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Katie Rijoas and Mitchell McDonald were crowned Prom King and Queen 2012. Photo by Bob Bohning

Prom night is just around the corner, which means that for most girls these past weeks have been filled with a lot of stress. Finding the perfect prom dress is far from easy. However, you don’t have to go to a store to find your dress. Kelsey Higgins (12) made her prom dress herself.

‘I didn’t want to worry about people having the same dress”, said Higgens. “I can sew, so I used my knowledge to make it.”

Higgens has been interested in fashion and designing clothes since she first took fashion class her sophomore year.

“When I first walked into the classroom, I knew this was what I wanted to do”, said Higgens. “Since then I have always been excited to come back to fashion [class].”

Inspiration for her dresses, she gets by ‘looking around at buildings, trees, what people are wearing”. She also like Vera Wang’s wedding dresses a lot, because “they are so elegant”.

It took Higgens about 1, 5 weeks to make her dress. She also designed a dress for a friend which took her a bit longer to make, about 2, 5 weeks. She says it depends on the pattern how much time she needs to make a dress.

Higgens has big plans for her future, as she is aspiring a career in fashion.

“ I want to open my own store and go into wedding dresses, prom and homecoming dresses”, said Higgens.

She will graduate this may and attend Penn Valley for 2 years using her A+ hours. Her plans after that are still undecided. She either wants to go to the Art Institute in Chicago or Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.