Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dressember 2018; Dress 3

Hello Readers. This is the third dress in this series in honor of Dressember, a non-profit organization working to fight human trafficking. Dressember estimates that every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave, 71% are women and girls. We wear dresses all month to represent them.
Today's dress is a vintage find from a clothes swap. This graphic black and white design really caught my eye.

This knit dress fit well but this ruffled collar and these wrist cuffs were way too much for me. I hate things around my neck. I feel like I am being strangled. These seemed like they belonge in a Shakespearean play. "Be gone foul ruffles!"

Look at the cute worm on the tag. I wish he was bigger, he's adorable. And this dress was made in Italy. That had to be good. It seemed to be a vintage dress, I love finding vintage clothing. They are always such unique pieces.

The first thing I did was cut that collar off. There was no way I would wear it with that collar. I thought a V-neck would open the whole dress up a little. I also cut the sleeves to 3/4 length. This print design is so strong, I thought a little less of it might be better.

I cut off some of the length at the bottom and gave it a new hem too. I wanted it to be knee length.

 Here is a look at all the scraps I cut off. I wound up cutting more off the bottom than you see in this picture. But you can get the gist of it.

I liked this dress in the new simpler form. I think the bold fabric is great without big ruffles. The dress is simpler and the fabric gets to be the star.

Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


stitchinkitchen said...

that is a great refashion!

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks for the comment and I am glad you liked it. :)

Anonymous said...

You’ve got to google Goldworm. Your dress was most definitely vintage and quite possibly valuable. Regardless, I really like your refashion...very smart to let the fabric do the talking. Your new dress is flattering.

I Can Work With That said...

It never feels 100% right to alter vintage pieces. But if I know I wont wear them as is, it makes me feel better about it. And the collar on this dress was going to drive me crazy. Shortening the sleeves was almost a necessity because of my short arms.
Happy sewing to you!