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DIY Frumpy to Fabulous 60s Vintage Dress

Posted by Helen le Caplain Oxfam Fashion blogger

29th Apr 2013

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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 

Dress
Scissors
Safety pins
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Iron
Wonder web
Tape measure (optional)

        

STEP ONE

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.

STEP TWO

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.

STEP THREE

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.

STEP FOUR

Using straight pins mark out the new hemline, on the wrong side of the material, until it's straight. 

STEP FIVE

Once the hem's in place, trim off any excess material.

STEP SIX

Press the seams with a hot iron.

STEP SEVEN

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.


STEP EIGHT

Turn the dress the right side up and press the hemline to ensure the wonder web has bonded and the hem is straight.

STEP NINE

If you wish to alter the sleeves, repeat steps four - seven on each side.

STEP TEN

Press the entire dress for a neat finish.

The 60s beehive and chandelier earrings are optional!


Blog post written by Helen le Caplain

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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