Even I had my doubts when I bought this frightening fuschia flop for a buck.
The color really isn’t my bag, but I liked the crispness of the fabric and I really wanted a bright shirtdress with a full skirt. The only possible contender I found was this hunk of pepto dismal.
The first thing I had to do was remove a few extremities.
Including this really absurd pocket with some sort of coat of arms embroidery on it
My work had only just begun. Next, I desperately needed to take the top of the dress in…a good bit. I like marking where I’m going to be sewing with chalk before I pin it. I also measure the taking in area on both sides with my sewing gauge to make sure both sides are even.
Then I pinned along the chalk line.
Once both sides were pinned, I sewed along the chalk line on each side, then cut off the excess material.
Next, I needed to fix the newly shortened sleeves. I decided to go with a rolled look by rolling the sleeves twice and pressing them. To make sure they stayed rolled up, I sewed them down like so on the bottom of the sleeve.
I used a zigzag stitch to keep the raw edge of the newly slenderized sleeve from unraveling. Don’t worry. Nobody will even see it, as it’s under my arm.
Next, I needed to alter the length. No minidress for me today! I wanted this to fall just above my knees.
Then I hemmed the bottom of the dress with my favorite rainbow thread.
And that’s it! I now had a very cute 50’s ish dress that I felt quite fetching in.
This dress was perfect for an evening perusing Columbia, SC’s Main Street for their First Thursday (happens on the first Thursday of every month) art shows! I was most excited to see the works of Lyon and Jennie Mae Hill at Frame of Mind. I took pics of a few of my favorites.
And since I was all about Columbia artists last night, I even accessorized with this nifty pin made by local artist, Clark Ellefson. It’s a little piece of a road sign that he’s refashioned into my favorite pin.