accessories

    Have a great day Betsy!

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  22. It was so fun to see your girls at the ball with my girls
    I am so glad you have your Grandmothers watch she gave you , it looks great with her dress

    Janice

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  23. Fabulous post! We're never too young for dressup!

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  24. I'm new to your blog, and I absolutely ADORED the sisters and the ball! Although the older sister may be a bit more elegant, I bet the gal with the lampshade had more fun! lol CUTE post!

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  25. this is my 1st yr so my poor girl was dressed at the last min. with curtains, table cloths etc lol! your girls are stunning!
    Helen

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  26. They both looks pretty snazzy to me! Love the jewelry! Hugs, Linda

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  27. Both girls look ready to attend the ball even if they got ready at the last minute. Can't tell it!

    Judy

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  28. I'm so glad they came and sporting some beautiful jewelry! Mine was there dressed in pearls and lace, Di

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  29. Isn't it like sisters to be somewhat different in their styles. That watch necklace with the picture is a smart and sweet idea. I also liked the dress the first sister wore made out of dresser scarves. That girl was clever with her makeshift outfit, but I think she could use a chaperone!
    Liz

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  30. LOL! You have to love the lampshade...with earrings no less. Beautiful baubles. What a gal! ; )
    ~Michele

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  31. I love your dress form, she looks so pretty. Her lampshade hat suits her to a t !

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  32. Although I don't know anything about this dress form ball you speak of (yet), I love your dress forms and their outfits and am really wishing I had a dressform now. I love the younger one including her lampshade hat but the older one really inspires me. I love the fact that both the dress & the watch came from your grandmother. I make similar jewelry but have never thought to put a picture into the back of a watch face. I think I have a watch that my grandmother gave me years ago that I want to do this with. I am not lucky enough to have a dress that belonged to my grandmother but I do have her wedding nighty and a pair of fancy gloves that she had so my dress form (if I had one) might be scandalously dressed for a ball. lol

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