Happy Memorial Day! Let’s all take a moment to let our gratitude for the men, women, and service animals who bravely serve our country (if you’re in the US, that is) sink in. :)
When I first saw this dress, I looooved it! But it had one major issue.
Not only was one of the seams badly ripped, the dress was also 3 sizes too big.
Saggy back. :(
But…it was a freebie, so I shan’t complain! With a little work, I knew it would be perfect for a Memorial Day cookout with friends!
I had my red and white with this dress, but what about blue? I dug through my scrap stash and found the leftovers from this refashion.
I decided the best way to add a pop of blue was to make a simple patch pocket! I cut out my pocket, then ironed the edges down.
Press the pocket!
Now that pocket was ready to be placed on my dress! I carefully pinned it to the outer gauzy layer.
VERY securely pinned!
Then, I ran it through my machine.
Now I’m ready for the repair/resizing part!
Since this dress has an outer layer and a lining, I figured I had two ways I could go about this. I could either take the lining and outer layer apart from each other, take each part in, then reattach them to each other, or I could take both the lining and the outer layer in at the same time.
I had yet to do this the second way with much success. :/ Usually the feed dogs on my machine end up stretching one of the pieces more than the other, so I end up with a sloppy/bunchy result. :(
BUT THEN I HAD A BRILLIANT IDEA. It was mind-bogglingly simple, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!
I hung my dress on the pull-up bar in my bathroom (I mean, It should be used for something, right?). Then, I pinned the lining to the outer layer riiiight along the seam with safety pins.
I haven’t been able to do a pull-up in over 10 years. :/
Then, I turned my dress inside-out and took it in a couple of inches on each side.
All taken in!
But wait! What about those safety pins???
Don’t worry! They shall be free! I cut off the excess fabric with my pinking shears to reveal a prize inside! :)
So…did it work?
It did! My side seams look pretty flippin’ flawless, I must say! And here’s what that dress looks like now!
Oh so patriotic! :)
I styled my new frock with a $1 thrifted belt, some sweet sun specs. My bracelet is actually a necklace that used to belong to my grandmother, and the flops are just plain old flops! :)
Here’s the back!
Saggy no more!
Now, while I thought I was being patriotic in my Red, White, and Blue, all my friends told me my dress was actually Orange! Please tell me…who is right? Am I really just colorblind???
Phillip says it’s orange. :/
Jamie says it’s orange. :/
All of these people think agree that my dress is actually orange. :/
But who can I trust?
Certainly not these guys!
So please…you tell me. Is my dress red or orange? I must know!!!!
I’m waiting for your answer.