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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Remember that one remaining find I wanted to share? Well here it is, this delicate wisp of a lace dress. Only, when I paid $8 for it at the Welfare League Thrift, it was anything but wispy…
In fact, matronly 80’s-puritan ankle-length formal gown (with a Golden Girls silhouette, as one flickr commenter just pointed out, hitting the nail on the head I think) would better describe what I found hanging on the rack. This just goes to show that a diamond in the rough may be hiding in the most unlikely of places, so always be on the lookout.
The dress was originally made up of two pieces. Step one of the world’s simplest DIY dress transformation (Andie in Pretty In Pink I am not) was to remove this under-piece, leaving the knee-length lace shell.
I’m hanging on to it though, as I have visions of turning that bottom section into a lace skirt, any thoughts on the easiest way to go about doing that are more than welcome.
I wasn’t feelin’ the shape of the tapered sleeves so with a few quick snips of the scissors, off they came and step two was complete. The bib collar hangs over the front and back and completely hides the seams that I cut along so I didn’t even need to be that careful.
If you look closely you can see a second flap of lace that hung down from the bib collar which I thought was a pretty detail and went back and forth about whether to remove it, but in the end…
I preferred the dress with a belt and the extra piece of lace hung low enough that it covered the belt, which looked weird, so off it came and my dress was complete, literally as quick and easy as 1, 2, 3 with no sewing involved!
I like the combination of lace and denim and the way my trusty lil' jacket can give any dress a more casual feel. For those of you who mentioned wanting to find a little cropped denim jacket of your own, mine is actually a thrifted XL GAP Kids jacket, so if you’re small enough, don’t forget to check the kid’s section!
Also, the white vintage full-slip that arrived in Andrea's giveaway package is absolutely perfect under this dress, what perfect timing! Speaking of which, I did indeed pick a winner yesterday for my own giveaway and *drumroll please* the winner (as chosen by the mysterious random number generator) is susan said so! Congrats Susan! I'll be doing some thrifting especially for you this week :)
Since purchasing the lace dress last weekend, it seems like lace is now everywhere, I guess it has been and I’m just now noticing it. I'll leave you with some beautiful lace-spiration to gaze upon, enjoy!