This, believe it or not, is THE first costume I EVER made, for The Gatsby Picnic in Oakland, CA. It's based on a 1925/26 tennis dress I saw in Art Deco Fashion, a book I bought at an Art Deco exhibit at the San Francisco Legion of Honor. The original is in the collection of the V&A, see it here.
And this is literally the SECOND costume I ever made. It was for the very first ballroom costume dance I ever attended, the PEERS Mardi Gras de Vampyres, waaaaay back in 2004. I still love this dress immensely, just doesn't fit anymore. The contrasting coat is a kick too.
Don't laugh at my silly 19 year old self with my bleach blonde hair! I like to think I'm getting better (at least more elegant) with age!