(Edited from AP) When Karynn Johnson steps onto the dance floor at her senior prom, she won’t have to worry that any of her classmates will be wearing the same dress.

She knows her hot pink tulle and satin dress will be unique because she’s designing and making it herself.

(Edited from AP) When Karynn Johnson steps onto the dance floor at her senior prom, she won’t have to worry that any of her classmates will be wearing the same dress.

She knows her hot pink tulle and satin dress will be unique because she’s designing and making it herself.

“I don’t want to be wearing the same thing as somebody else,” said the 18-year-old, who is in her second year of sewing class at Lincoln High School in Stockton, Calif.

Johnson, like some other fashion-conscious teens, makes clothes as a creative outlet. Television shows featuring fashion designers, and a growing number of celebrities launching their own clothing lines, have helped build interest in do-it-yourself wardrobes.

“Fashion design is very hot right now,” said Fern Bass, owner of Bass Arts Studios in Montclair, N.J. “There’s a real desire to touch and feel and use your hands.”

Last year, Bass offered a class in making prom dresses. This year, some students are making formal wear in their general sewing classes.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the Hudson, Ohio-based fabric retailer, has held a prom dress sewing competition since 2008.

“They usually get a lot of attention,” high school teacher Hinrichsen said of the student-sewn garments. “I’m not saying every dress that comes out of my class is fantastic, but there’s some pretty cool dresses.”

Hinrichsen said many of her students consider sewing as a possible career. She credits the reality show “Project Runway” – on which aspiring designers compete to make the best clothing with limited time and money – with heightening interest in sewing and clothing design.

Pasch said she also has saved a lot of money by making the dress herself. She spent about $30 on fabric. “I was looking at the store. The dresses similar to mine cost $300,”’ she said.

Students who make savvy fabric choices can save money, Hinrichsen agreed. “Many of the kids are money conscious besides talented,” she said. “They look for deals.”

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