You see way back at the start of July (or was it the end of June??) I bought this gorgeous floral number, with a full skirt, which had this extra bit of fabric in the bust...and it looked so beautifully 1950s...and made me feel all girly and whatnot....but it was way too big in said bust area. Wowzer! Anyway, I had no choice but to send this divine creature back and exchange it for something else. So I choose some other bits and pieces, but it was weeks and I hadn't heard (or received anything), so I emailed the store and it turned out that parts of my order were 'on back order' so I decided to just get a credit and choose something else later.
So I did. And I picked out this little number....
I started to worry about said 'Little Pink Number' because it was just so BRIGHT and EYE CATCHING and although I've stepped out past my comfort zone and into the world of non-pants/jeans wearing, I still have my limits....and standing out like a bright pink beacon of hope and glory kind of had me at a stand still.
After some thought I decided to bravely fade it. Deliberately. So I fired up trusty old Google and decided that dyeing it was going to be too extreme (and would probably result in blobs of stain and uneven fading), and figured that washing it in a really hot cycle a few times, plus hanging it out in the sun, could possibly do the trick. Three washes later and my dress was decidedly paler, although still a fairly 'out there' shade for what I was used to. Back in the wardrobe it went.
In the meantime I've been trawling my new favourite website (aka Modcloth) and seeing some cute and classy dresses, and filing those away in my memory bank of "these are on the mental list for when I have some spare cash". However the more I looked the more I realised that some of the designs were similar in silhouette to what I already had in this pink number, except that these dresses all had this little extra 'something'. My mind was made up, and with great trepidation, I decided to break out my new found sewing skills (of which they are considerably lacking in reality), but have a good go at fixing up my dress.
You see what was bothering me was the solid blob of pink. It was just too much pink. I know that sounds weird, because it's a pink dress, but it needed 'breaking up.' Anyway I decided that it needed a little something around the hem, and perhaps a cute collar would give it a lift. After a trip all the way out to Spotlight in Traralgon, I picked out some pale pink spotty fabric and began to tackle my dress. I've never drafted a pattern before, and I probably did it in some sort of random way, but I was very happy with the end result.
Anyway, I am now looking forward to wearing the little pink dress, that was previously lurking suspiciously in the corner of my wardrobe, like something that you know you'll never be brave enough to wear and will one day pounce on you when you are not looking....but I will now happily head out in it....particularly now that Spring is showing it's first signs of appearing and giving us the odd sunny slightly warm day!
Have you ever altered anything in your wardrobe so that you will actually wear it?