Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This Kept Me Up All Night

My grandparents are in town for a few days and gramma gifted me this awesome retro dress. I was shocked that it fit , and fell in love with it as soon as it was zipped. The photos are all a different shade because of the variation of "mood" lighting schemes in the house, but it is a lovely peach with tiny black polka dots. And, no, it is not the same color as my skin.

The only problem was the collar. It was very high and gathered and made it look like I had one gigantic boob. So I was inspired to do a little project. That little project kept me up until almost 4 in the morning, sewing the details by hand.

At approximately 1:53 am, I got the idea and started to snip away at the collar. It was pretty easy to cut it straight using the polka-dot pattern as a grid.

Approximately 2.53am, after pinning the fabric down to a pointed collar, I stitched both the outer polka-dot layer and the inner solid layer with a black topstitch. I stitched up the original piping to hide the seam from what used to be the inside of the collar.

I added a shiny, black button to the tip of the v-neck, to hide the stitching there. With the split sleeves, it's quite charming.

By a quarter to 4, I had a fantastic new dress for my collection!

Since it's so difficult to take photos of one's self in dresses, I may have to recruit a helper for the next project. Any volunteers if I promise not to work at 3 in the morning?



Blogger Cheri Pryor said...

Gotta say that I'm LOVIN' the alteration to the dress. Good call. It's adorable...what vintage year would that be, btw? I'm finding things in vintage/second hand stores that *I* wore in Jr. High. Does that make ME vintage? lol! I hope not.

August 15, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger BarefootAdrianne said...

Well, sweetie, vintage is just the best of any given period of time. Therefore, it is possible to be vintage without being an antique ;)

I like to think this dress is a tribute to the 40's. I tried to do victory rolls in my hair when I debuted this dress at a party, but my hair just won't do it. Gotta admire all the work those vintage ladies did you look SO good.

August 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger ADayInTheLife said...

Very cute. So Vogue!

August 29, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

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