My second thrift store project for the week began as the dress below.
For some reason, even when I stood stock-still, the pattern blurred in most of the pictures.
It has four buttons at the waist, but they’re pretty difficult to see.
I picked this dress off the rack because of the purple and white floral pattern and the little buttons at the waist. I didn’t like the huge sleeves or weird length, but those would be easily remedied.
The first step in the reconstruction process was the traditional removal of the shoulder pads.
Next, I took off the sleeves and a chunk from the bottom of the dress.
The zipper was unnecessary since the back of the dress had elastic smocking at the waist, and removal of the zipper made it easier to create a new neckline.
I took the dress in about 1.5” on each side, created new shoulder seams and armholes, and sewed up the back where the zipper once was.
From the old sleeves I created new ones, sewing three pleats at the top of each sleeve and attaching them to the new armholes.
The leftovers from the sleeves will make really cute cap sleeves on something in the future.
I finished the neckline, with a little box pleat in the center, and hemmed the bottom of the dress.
I donned my new frock and decided to title it, “The Purple Panache Dress,” because I seem to be incapable of displaying any literary adeptness aside from alliteration as of late. 😉
On an unrelated note:
Another blogger wrote about this article that she recently came across (from the New York Times), and I had to share it. The article is about a woman who turned a hunting cabin on her property, into a little cottage for herself.
What girl wouldn’t want something like this? The gal renovated and furnished the cabin for $3000. How cool is that? The process of creating a space like this would be just as enjoyable as the finished product.
There are more photos of the inside of the cabin on a slide-show you can get to through the article link. They’re amazing!
Hmmm… The next time hubby and I talk about the big shop he’s going to have when we settle down on some land, I may have to mention building my own little getaway. 😉