It’s been a while since I shared a DIY refashion with you all.
Being parted from my in-house ‘tog and refashion guru (Mama Vintage) a good portion of my vintage stash, my sewing machine and endless supplies of wonderweb made doing more of these regularly pretty tricky.
In between scoffing mouthfuls of Easter egg, not to mention having put away a sizeable Sunday roast, yesterday I convinced mum to forgo a couple of hours in front of the TV watching Carry On re-runs and instead help me turn this maxi dress into a more versatile wardrobe piece.
I picked this Sandy Shaw-esque dress up from the ‘Beside The Seaside’ vintage fair at Haigh Hall last July for the princely sum of £5.
Regular readers will know my love of taking the over-sized and ugly and transform them into chic numbers.
The difference with this one is that it fit like a dream in the bodice and was a pretty amazing piece as it stood.
My only concern was the fact that I wouldn’t get much out of it in its current state and instead treated it as a fancy dress piece that I wouldn’t feel confident wearing.
Some could easily have chucked it on as it was and feel and look amazing (Vix of Vintage Vixen springs to mind!) but if it’s not something I’d feel confident wearing it’s no good to me.
Instead I felt like I was raiding the dressing-up box and looked more dippy than hippy.
In a bid to make it a more versatile piece I decided to lose a decent chunk from the length while maintaining those uh-mazing sleeves.
In terms of a DIY it’s fairly straightforward:
- Identify where you want your new hemline, add a couple of inches as hem allowance, pin and then cut off the excess material.
- Sew or wonderweb your new hemline.
- Press all over.
- Wear with pride and pose for a ridiculous number of pictures!
Within a couple of hours I was left with this:
It’s still got the impact but is a statement piece I’d be happy to throw on when meeting the girls for cocktails without thinking that people were wondering why they’d let a hippy druid into the place.
I’m a big fan of red and white colour combinations but it’s even more fitting given that cherry and white are Wigan Warriors’ colours… though I can imagine getting a few looks if I rocked up to the rugby in this!
I’m even co-ordinating with the 30mph speed limit sign…
For me this dress works much better as a mini, and I know I’ll get heaps more wear out of it now than in its former state.
Striking a pose….!
And if a nifty refashion like this wasn’t enough I topped off the day with pizza, prosecco and BBC’s Poldark. Bliss!
What did you get up to over Easter? Any refashioning plans of your own this Bank Holiday Monday?
1970s dress: Vibrant Vintage at Haigh Hall, £5
Suglasses: New York gift shop, $6
Heels: Aldo, £35