For those of you who love a little "Valley of the Dolls", have I got a dress for you!
This long, loose, rather tent-like number was languishing in the local thrift store and marked at the whopping price tag of $9.00 (Yes, $9 thrift is expensive to us). Although I loved its mint green tone and the silver threaded pattern, it was just too big and boxy to try to rock. But it had potential...
I decided to try hacking it down into something a little shorter. (Think retro-tennis dress). I measured up my leg and decided to chop about 17". (Here's a tip. Always hem from the bottom up, using pins to mark your points. You'll want to pin from the sides as well as the center).
At this point I tried on the dress but still found it a little boxy, so I lifted up the waist line, folded it over, and stitched it down using pins to anchor it in place. Then I hemmed the bottom of the dress and ironed it gently to get a clean finish.
And we couldn't believe the result. A fun, frisky little number for spring 2011. Imbued with bright, retro color and just a hint of 60's flair!
What's that? You wanna see it? Well, then stay tuned for the big reveal this weekend!