Always a bridesmaid…

In Housedress Heaven
Child's Play

I was rather amused when I found this purple puppy tossed in a bin at the dollar-a-pound Goodwill.

Always a bridesmaid. Le Sigh.

This frumpy frock cost someone at least $300 at one point as it was created by this jerkface:

Alfred Angelo...making pretty girls look homely since...well...whenever...

I had my first run-in with Alfred Angelo’s garb when wedding dress shopping with my sis/ bridesmaid dress shopping for myself.  This guy has thoroughly mastered the art of creating colors that look horrible for any skin tone and cuts that even make me look fat.  Fortunately, my overpriced-awkward-shade-of-teal dress wasn’t thaaaat bad, and I can resign myself to looking slightly less fab than usual if it’s what my sister wants on her big day (she reads this blog btw).

However…I wasn’t going to let Alfred ruin this dress.  Not on my watch.

First off, I took some of the length off.  I knew I’d be taking even more off before I was done, but I needed to make this thick satiny frock more manageable.

Basement Kitteh loves satin.

I’ve found that just about any color can be made tolerable, as long as you aren’t swathed in yards and yards of it.

Next, I needed to take this guy in.  To do this, I first pinned in on me at the boobs, my waist and hips, and took the measurements of how much I would be taking it in on each side.  Then I turned it inside out and marked the taking in area with a curvy chalk line and then pinned it.

in ya go!

I then put it to my sewing machine and took  it in.  I actually had to do this one more time to get it nice and fitted.  This dress has boning, which thankfully didn’t really get in my way, and would help to hold the dress up without me having to do that “constantly tugging up” thing.

When I was done, I cut off the excess fabric from the sides.

Scraps!

The last step I needed to do was trim a bit more off the bottom and hem it under.

Pinned!

After running the bottom of my dress through my machine, I was left with quite a sexy lil lavender dress.  :)

Impressed?

I wore my little dress into the wee small hours of the morning.  :)

Check out Herbie in those sweet Hand Spats!
Posing Provocatively with brilliant photographer, Jimmy Higgs

Cheers!

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7 thoughts on “Always a bridesmaid…

  1. Basement Kitteh is my fave character in your blog!

    Suggestion: make your last pic of each post a combo before and after pic.

  2. I ran across your blog and decided to start from the beginning. I am loving every second of this! I can’t stop reading. This particular post is perfect for my old prom dress and an old bride’s maid dress that are hanging in my closet.

  3. Herbie: Your comments here are spot on. Edith is definitely the awesome-est. & b4 & after side-by-side would be cool! btw, you are rockin’ those hand spats!!

    Jillian: All the lovely kitties you had/have in your life are the best parts…no matter how utterly awesome your refashions are. {& you have had some truly incredible ones!! ~ See above pics for example.} ;-)

  4. This made my jaw drop! When I was looking for dresses for my bridesmaids I ran into Alfred Angelo & liked maybe 1 from his whole collection. You totally made this dress beyond amazing. It looks really nice on you! You miss, ROCK!

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