Friday, September 4, 2015

The One in the Pink Dress

So I've been doing this whole wearing dresses and skirts thing, and finding it all very comfortable and lovely, but I've had this pink dress sitting in my wardrobe staring at me....and I've been staring back at it wondering what on earth I'm going to do with it.

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....
....and it's lovely...and it's cotton with some sort of stretchy flavour going on...and it's super comfortable.....BUT....it was just so......well.....PINK!!!!!  However after the 'almost a month' from the initial order, and waiting and fluffing about with emails and credits and such I decided to just hang on to it.

Hmmmmm......

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.
So, now it has a line of paler pink spotty fabric around the hem, and what I think turned out to be a pretty sweet collar.  I also made a fabric covered button for the centre, which I thought tied it all in nicely (as well as hides the slight unevenness of where the left and right collars end!)
It was slow, and cutting in to fabric is slightly terrifying for some reason, but I figured I'd be like the tortoise out of 'The Hare and the Tortoise' and work on the theory that slow and steady was going to 'win the race' and not 'stuff up the dress!'  Good theory.

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?





16 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see this on! This totally looks like you bought it off of ModCloth. Love their stuff, just a bit pricy. (: Give yourself a little more credit though! This is lovely! Have a great weekend Amber! (:

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    1. Thanks Kiki! I actually still haven't got around to trying this pink dress on with it's new additions. Why am I so busy??!

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  2. That dress is so pretty, I love the little collar details.

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    1. Totally trial and error, but thankfully without any errors in the collar part. That would have been totally noticeable...and the whole time I was thinking "if I stuff this I've ruined a perfectly good dress!"

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  4. The collar adds soooo much here. What a marvelous "upgrade", so to speak.

    Big hugs & many happy wishes for September,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I think it made it more wearable, that's for sure.

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  5. Really cool transformation! I think it looks a lot nicer with the added extras. You've done it really well, I'm quite rubbish at things like that! I have altered a few things though like big baggy shirts into straps tops and things like that. Great post.
    Much love, Daisy x

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    1. Wow, I'm impressed with your altering shirts into little tops. That would take some skill. Adding a collar sounds like nothing compared to that!! Well done!

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  6. That upgrade is so cute! I love the collar
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  7. WOW Amazing!! It does look like a true ModCloth dress. I agree that the pink was quite BAM in your face and now it's totally still that way, but I think easier to wear and pull off in an everyday setting. I love the dress you've created!!! Way to go Amber!!

    MUCH LOVE!!

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    1. Thank you. The big block of pink would have freaked me out. Bright pink always scares me but I think I can manage it!

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  8. I like to think of certain dresses as full of potential and a great starting point for something awesome. I love the improvements you made to this one!

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  9. You have hit the ball outta the park with this alteration. Rock on, Amber, no holds barred, you're on the way to happy-dress time. Enjoy the wearing and shoot us a pic or two if you don't mind; I want to see it on you.

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