Adjusting a Vintage Dress

A year or two ago, I went to a great swishing event and came home with two vintage dresses. One in brown silk with white polka dots and another bright orange polyester shirt dress. It might sound like a horrid dress, but I felt it had potential and that every vintage dress has a journey to follow.

The orange dress stayed in my ‘needs mending’ bag at the bottom of the wardrobe for quite some time. The length just wasn’t right. Finally I got around to adjusting it.

I started by measuring the hem to see how much I wanted to take the dress up. Then I realised I would need to prepare myself for cutting vintage fabric. *Dread*.

Whilst on, I loosely pinned the hem of the dress and with a friend’s help, decided that just above the knee would be a much more flattering length.

Pinning the hem was actually the most tricky part of this little project as the dress didn’t behave and lay flat. Plus the iron hates this fabric!

I folded a double hem and pinned along the length.

Then I plucked up the courage and cut the excess! I don’t know if anyone else has the vintage cutting fabric fear, but I find it really scary!

I used my sewing machine along the hem being careful to hold the slippy fabric in place as I removed the pins.

The dress has a new shape now it is shorter and I know I will actually wear it now. I will accessorise with a skinny waist belt and gladiator flats if the Spring weather ever brightens up!

Have you ever adjusted vintage pieces? Please share your posts or stories.

Claire x

7 thoughts on “Adjusting a Vintage Dress

  1. I only have a couple of vintage dresses, both have quite sheer fabric so I haven’t had to adjust any yet – but one day who knows! will bookmark this in case!

  2. I wish I had the skill to alter clothes. Often I see vintage things I love but would need to take up or mend and I leave them on the shelf as I know they’d just sit and torture me in my wardrobe. Your finished revamped dress looks great!

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