Sunday, 27 June 2010

Scissor Happy

The lovely white dress that I bought from Dorothy Perkins has arrived. I was a little disappointed at first because it didn't suit me. The sleeves plus the volume of the skirt just looked a bit much for someone as short as me. But the white cotton fabric was so lovely I couldn't bear to send it back. Instead I decided to customise it by chopping it up with a pair of dressmaking shears that I recently unearthed from the back of my wardrobe. The perfect little project to do sitting on the sun lounger in the garden during a rare hour or two I had to myself. I was a little apprehensive about chopping up a brand new dress (as was Mr Style Eyes) in case I ruined it but in the end was really pleased with the result.

Here is how it looked to start with.

remove dress sleeves First I trimmed off some of the excess material and folded the material inwards to the shoulder seam and pinned in place.
Then I hand stitched along the arm seam on the inside of the dress to create a sort of mini puffed sleeve. I have used the sewing machine but couldn't be bothered to get it down from the cupboard, plus I wanted to sit outside in the sunshine.
making shorter sleeves broiderie anglais summer dress The finished dress! Apologies for the slightly grainy pictures. I have accidently changed one of the settings on my camera and I am still working out how to change it back.
I also think this dress will work much better with a bit of a sun tan (I am working on it).
Customised dress - Dorothy Perkins
Suede bag - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Karen Millen (many years ago)
Necklace - Etsy


Cherry Pullinger said...

That looks great!

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I thought it looked fine to begin with but it is better after, you did a great job!

English Rose ♥ said...

You look lovely!

Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling =]

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

Style of a Fashionista said...

You did a good job and I can see why you did not want to send it back. xoxo

Harriet said...

Wow, it was a lovely dress to begin with, but I think you made it so much more flattering and pretty with your modifications, I am in awe of your fashion skills!

* Reena Rai * said...

Great job, that dress is perfect for summer

Laura Kim Connell said...

What you did with it made it so much sexier! You are pretty handy. You might like a blog called New Dress A Day on wordpress. Everyday she takes a thrift store find and transforms it into something lovely.