Some of my favorite thrift store finds are handmade garments.
Some industrious person picking out a pattern, then going shopping for fabric and spending hours making something special for themselves is a lovely thought…even when it doesn’t quite seem to turn out the way they might have intended.
This frock is a fine example of what I’m talking about.
I’m not quite sure what happened here.
It sort of looks like someone didn’t quite follow the directions that came with the pattern, as some parts of this dress weren’t put together right.
Also, whoever made the original dress seems to have cut the fabric along the bias, which made it stretch in weird ways that weren’t altogether comfortable.
It’s okay…I can work with it. 🙂
First, I put the dress on my dress form to get it a bit more nicely fitted.
There was no zipper or anything, so I made sure to not make it so fitted that I couldn’t wiggle into it.
I put each side through my machine, then cut off the extra fabric.
The neckline hadn’t been sewn down in parts, so I decided to just use that as an excuse to make it into a nice wide V.
I stitched the new neckline down, then restitched a few other seams that were coming undone.
I think that awkward frock is much improved now!
My new dress was perfect for an evening cookout with some lovely friends. 🙂
After the cookout, I headed off to see The Woggles!
It was an awesome show, and if you get a chance to see them, you definitely should!
You might also enjoy this handmade dress refashion!