Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Prom is a time when big girls can play Cinderella. 

My beautiful blonde 17-year-old granddaughter, Erin, will be going to prom in Castle Rock, CO later this month.  Her dress is blue, her favorite color.  So when her mom hinted that Erin really liked the olympian blue silk zipper clutch I had listed in my shop,  and thought it would look nice with her dress, what’s a grandma to do?  Of course, I happily sent it off to her with a cheery note inside.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/89159233/olympian-blue-silk-zip-clutch-prom

I’ll be making more little silk zipper clutches for other prom goers in the next few days.  I received a gorgeous shipment of silk remnants in 14 beautiful colors from Nancy Chadwick of Chad Quilt:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChadQuilt.

The larger bag is approximate 4 inches tall, 10 inches long and 2.5 inches at the base.  The petite version is only 3 inches tall, 7.5 inches long, and 2 inches at the base.  Each bag has a fabric bow extending from side to side. ( I’m planning to make some with wider bows.)  All bags are fully lined with cotton print fabrics in coordinating colors.  The zippers are from ZipIt:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipit.  The pattern is from KeykaLou Patterns, used with permission:   http://www.etsy.com/shop/keykalou

I never went to prom.  I was voted Most Likely to Succeed in my senior class, but socially I was a wallflower.   I did sew a formal, though --- daisies and dotted swiss (very 1971).  I was South Dakota’s Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow, and formal attire was required at the banquet for all state winners.  That scholarship was a godsend.  It paid for my first two years of college.

Do you have happy prom memories?

LeAnn aka  pasqueflower


  1. Ugh, I went to my junior prom and didn't have much fun. I was too self-conscious to dance, so I doubt my date had much fun either! I skipped senior prom altogether -- why go through that again? The Homemaker banquet sounds more my speed; there would be food after all! My small-town prom was in the 1970s, so we didn't have the elaborate dinner dances some schools have today. But I did get to wear a Gunne Sax dress!

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  2. I hope your granddaughter has a wonderful time at her prom! Love your clutches, the colors are so rich!

  3. Aw...those are beautiful purses, LeAnn! Your granddaughter will love hers :).

    I never went to either prom in H.S...never got asked, and it wasn't my thing (actually, H.S. wasn't really my thing, either). Had I gone, though, I would have made my own dress!

  4. How exciting for your granddaughter! I bet she'll have a great time.

    I want to prom three times. Once with a boyfriend, once with a boy who liked me (and I didn't realize until it was too late to back out--awkward!), and once with a boy who was just a friend. I ended up having the best time with the guy who was just a friend! After the dance was over, we were starving but didn't want to spend a bunch of money going out to a restaurant again. So we made blueberry muffins in the middle of the night.

  5. I had so much fun at both my proms! One was in an old concert all and one was in an old airplane hanger. They were both really cool.

    I LOVE the purple purse!