This dress was actually the first of my inspirations for dresses to re-style a la New Dress A Day. I found it on my same Salvation Army shopping trip as the green dress.
Now, it is no secret that PINK is my very FAVORITE COLOR. I L.O.V.E, LOVE pink. I was thrilled to pieces to have daughters (two at a time is how we do things!) That’s double the pink and ruffles and pouf. It is Shaun’s least favorite color but he doesn’t say anything anymore.
|Pink Sunset captured by SD!|
SO, when I spied this dress on the rack, I knew it must be mine. Hefty shoulder pads and all. Hefty was the exact adjective for me while wearing the dress too – terrible!
|It was a beaut - but not on me!|
You guessed it, the first thing to get snipped out were those matching shoulder pads – and they were larger than the size of my hand!
Next to go were the sleeves….
|See 'ya Sleeves!|
….and shirt collar. And let’s face it, that was required.
|Go '80's! Go '80's!|
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the neckline – fold the lapel under to make a v-neck, then “pinch and cinch” (Marisa-New Dress A Day trick) to tighten up the neckline/strap area and make it a little more feminine. Marisa usually just cinched with a safety pin for speed, but I decided to sew the pinched gathers permanently. A good chunk of the skirt length needed to go, and I hemmed a new skirt bottom. Hemming will not be a permanent career, I can say that.
|KD assisting with skirt removal|
Now the first time I wore this dress it was to work – with a nice black leather belt and my fave black wedge sandals. What I did not realize was that it was not quite perfect – the v-neck was too low for modesty (which I don’t have much of, so that’s saying something).
|Lots of compliments, too much bra-showing!|
PS, my legs aren't normally THAT washed out.
This took a quick and easy fix – a black modesty patch. And I needed it to be quick. I was wearing this dress at AL and JM’s wedding groom’s dinner the next weekend! I found this scrap of black fabric in the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics for about $1.00. I cut a triangle of fabric, sewed down a ¼” seam at the top of the triangle, and then sewed the black patch to the bottom portion of the v-neck.
|Now that's a perfect neckline! Cheers to my lovely JF!|
SMART TIP: Side note on ‘modesty patches’: I wanted the black patch on this dress to be permanent, so sewing it in was fine with me. However, if you don’t want something permanent, or need a quick fix, try out my new favorite As Seen On TV product ‘Cami Secret’! First, I love As Seen On TV items – thanks Walgreens and Super Target! Second, the ‘Cami Secret’ is great. The lacy portion of the patch clips onto your bra straps, then tucks into your shirt.
FRUGAL-TASTIC: This is my new favorite dress, for less than $2.00! Perfect for our Valentine's Day date!
SIDE NOTE: I have to give a shout-out to AL and JM for having a beach wedding on Lake Superior! It was FAB-U-LOUS! You should see a few pics of that too:
|JF, KK and me - barefoot - awesome|
|SD and me - kids stayed home!|
|AL and LL - I did their make-up, but they gave me beautiful palettes to work with!|
Bride and Groom made all the wine and beer. You Betcha!
|UM YA YA!|