"Day at the fair" dress
An afternoon of thrift store browsing yesterday brought some exciting and inspiring discoveries. I will be reconstructing many of these beauties over the next few blogs.
On today’s agenda was this dress…
It looks like it belongs in a production of State Fair.
Maybe it was inspired by 1940s Kentucky Derby fashion. I can’t explain why, but the Kentucky derby was what first popped into my mind when I saw this dress.
This dress was huge and just absolutely atrocious, but I loved the lavender and white stripes and the belt.
It is definitely a product of the 80’s—complete with the thick shoulder pads, which were removed immediately, along with the huge collar.
Once I removed the shoulder pads, I saw that there was another pad of just fabric to give the sleeves even more puff action.
So, rather than do a bunch of seam ripping, I just chopped the bad boys off. While I was at it, I chopped some of the length of as well (maybe I can create a little ruffle along the neckline with the excess fabric in the future).
The dress is a wrap style, with hooks and eyes rather than ties. I decided that I wanted to leave it that way.
Since I had to cut the collar off, I had to reattach the hooks and eyes once I finished the edges of the surplice neckline. Then, there was the matter of taking the sides in a bit, and shaping the bodice portion into a nice surplice tank style. This meant cutting the top portion of the bodice off, creating a new shoulder seam and moving the armholes down.
Once everything was shaped, cut and pinned, I sewed it all up and finished the edges. I also added a gather at the shoulders.
Now… on to the belt. It was much too big to do any good. First, I had to open up the seam of the belt in the center, measure and cut as much off as needed.
Then I sewed the right sides back together.
Next, I folded the belt back together (wrong sides together), and sewed the seam back up.
Voila! This dress is ready for a fun summery day, and perhaps, a day at the fair. 🙂