Internet users are learning to live laish thanks to Amber Scholl, a blogger who has become very popular in turning a $4 thrift-store dress into her “dream prom dress” with just a needle, thread, and a bag of craft supplies.
The young woman shared pictures of her dress transformation on Twitter. With lace, sequins and scissors, she transformed a basic black dress into a gala dress with a train and a plunging neckline.
"I love how this dress brings the drama," said Amber.
"I knew I could turn the dress into something fabulous! I like having a blank canvas because I can just see the possibilities so clearly in my head when I look at something".
More than 20,000 Twitter followers have responded to Amber's "DIY," including fashion and beauty YouTuber James Charles, who sums up the look in three words: "Omfg my fav".
Internet users shared with Amber their own dresses achievements. Some of her followers predict her a career as a designer, that she will create dresses for the red carpets
Scholl also documented her fashion project for her YouTube channel Disclaimer. " I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve never really done this before", she says.
In the eight-minute video, she visits Goodwill in Los Angeles to choose a dress, and then goes to a local trim and bead store to pick out embellishments.
"I do not know what it is, but I have to use it," she says about a swath of black feathers. The young woman also buys black crystal applique, glue, and a needle and thread.
With these materials, Scholl transforms the dress’s flared skirt into a tailored, bodycon shape. Then she adds the crystals to the bodice, saving a triangle-shaped piece for her matching necklace. Finally, she sews the feathers to the skirt to create a train.
Aside from the $4 dress, Scholl spent $100 on crystals and an undisclosed amount on the feathers. Which is still a lot cheaper than most women spend on their party dresses.
Scholl has decided to create a prom dress tutorial dedicated to her 18-year-old YouTube subscribers who are going to prom this year.
"I'm 24," she tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "but I knew it would be fun to show my subscribers how to get creative and do it for less. There’s no reason prom and life in general can’t be made fabulous on any budget."
Scholl has received much praise for her creation - but she has also been bombarded by unsolicited comments about her body. Her comments section on YouTube is filled with people writing in to “praise” her physique. She gathered a few of the worst offenders into a tweet with the caption “I love the internet.”
"Nothing surprises me anymore," Scholl says of the comments. "I spent years hating my body in high school struggling with eating disorders and all sorts of other body image issues, and now that I finally have learned to love it no one can take that away from me, even internet trolls."
The silver lining: the enthusiastic comments far outweigh any rude ones, and the young lady has inspired creativity (and budget-friendly shopping) in anyone headed to prom. As Scholl herself describes it, "Versace who? This is Amber Scholl’s thrifted couture."