I bought a formal dress for senior prom that I thought would be timeless and reusable. That was sixteen years ago. I wore this one many times. Here is a picture from last year's party for Inside Out:
Almost three years ago for Monsters University I found myself too pregnant to wear the dress. But I didn't want to spend a lot on a formal maternity dress that I may never wear again! I found a pattern for a good dress, and I also had a pretty sheet I picked up from a pile of free junk in a driveway...how embarrassing! So $13 for the pattern, plus a zipper and thread, and hours of work, and ta-da! Some of the fabric was kind of pilling and not so pretty but I put that part at the bottom of the skirt where nobody is looking closely. I put the dress on so I could make this post, last year.