I was thrilled when Planet Claire, a fab online vintage shop, got in touch with me about collaborating and even more thrilled when I discovered this beauty in the shop:
Sure, this vintage dress is an awkward length and has an annoying elastic waist BUT it’s a nearly perfect match for one of my fave 1980’s childhood frocks so I just had to have it:
My new/old dress definitely needed a refashion so let’s take a peek at exactly what I did + how to shorten a dress from the waist:
First, I removed that gross elastic from the waist – it was so old it had started to turn to powder!
Then decided what length I wanted the dress to be and measured and chopped the excess fabric from the middle of the dress which not only allowed me to keep that fabulous graphic on the bottom of the skirt completely intact but also removed that ratty original waist seam, hooray!
I popped the top of the dress into the bottom with right sides facing and raw edges lined up and added a couple of pin tucks to the center of the front and back to shrink the waist and allow the side seams to match up as well.
Then sewed them together – stitching a zigzag over my finished seam for extra strength and to prevent fraying.
A fantastic result that fits perfectly!
I’m quite certain that 10 year old me would be proud!