A few weeks ago my regular, aimless, lunch-break wanderings led to my barrrrrrrgain vintage discovery within the dark but wonderful corners of a local vintage shop.
Squashed onto a tiny rail packed between a few knit cardigans and chiffon shirts was this BEAUTIFUL little black dress.
A figure pleasing strapless dress with a striking lace neck piece and sleeves - perfect! However as with all vintage clothes, this piece needing updating... UPCYCLING.
Vintage cuts never quite cut it (painful pun, sorry!) in modern day. The hemlines and lengths can be obviously old-fashioned and the fit can accentuate all the wrong parts. So, I grabbed my scissors, thread and (not literally this time) my sewing machine.
About an hour later I had a subtly re-vamped black dress...
The hemline was shortened to a much more flattering 21st century shape and the gothic over-kill sleeves were snipped away.
The sleeves fall beautifully, copying the pretty 'lampshade' shape of the skirt part of the dress. I'm still undecided on whether to keep this shape or add darts to the skirt, creating a more sophisticated silhouette. What do you think?
I'm really pleased with this; a practical, timeless LBD, unique to myself for £10!
Thank you for reading, I hope this has helped you open your eyes and think forward when looking at un-shapely vintage dresses, there's potential in (almost!) anything.
p.s please look at for a future post involving the cuttings of the sleeves, think hats and the 1920's!