My best friend Sasha HATED her prom dress. She had been pushed to go to prom by her friend and after a visit to David’s Bridal she ended up with the blue dress that her mother liked instead of the red dress that she had wanted.
Years later, I was trying to find a dress for Sasha to use as the base of a Victorian Steampunk costume, and she brought up her old prom dress, which sounded like it’d be perfect. The dress arrived at my house and then came to live in my husband’s closet until the day when Sasha decided she wanted to be a DALEK.
I told Sasha I would help her with whatever she wanted but when she did realize the dress was already blue, she could just be a TARDIS. Her face lit up.
This was definitely possible.
So while staring at the dress and its original design we realized it had all this extra fabric just crossing over her front. She split the seam and removed the brooch to reveal what would become the inside of the TARDIS.
Windows were constructed from ribbon, felt, and ironing hem tape. The Pull to Open sign was a dark t-shirt transfer. The interior was a drop cloth from Home Depot, laundered and washed with a light gold color. My husband, Andy, drew the interior and coached Sasha on how to color it in with a paint by number technique. When the painting was done and dry, Sasha transfused it into the dress with the edges hemmed.
A few accessories like The Who British Flag Chuck Taylors and a key necklace, a Police Box choker and a light up tiara to mimic the top of the TARDIS, she was a complete princess.
We took the dress to Boston’s SciFi Fantasy convention Arisia and were overwhelmed by the response to the dress. People loved the dress with the “door” closed but as soon as she opened the “door” their jaws dropped. After the convention we found an image by photographer Nenita Hiller on Tumblr. It had already been seen by thousands of people on Tumblr before heading to io9.com and eventually BBC America.
Now she loves her prom dress. Who wouldn’t?
If you have a dress from your prom or a bridesmaid dress just sitting in your closet, taking up space, consider donating it or transforming it into something that will make you happy. Just consider the base color and go crazy. You are only limited by your imagination and the cord on your glue gun.