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I loved the mint green of this dress when I Goodwill'ed it this past winter.
There were some spottage issues as well as this going on...
Lots of snaps with no partners and some hook and eyes with just a hook or just an eye.
Oh, and can we chat about this...
Yeah, we've got some work to do!
I trimmed the dress to remove those not-so-cute rusty marks first thing, and left it at about knee length! I tackled the front closures of the dress next. There were some on the left side and none on the right, and vice versa, so I just removed them and streamlined it all.
I took off the scattered non matching rusty snaps and hook and eyes...
...and replaced them all with new snaps. There were threads in place of where the old hooks/snaps were so it was easy using those as markers where to put the new snaps down. I actually liked the idea of the front of the piece only using snap closures, just for security!
The seams were coming undone in many places on this dress. The seam down the back? Open. The seam along the side of the body? Open. Some seams on the arms? Open.
I'm not sure if this thread was just super old, or of trés bad quality, but this dress looked like a tornado had struck. I came in like FEMA, but in my case GEMA (Garment Emergency Management Agency) and stitched up those holes!
I wanted to add a little character to the front of the dress, so I pulled some gorg floral ribbon from my collection. I did a quick iron over as it got a bit crinkled in my box o'ribbon...
...and began to pin in place. I followed the neckline and continued the ribbon down the front of the dress.
With my ribbon pinned, I sewed it in place!
I loved the idea of keeping the sleeves long, just to be able to cinch them at will, however I was feeling the heat.
I had the vapors and the giggles in the new camera lighting!!
Fans are a-blazin' tonight in my hot casa, that is for sure!! Stay cool!!