When I first found this dress for one little dollar at the thrift store, I giggled a little.
I mean, it’s soooooo not me!
The collar! the cuffs! The length! The ties! Those cutesie little puffy sleeves! The…horror!
Now…I’m sure some of you out there find the cutesie cuffs/puffs/collar thing to be absolutely adorable. If you are one of those people, you should probably stop reading about now.
Seriously…because, it’s all about to go buh-bye, y’all.
I will never, never, NEVER condone any garment that has those absurd ties that end in a bow above my butt (I have a distaste for bows in general).
Next, I needed to remove some of that length.
I’m fine with maxi dresses, but this one is 100% polyester, and not too breathable for a scorching SC summer day.
Next on my amputation list was the lacy collar and sleeve caps.
With the help of my seam ripper, off they came!
I paused for a moment before ripping off those puffy sleeves.
I was hoping just removing the lacy stuff would be enough to save the dress, but sadly, the puffy sleeves were not for me. I’m just not a puffy kind of gal.
Away they went (with the help of my seam ripper)!
Now, I was left with a bunch of raw edges around the neck and armholes that needed to be pinned in preparation for sewing.
An pin them I did!
Then, I stitched them down.
After sewing those down, I hemmed the raw edge of the skirt in much the same manner.
To ensure that your hem’s seam is even, use your sewing gauge to measure the seam allowance before each pin goes in.
Now my dress was just about done.
I pressed my new hem (always do this! remember!), but still wasn’t completely pleased. The top of the dress was a bit too plain.
I like nice, clean, simple lines…but I decided to add a bit of detail.
I liked the way the ruching looked at the bustline of this dress, and decided to borrow this design element at the collarbone area of the dress with some hand-ruching of my own.
To ruche the shoulders, I simply hand stitched a straight line with a wide stitch where I wanted the ruching to be, pulled the thread to create gathers, and then tied it off.
The ruching was EXACTLY what my dress needed. Now I had a cute dress to wear for brunch that made many a woman green (forgive the pun!) with envy!
I paired it with my favorite bronze accessories and a cute vintage straw clutch I snagged for a mere buck whilst scouring for future refashions.
I enjoyed a verrrrry delicious Bananas Foster French Toast and an equally tasty Bloody Mary at Liberty Tap Room where my fella and I were serenaded by a jazz band.
A perfect beginning to a perfect Sunday!