Prom can really take a bite out of your budget. But do you have to spend wads of cash to look hot? I don't think so. Here are plenty of free ways to look sweet this prom season.
Shop the thrift stores for a dress that doesn't fit you, then alter it to your size. This expands your dress possibilities and saves money on a tailoring bill.
I'll show you how to:
- Let out a dress
- Make a dress smaller
- Shorten a skirt
- Put a side slit in a skirt
A bowtie, though old-fashioned, makes you look classy whether you’re Dr. Who, Bill Nye, or just somebody's prom date. Follow my mirror-image diagram and instructions to achieve that Bruce Wayne-level of sophistication.
Learn four different necktie knots with my easy-reference illustrations. I've even got celebrity examples of each knot.
The images in these tutorials are mirror images, so you'll be ready to stand in front of the mirror and see exactly what is pictured here.
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I've collected some of the best free dress patterns from across the web. Simply print out the pattern and follow the instructions. These hot dresses range from easy to average sewing difficulty.
A duct tape dress is not only a quirky way to show up for the prom, it's also a chance at a college scholarship. Duck Brand Duct Tape runs an annual contest for crafty couples who construct their own formal attire out of the company's tape.
This is an unconventional look for the guys. I have 8 different knit necktie patterns for you to try.
Many clutch style purses are just too small to carry the things you need! Here's one that is small but has room to carry the essentials. From our Guide to Sewing.
Turn a pair of everyday chopsticks into glimmering hair sticks. It only takes a few minutes and can make for an elegant look.
String up some beautiful bracelets using gemstone and pearl beads. Here are 6 different bracelets you can make from our Guide to Jewelry Making.
Learn the tips and tricks to stringing up elastic bead bracelets with this variety of designs. From our Guide to Jewelry Making.
Two perfect jewelry making combinations - wire and beads - add them together to come up with a huge assortment of earring projects. Here are lots of wire and bead earrings, using materials such as gemstones, crystals, and precious metals to get you started. From our Guide to Jewelry Making.
12. Sweet DIY Fashion