Do you remember this yellow dress I wore to the library? I loved several things about the dress, but I also was drowning in it even at 9 months pregnant. I decided at 99 cents it was ok to take it to my own personal chop shop, and make some alterations to it.

thrifted yellow dress

I started by measuring about how long I wanted to dress to be from the waist down. Since, the skirt of the dress is very full I needed to make sure I angled the tape measure when I was marking out where to cut.

The next step was to cut in a curve along my pre-measured markings. altering a thrifted yellow dress

The next alteration step is to hem the dress, however, I am currently skipping this step. I want to make sure I don’t need to cut off more once the baby bump is gone. Also, the top is a bit big, but my wide, white belt cinched it up just fine.

thrifted yellow dress with white belt.

Other alterations needed, but I don’t have a working sewing machine to make.

  • The sleeves need shortened and taken in a bit.
  • The waist will need to be adjusted too once the baby arrives.

I love vintage dresses and even vintage, inspired dresses. However, I shed a tear when I see one that has been chopped so short that the wearer’s derrière is about to peak out with each step. Worse yet, they are sporting tacky, trashy, and/or horribly mismatched  under garments. This feeling goes with modern pieces too.

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I’m not saying you should never be allowed to hem vintage items, or any clothing for that matter. Sometimes, it is a necessity to provide proper fit to not only flatter the person wearing it. It can also help maintain the life of your new treasures. Nobody wants to see your skirt drag on the ground, or you develop nasty stains on the hem of your new to you pants suit. Check out Wearing It on My Sleeves, she does a great feature that displays her thrifted finds remade.

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A nice, little reminder for those that do choose to wear your dresses and skirts short. Invest in a pair of bicycle shorts or even a pair of denim cut-offs. The cut-offs can actually look really cute with the right dress. You can leave them long to add a more distressed element to your outfit, or roll them up so they don’t show while still covering your backside.

 

Now there are some eras that the dresses were already on the short side, or you snag a piece that has already been shortened. Yes, if I happen along one of those pieces you can bet I will wear it with pride. However, like this piece here I styled it for spring with leggings and cute flats.

Here What is your take on altering vintage pieces? What are your ways of making pieces that are too short more appropriate?

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I’m trying my best to get more outdoor pictures for the blog. These pictures were easier to take, because, I had my wonderful husband along to play photographer. It makes it easy to pose for the camera when someone is behind it. Coming up soon I have lots of ootd’s self-photographed by yours truly out on location. I must say, I’m not as happy with them as I am when Nate takes my picture. I recently read IFB’s post Three Tech Tips for Blog photos, and I’m trying to get the handle of using my camera on manual mode instead of automatic.

It doesn’t help I’m being forced into mastering the manual mode, because, the old lens from our 35mm isn’t auto focusing all the time. Ugh…it’s always something.

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Button Up-Husband’s Closet, Tank Top-Forever 21,

Shorts-Motherhood Maternity (altered to taste), Wedges-Target

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