I have no idea and am willing to accept any and all theories as to what the purpose of the below garment is supposed to be.
This green and red hazmat-grade viscose green and red housedress features massive sleeves, a less-than-flattering length, and no breathability whatsoever.
Usually, I would cringe at its color scheme. However, this worked perfectly for the Christmas in July party I was going to at The Whig.
This thrifted frock was going to need a lot of help before it was Christmas In July-worthy.
First, those sleeves had to go!
My arms were gonna need some fresh air. Snip and Snip.
Now I needed to take the top of the dress in.
I decided against taking in the bottom part because it had pockets! Wonderful pockets! I also thought a slightly poofier skirt would actually look nice and festive for the evening.
But, back to the top.
I took it in 3″ at its biggest part and tapered down to take it in 2″ by the time it got to the waist.
I drew this line in chalk and then pinned as you see here.
I then put it through my sewing machine, sewing along the chalk line.
I did this for the other side as well.
Now, on to those armholes!
More pinning. More sewing. I decided to use my merriest red thread on this dress to make it even more Christmas-y.
Now…time to deal with that skirt!
As I said earlier, the length was horrible. I wanted it to fall mid-thigh. As I cut, my sweet little kitty, Edith decided to help out.
Once the skirt was hacked, I folded the raw edge under about an inch and then folded it under AGAIN.
This fabric was fray city, and I didn’t want a messy seam to ruin my night.
Once the new hem was sewn, I was almost done!
There was just one more, VERY important step.
I needed to iron all of my new seams. ALWAYS do this! It’s the step that will give your piece that “finished” look.
Now that my seams were looking spiffy, all I had to do next was make a sash out of the leftover fabric from the skirt to hide that elasto-waistband.
And that’s it! I now had a dress that was ready for some holiday cheer!
I actually wore it all day yesterday. This is definitely a “makes me feel pretty” dress that I am quite taken with.