It’s time to reveal the vintage shirt dress that I mentioned in my Happy Thoughts two weeks back! I was supposed to show you that week, but with friends in town I had so much fun that I got behind on my blogging. Sorry aout the delay, dear readers, but it was absolutely worth it!
Back to the dress — this dotted wonder was purchased on eBay several years ago and worn only a couple of times since. I always thought the fit wasn’t quite there — it fit perfectly on the upper body, but is was too wide around the hips and puckered in an unflattering way when I added a belt. It was also slightly too long for my liking.
Afer much procrastination I finally got my safety pins out and by measuring, pinning and taking the dress on and off many, many times, I finally found the fit I wanted and got my sewing machine going. Lucky for me, this fabric doesn’t unravel. Yes, it’s so synthetic that it doesn’t come apart! I’d better not bring this on holiday with me anywhere hot and humid, as I’ll sweat like a pig at a BBQ… Or like Suzanne of the blog Suzanne Carillo who was “forced” to seek refuge in the cold vegetable room at Costco (read and weep with laughter — she has the funniest pen and an amazing collection of vintage dresses).
The first alteration that I did was to take the dress in from the waist down. Apparently, the dress use to have a self tie, as the loops are still in place. Starting just below the loops, I took the dress in all the way down to the hem, about 15 cm in each side. First I pinned, then I tacked, followed by one final try-on before I sewed a straight seam with the machine. Since the fabric miraculously won’t unravel, I cut a 1 cm sea allowance and called it quits. Next up was hemming the dress. It already had a 5 cm hem, so I simply turned this over once towards the back, thereby taking the dress up 5 cm. I hand stitched the hem in place.
And finally I got to the fun part — actually wearing the dress, which by now felt brand new! I kept the outfit simple and let the dress shine in all its dotty glory — I just added green strappy shoes, a green bag and a brown leather belt around the waist. Simple and chic, ready for tea! Yes, this dress makes me want to sip breakfast tea out of big, fancy see-through cups with my pinkie pointing towards the sky. Anyone who cares to going me?
Vintage dress bought on eBay (similar, similar) // GAP brown leather belt // Vanessa Bruno thrifted green handbag (similar) // Dries van Noten green shoes (different, but gorgeous) // Snø of Sweden silver earrings (similar) // Armani brown/silver watch (this model is cool) // Unknown brand silver bracelet (similar)
This post has been linked up with the following blogs:
Fizz & Frosting // Style Nudge // Sincerely Jenna Marie // Pink Sole // Style Me Sunday // Happiness At Mid Life // Classy Yet Trendy // Styling In St Louis // Two Thirty-Five Designs // The Closet By Christie // Fashion Should Be Fun // Rachel The Hat // Jo-Lynne Shane // Forage Fashion