Thursday, June 7, 2012

the mending continues...

i mentioned in the last post, i think, that i purchased a size 2X dress from the thrift store that i was going to re-design so that it would fit my size 8-10 body. it's not as easy a project as i thought it would be. it took me 3 days just to take most of the seams apart and remove the sleeves. i did make a smaller sleeve and basted it on to see how it would work. it's ok but i think i'm going to redo it and make it a straight cuffed sleeve instead of the gathered look pictured here. just below the waist, there is a band that i'm going to embellish with lace and embroidered bits and pieces. it's just in pieces now and will be narrower after it's all stitched. the dress is slightly gathered in the back with a huge long tie that i will shorten and just fasten  with a home made button. here's just a peek at what it looks like so far. i'm working on this project as part of Jude's Contemporary Boro class.

the dress as purchased with long, wide sleeves that tied with bows at the cuffs.

the side seams have been taken in, and a new sleeve was constructed. the embroidered lace pieces are covering a band just below the waist...not yet stitched down and incorporated within the garment, so it will be a bit narrower.

stopped in at the thrift store this morning and 3 items came home with me...

that cap is made with a beautiful embroidered linen and it's brand new. the tags were still on it. also picked up 3 cotton napkins that will be perfect for dyeing and embroidery and a wool scarf.

20 comments:

Notjustnat said...

The dress is going to be gorgeous after you done. Isn't thrift store a treasure? What a cute cap. I can see some of your embroidery on the band! Enjoy Nat

Lois Evensen said...

What great finds! That is quite a project to resize a dress, especially that MANY sizes. I look forward to seeing the finished product. :)

Ms. said...

No matter what the difficulty, your persistence will pay off--that dress is the most beautiful blue! Nice finds at the thrift too. Good for you.

Rachel said...

It's going to be a charming dress when it's done, and no danger of meeting anyone else wearing the same thing!

kaiteM said...

Fab thrift shop finds, i went to one also today and found a silk scarf for Mum and a felted hat which i can play with. Enjoy your weekend.

ali said...

Sweet hat! Very quirky-cute--love it.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

besides what i said over at the forum, i think the finds are great. the cloth for dyeing should work out great. (and just wanted to add, next time you go you should look for those white gloves - for old times!)

Nancy said...

Very nice Deanna...such skill and vision!

woman with wings said...

Oh Deanna, I hope you show this process step-by-step, it is going to be quite a transformation. What I have to work with is big on me, too, not quite like yours is but still looser than I'd wear. Did the embroidered band come already on the dress or is that yours? You've gotten me in the mood for thrift shopping with your goodies!

Joan@CopperCreeker said...

i hope you do show follow ups of the dress. it looks to be very interesting.
great thrift shop goodies :0)

MulticoloredPieces said...

That dress is so much fun! I love upcycling! And speaking of upcycling--your jacket is pretty spectacular! Lovely stitching and colors.
best, nadia

karen said...

Oh Deanna, I adore what you are doing to the dress and am so envious that you have that kind of skill. Your other finds are amazing too, especially the bonnet....

Anita said...

Deanna,
I'm sure this dress will look gorgeous after you finish.Great finds at thrift store.That cap is so beautiful.Are those buttons embroidered or crocheted? Looking forward to see your dyed napkins.I love the fact that you are doing natural dyeing...

Dee said...

nice haul! the scarf was a real find. will you post pictures of the re-vised re-sized embellished dress on?

deanna7trees said...

i will post a picture of me in the dress if i can find someone to take the picture. i don't really have a good full sized mirror where i can do it myself.

Vicky aka Stichr said...

i really like the yellow jacket deanna! [posted the message here where there weren't as many comments]

handstories said...

the new waist band is a wonderful idea. i love the different textures & stripes of it all.

Drucilla Pettibone said...

i am so excited to see what you do with the waistband! i'm always looking for something to do with bits of vintage lace and embroidery. another vote for showing every little step of your process! and another bravo for your skill and vision :)

Dee said...

BTW, the lace and hankie line up for the waist band looks lovely.

blandina (aracne) said...

Good, I am an 8-10 too, so I can try the finished dress, should we finally meet!

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