I had the best luck at the vintage stores I went to yesterday. Not only did I get this awesome dress (which I had to resize, but still) and orange sweater, I also scored a pair of dark blue Dr Martins, in super good condition. And then I got my university results back and found out that I got two High Distinctions in the subjects I really wanted to do well in, which means I can do the advanced neuroscience courses I wanted to do next year! (I'm actually on the way to becoming a real scientist!) I then spent the rest of the night sewing, attempting to alter this dress into something wearable, and succeeded! It was a very good day :)
I also have to let you all know what happened the entire time I was altering this dress. Bomfunk MC's Freestyler started playing over and over in my head, except instead of the main word being "Freestyler", it got replaced with "Restyler". I'm not sure why. Possibly because I'm mad. I embedded the song here for anyone who wants to know what my mad brain subjected me to all night. Luckily I happen to have a massive soft-spot of nostalgia for this song so it really wasn't all bad. I even got into it and started singing along as I was sewing, being a total bad ass mutha-f**ker restyler (from the 90s).
Anyway, here's a before and after shot of my dress! My process of alteration was: making the bodice smaller, shortening the sleeves, removing the shoulder pads, shortening the skirt then bringing in the bodice again with some darts. If anyone who alters vintage dresses has any tips for resizing, I'd love to hear them - I'm really just making it up as I go along and I'm sure there's better techniques I could use! Still, I'm pretty happy with how my dress turned out.
There's no way you could leave a dress with these buttons and collar alone in a thrift store. No way.
dress - Vintage (restyled)
bag - Ebay
shoes - Vintage
socks - Cotton On
clips - The Little Pineneedle
sock cuffs - I made them
hat - c/o Wholesale
p.s. No science fact for today - I haven't stopped, don't worry! I just didn't want this to turn into a monster blog post.