DIY Frumpy to Fabulous 60s Vintage Dress
Helen le Caplain Oxfam Fashion blogger
29th Apr 2013
I unearthed this gorgeous vintage dress on my latest charity shop outing and, even though it was too big and a little on the frumpy side, I saw the potential that this little beauty had.
There's been something of a 60s revival on the catwalks in many designers' Spring/Summer 2013 collections, so it seemed the perfect time to channel the likes of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Pattie Boyd and take the hemline high.
YOU WILL NEED
Tape measure (optional)
Put the dress on and, using safety pins, mark where you want the new side seams and hemline to be to adjust the length and shape of your garment.
NOTE: You may prefer to use a tape measure to work this out, but I gauged it by sight.
Take off the dress and allowing for a 1" seam allowance, tack together the new side seams. Once you're happy with how it looks and feels, stitch from the armhole down to the hem on each side.
Cut off the required length across the bottom, allowing for a couple of inches when making it up. I initially removed about 8" of fabric, with a view to taking a couple more inches off by the time I'd finished.
Using straight pins mark out the new hemline, on the wrong side of the material, until it's straight.
Once the hem's in place, trim off any excess material.
Press the seams with a hot iron.
Starting from one side take out the straight pins and fix the hem using wonder web. Do this all the way round until the entire hem is secure.
Turn the dress the right side up and press the hemline to ensure the wonder web has bonded and the hem is straight.
If you wish to alter the sleeves, repeat steps four - seven on each side.
Press the entire dress for a neat finish.
The 60s beehive and chandelier earrings are optional!