I found this fabulous vintage dress at the thrift store for $12!
The waist and length were perfect. The bodice, well, not so much.
I think Jane Mansfield may have worn this!
(Please disregard the mess in the background ~ this is our basement. What a mess!)
A quick alteration was in order...
First, I slipped it on, inside-out, and pinned it along each side, from the arm holes, down to the waist. Then I took it off and with a water-soluble pen, marked a line to sew:
I'm not sure what the fabric is (it feels like cotton but must be some sort of blend), but since it doesn't really fray, with pinking shears I snipped along the edges where I sewed the new seams:
I love the tag! Pat Perkins was a dress manufacturer during the 1950's and 1960's.
Daughterlypoo snapped these pictures of me arriving at the train station in NYC to visit her:
I'm definitely treasuring this dress!