I had no hesitation putting this into the changing room when I found it on the racks at my favourite vintage store:
I whisked it on over top of the dress I was wearing and gasped OMG it’s perfect!
Even though it was a size too big.
That’s easily fixed, I sew – right?
Even though it was a fabric composition resembling Crimplene.
That’s alright, I can still wear it in spring, and autumn, and winter…
Even though it had a stain on the CF chest.
That is not good.
That’s not exactly where you could put a brooch either.
I wonder if it will wash out.
I took the risk.
The stain came out with a quick rinse in Wool Mix.
And I’m so happy with my new dress!
Now fuschia is my new favourite colour – to be precise this is the colour of Dark Pink Geraniums! I intended to photograph it in front of our neighbours awesome pink geranium hedge, but it rained and rained and rained and all the geraniums fell off. Which helps explain why our garden is looking so green at the moment! And the umbrella!
I removed the sleeve and took it in a bit, took in the side seams down to my high hip area, then reset the sleeve – basically taking the bodice down a size to fit me. Looking inside you can tell why Crimplene was so popular with manufacturers – they didn’t have to finish the seams!
The thread used in the making of this dress must be pure cotton, and very near the end of its life as it snapped so easily. There is an amateur-but-cute repair in the CB seam where this must have happened to an unsuspecting wearer:
I even found a rusty old pin holding up part of the hem!
It has an old-fashioned lapped zip with a hook and eye closure, and look my Canadian friends – it’s Made in Canada! It also has this union label sewn to the CB seam – I presume this indicates that the manufacturer met union imposed regulations or something.
I’m thrilled with my new find, – isn’t it great when you find something that is really ‘you’? Have you found any gems lately while op-shopping/thrifting? Do share!