Happy New Year, Everybody!
Around Christmastime, a friend of mine got a text message from his boss. He said he had boxes of vintage women’s clothing and accessories that he didn’t want anymore and wondered if his Refashionista friend would like to take a look at them.
I did. Oh yes. I did.
I ended up scoring some AMAZING vintage formalwear, kimonos, bell bottoms, and accessories!
I was particularly excited about this ’70s formal dress.
That neckline tho! Amirite? WOWZA!
Other than that, this dress was a little too big, and I wasn’t digging that huge long skirt either.
I know some of you are thinking, “Don’t you DARE remove any of that length!”
While this frock photographs really well, yards and yards of scratchy polyester don’t look quite so glamorous in person.
I liked the tag though.
I laid the dress out on my living room floor.
It had a most impressive wingspan.
I then laid one of my favorite and best-fitting little black dress on top of it.
You can see where I’ve outlined the smaller dress in chalk.
I cut along the chalked line, and that’s where the finicky bit began.
I wanted this dress to fit absolutely PERFECTLY, so I actually ended up pinning this onto myself.
It required twisting into positions my yoga instructor would be very proud of.
This took a LONG time to get right.
The fabric was stretchy and tough to get to align correctly on each side. But after a good bit of tweaking, I felt it was ready to go under the needle.
This is all wrong, but it worked out. 🙂 Since my pins were facing the wrong way after I used myself as a dress form, I rolled the other side up and put it to the side. Luckily my machine is made to work for quilting, so it has a big enough space to handle my slackness.
Once each side was taken in, I needed to even out my bottom hem.
Since the back half of me is larger than the front half of me, it went askew in the fitting process. No worries!
And here’s the end result!
I’m quite happy with this one!
But wait…there’s more!
Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking?
But wait! As it was slightly chilly, I covered up in another one of my sweet finds from my friend’s boss…
I had a blast ringing in the new year with my best pals.