Since I didn't have time to get an outfit shot of what I wore out on New Years Eve, I decided to wear it again yesterday and take some pics. Luckily, the party we went to was casual. I would have looked a little ridiculous prancing around the Goodwill yesterday in full evening attire ;)
And what better way to ring 2009 than while wearing this little green dress, my favorite thrift find of 2008!
This coat had been hanging in my closet, unworn, since I found it at the flea market in the Spring. It was originally about 6 inches longer and had a really weird boxy shape that wasn't very flattering.
I folded the hem in on itself twice which just happened to be where the unseen zipper ended and pinned it there months ago. This brought it to just the right length, but my lack of confidence in my sewing machine operating skills and what to do about the fact that part of the hem folded up over the zipper, kept me from finishing the job.
I ended up hand sewing the folded hem to the inner lining and just stopped before the zipper so I could fold back the flap to zip the coat, this part is hidden anyway, and the stitching remains unseen. It took awhile to stitch, which is one of the reasons I didn't have time to take pictures (in true Missa form I waited till the last minute to perform the alteration). But, I love the way it turned out!
When I purchased the coat for 5 bucks, I assumed it was vintage. When I got it home and took a close look at the tag though, it struck me as more modern. A little internet sluething and I discovered that 'Elevenses' is a brand that makes vintage inspired pieces sold exclusively by Anthropologie. So, an Anthro coat for 5 bucks... not bad!
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