ok so is it saving a vintage dress or is it sacrilege? let me know what you think at the end.
I always get a pang of doubt, along with a large dollop of guilt when I take a pair of scissors to a vintage frock. Some precious item that has managed to survive over 50 years, what right do I have to do anything but admire?
Ok there are certain items that just need straight forward mending; replacing a broken zip, re-stitching a seam that has come apart. All these things are fine, along with taking in and letting out when this doesn’t involve doing something that is un-do-able, like cutting up your fabric! This is where I start to wonder ‘should I? shouldn’t I?’
Ok so enough scene setting, at a vintage fair last summer I spotted this little beauty, and when I say little I mean it, a mere 24 waist. Well at the end of the fair it was still there and with price of £15, I was tempted to go closer and take a proper look. The guy manning the store said a couple of girls had tried it on, but no-one fitted into it. He had had it awhile and although stunningly embroidered and made of silk and velvet, no-one wanted it. I looked closer, the seam thread was rotting away, the frog fastening were falling apart, and there was some strange staining on the pink silk. But for £15, I decided the embroidery was worth it alone and I was going to think of it as compassion, not sacrilege and save the dress.
Next was the velvet panel, it had lovely scallop detailing top and bottom that I didn’t want to lose.
But here is the finished frock, so what do you think? I’m glad I did it and when I wore it out I got loads of compliments so I’m pleased with that. Oh and don’t fret that silk has not gone to waste, but into the re-use box, where it will grace some future project.