Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy Alteration for a Vintage Dress

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!


Missy Shay said...

Your dress looks great! Vintage dresses are so much fun!

LBP said...

I LOVE that dress! I am so glad you were able to alter it to fit you, it looks great.



Marlynne said...

So sweet! You really look good in it!

veg-o-matic said...

Pat Perkins always supplied the dresses on "The Honeymooners."

harriette said...

Your dress is so fun!! What a great find and a great project, looks super cute!!