A few years back, my daughter attended a cotillion hosted by our local homeschool group. This event is held once a month, and the teens are treated to a formal dinner, etiquette lessons, and dance instruction. Each month has a theme, and September was a Sock Hop.
Here she is last year (with my cousin, Liberty) sporting a blue skirt borrowed from a friend.
And again with 3 other friends.
Can you just see the fun about to be had?
The next year, Claudia first designed a cute felt circle skirt with a cassette-tape applique (going for the retro-updated-from-the-record-to-cassette look), but that idea was scrapped and replaced with the "elegant 50's look" instead.
How pretty is that? I love it!
We added a ruffled petticoat for fullness (and also for added coverage when Claudia "twirled").
For the petticoat, I made a simple gathered skirt and put three rows of overlapping gathered ruffles on the bottom.
The top was a last-minute (and I mean the DAY OF the dance) purchase from Wal-Mart, but it was absolutely perfect with the wide elastic belt! And thankfully, she already had the shoes.
Fast forward a few years and now Chloe is attending the Sock Hop. She chose a purple felt skirt with Peter Pan silhouettes. Doesn't it twirl wonderfully? The Sock Hop is such a fun event for the kids (and the parents who pop in to watch!).
I look forward to making more of these!