I thrifted a phenomenal vintage dress and jacket set for a mere €5!
The only problem?
Measuring 150cm from shoulder seam to hem, it appears to have been originally created for a gorgeous glamazon – as I’m 156cm tall (in shoes) some rather drastic refashioning was in order!
Here’s what I did:
I revisited my Shrink That Dress video tutorial and resized that glorious frock to fit my not-at-all-glamazon-sized proportions.
As the fabric is thick & heavy I decided not to re-attach the sleeves and instead added some groovy doodle stitching (in the same colours as that fabulous bust embroidery) to the arm holes and dress hem.
On to the jacket: I carefully removed the sleeves from the jacket.
Snagged a coat with my desired fit and measured the arm-hole width.
Marked the too-big arm holes…
stitched straight down from my marks…
then chopped off the excess fabric and zigzagged the raw edges to prevent fraying.
At first I thought I’d keep the sleeves of the jacket long so I measured the arms of my template-coat…
but then decided that 3/4 sleeves would look fabulous and chopped the arms even shorter!
I marked the sleeves with that smaller arm-hole width and stitched, trimmed & zigzagged each one.
Popped them into the jacket arm-holes with right sides facing, underarm seams and raw edges lined up.
Stitched, trimmed & zigzagged together…
and my gorgeous glamazonian jacket & frock finally fit moi!
Side note: Berlin is welcoming Spring with chill-your-bones-snow-rain that has the magical ability to instantly curl my painstakingly straightened hair the second I step outside – harumph!