Karis Skaggs Makes Her Own Prom Dress

Finding the perfect prom dress can be a struggle for some girls. One senior, Karis Skaggs, decided to make her perfect prom dress. Skaggs is creating her own prom dress in the class Fashion Construction II. This class is taught by Marissa Cohen in conjunction with the Advanced Sewing class.

“The class is great because you have the satisfaction of wearing clothes that you created yourself,” Fashion Construction II student Jessica Jones said.

Skaggs and Cohen picked out and ordered a pattern for the dress together that had a two piece design. Students are required to supply their own fabric and tools for projects. Skaggs picked out grey, silky fabric for the bottom of the dress and pink lining with a lace overlay for the top piece of the dress.

“Picking out fabric with my mom was a fun memory because we were laughing in the store at the fact that we had no idea what we were doing, but we finally figured out the perfect fabric,” Skaggs said.

The Fashion Construction II class is a very independent course where students get to pick projects that build upon mastering skills and requirements needed for the class. The class works on developing and enhancing what was learned in the Fashion Construction I class.

“I love seeing all the projects completed throughout the class and see all the students progress with their skills,” Cohen said. “In the beginning most students just have basic knowledge, but by the end of the class they are creating complex projects.”

Skaggs decided to make her own prom dress because she liked the idea after hearing about it from Cohen. The making of the dress also fit all the requirements for skill building in the class. Skaggs worked on the dress every day in class. She started on the dress about two months before the day of prom.

“My favorite part about the dress is that it comes together to look like two pieces and that it’s flowy and not super puffy,” Skaggs said. “I’m very thankful for all the help Ms. Cohen has given me, and I can’t wait to show off all the work I’ve done at prom.”