I’ve been informed that I have a tendency to dress a bit like an old lady. And that this is not a good thing. So when I nabbed this dress from a bag of my Grandma’s clothes heading out to Goodwill to keep for myself, I knew I’d probably need to youth it up a bit or risk looking like a Grandma (in my Grandmother’s dress, no less.)
I tend to dress modestly, not because I’m necessarily super modest. Sure, there are certain parts of my body I’m insecure about (like my thighs) and times when I don’t feel too sexy and don’t want to flaunt anything. But given the opportunity, I like to get a decked out like the next woman.
But my personal style choices for day to day, such as the hemlines and cut of my clothes are more due to practicality. I used to wear pencil skirts a lot. I love pencil skirts and they love me. But I’ve learned I just can’t move in them. And there is no way I can remain classy while picking beans in a mini skirt. Or yank weeds in a low cut top. And when I sew? I look similar to the lint filter in the dryer by the time I’m done.
This older dress would have been easier to do things in if kept as is was but even I knew it was too old for me. So, as you can see, I shortened it quite a bit. And cut off the sleeves and took in the sides. I’m quite happy with it. It’s got a lovely print in a cotton fabric and a stretchy waist. And pockets!
Tomorrow, I’m hoping to post how I do a blind hem (which might be one of my favorite sewing techniques.)
dress – secondhand and altered
belt – from another dress
bracelets – gifts
ballet flats (which you can’t even see in these photos) – eBay
Title inspiration – “Summer Begs” Sarah Jaffe