When I was a little girl my mother and I lived with her parents in the country. My mother worked in the city and on Fridays when she got paid, she'd stop on the way home and buy me a book of paper dolls. I loved them and I had a huge collection. I guess I was a collector even then. Most of the paper dolls at that time were movie stars and had gorgeous gowns. I cut them out carefully, enlisting my Grandmother's help on the very elaborate ones. Then during the week as I played with them I would draw pretty gowns for them to wear, color them and cut them out. If I was handed paper and drawing implements, I drew ladies in beautiful gowns. I think it was the beginning of my love affair with design and sewing and crafts.
For a formal Christmas party given by the bank I designed my own dress. It was a floor length black knit jersey, very demure with high neck, and long sleeves. But the surprise was in the back where it was cut down to the waist and had a deep slit for walking. I loved that dress and I must admit I loved the attention it got.
I don't attend many dressy affairs anymore and if I do, I have a few things hanging in the closet that will do. But I still love the look of beautiful gowns. That's why I watch the Academy Awards. Still, I don't want to waste time and money on making gowns that I'll never wear, so I found another outlet. I do cross stitch of faeries wearing big beautiful gowns. Here are a few.