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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Enlarging a Vintage Dress

So I've started undertaking the task of enlarging my vintage dress. Now that I'm putting this much work into it, I'm starting to wonder if I should wear it to my Retro Prom Birthday Party. It would save me the hassle of trying to sew a dress.

I really only need one new dress this season. I can wear it to my birthday party, our friends' wedding in April, our other friends' wedding in May, our other friends' wedding in July, and our other friends' wedding in September. They are all very separate groups of friends, so there will be little to no guest overlap. I can totally get away with wearing the same dress. Plus, the shoes I wore to my wedding will coordinate perfectly.

Wow. Do I sound like a Depression-era individual or what?

I also need to find a crinoline/petticoat. I'm not sure what the difference is. What do you think about the one pictured here? Is it similar to the one under the yellow dress?

(Editor's Note: I am officially obsessed with that dress! Someone help me...)

Enlarging it is a little more difficult than I imagined. I keep going at it with my seam ripper. The fabric loves to fray. I try it on every few minutes, hoping that I've done something to make it big enough to fit. No luck yet!

I've even started detaching the skirt from the bodice. I hope I don't go too far out on a limb...I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it back together (that Humpty Dumpty song is coming to mind).

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Hadeel said...


A petticoat for you! Ebay is also an awesome resource for finding vintage crinolines and petticoats in more than just white.

Good luck on your dress endeavor!

AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

I love that dress too :)

Anonymous said...

I have heard of adding fabric to a dress. Would it be possible to add some subtle flair by adding newer fabric?

V. Wetlaufer said...

I always thought that a crinoline had the poufy tulle on it and the petticoat was just a slip w/o the crinoline. I don't know, though.

Good luck on the dress! I like following along with your DIY projects.

Ms Bear Cub said...

Maybe this could help you out for a 50s style dress?

love-v said...

I don't know if I'm too late, but in the spirit of reusing I'd be willing to let you borrow my petticoat. I've used it several times, under costumes and with a 50s style dress myself. If you haven't already found something, we could arrange shipping via USPS. Let me know!


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