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Broke and in need of something festive to wear? My thoughts exactly. As part of my huge cleaning and organizing project, I have been trying to use or give away old fabric. This silk brocade Melissa Sandvig brought me back from China a decade ago, has finally come to life as my new poofy mini dress with pockets.

A watercolor sketch of my little black holiday dress.

Almost there, just need to put the zipper in and I will be good to go for a wedding this weekend.

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.