LEMON DRESS ALTERATION
In short, same girl, ill fitted clothes, new style.
If you haven't read any of the previous post's explaining the purpose of the "Eco-Express yourself, Recycle fashion" series, click right here, or scroll down for a quick repeat after the photos.
In this part of the series, I will go into the value of salvaging clothes and breathe new life into them.
DIY altered lemon printed dress, found online. Unknown brand, and no tag in the dress. See below for before photo and information about the process.
The brown faux leather belt is about 5 years old.
The gold bracelet is about 3 years old.
The white cat eye sunglasses are one and a half years old, and a newer addition to my collection. I like having retro style sunglasses in a few different colors, so that I have one for each base color.
That said, having a system in place doesn't keep you from making the occasional mistake, and this was one of those times.
It was well worth the extra work, and it has now become one of my favourite dresses. When I wore it to my grandmothers 90th birthday, she told me she had one just like it when she was young. That just made this dress even better. There is also something special about finally having the dress you've wanted for so many years, and knowing that it's a dress you want to keep using for a really long time. Thinking quality over quantity has really been a blessing in disguise.
Above: Close-up of the elastic band effect, on the sleeve that was removed.
Top to the left: Before alteration photo of dress.
Above: Close-up of the hand-stitched inside of the armhole with invisible seam, for a seamless outside.
Below: Finished result close-up of arm after the sleeve has been detached.
Bottom to the left: Finished results of altered dress. Sleeves are tied around the coat hanger, and has been sewn together to be used as a hair band or for other usage.
"Getting my hands dirty" and repair, alter, and create my own designes, has done wonders for both my wardrobe and my conscience. Did I mention that sewing is really therapeutic? And not as difficult as you'd think. It's actually the perfect solution to most shopping problems.
The trick is to think of your closet as a collection, and only shop for what's missing. Never just buy something because it's pretty or cool. Take notice of what you really need when roaming through your clothes getting ready, and make a list. This is a good way of preventing that impulse shopping, based on your feelings for that random shiny dress you just got a fleeting crush on (that you'll never get to wear). The key is to build a wardrobe where you can find an outfit for any occasion, without having to go shopping. Even if it's for work, a birthday party, camping, or a wedding. Too many of us have the "I have a hundred party tops, and yet I have nothing to wear" kind of closets. Or, the "I only have work clothes, and nothing fancy". It's all about finding that right balance.
Instead, spare the environment the pollution, and save money on buying long lasting quality items. This way, you can rather spend your money on replacing basics (Also, more left for the occasional splurge on fashion fabs).