I’m not gonna lie to you guys. Today’s piece is NOT a thrift store item. It’s brand spankin’ new, right out of , where I work most Saturdays.
That being said, it WAS super-duper on sale. With the sale price paired with my employee discount, this kaftan came to somewhere around $5. Whatevrah. I can splurge every now and then if I want to. And, I’m about to make it look like another dress that costs a whopping $350!
As my plans for the evening did not include handing out flowers at the airport, the length had to go!
Then, I needed to take it in a smidge. As this dress doesn’t have a zipper, and I really didn’t feel like adding one, I had to be super-careful. I needed to take it in just enough to make it more fitted, but not too fitted, so it could slip on over my head. I took in in about an inch on each side, including the arms. First I pinned…
Then, I ran each side through my machine.
Then, I sewed a hem in the lining, as well as the top part. I didn’t take in the lining, as it was very sheer and light and wasn’t going to bulk up the dress as-is. I made sure to make the hem of the lining fall a few inches above the hem of the top part.
Now I needed to deal with those sleeves. I didn’t like them being all long and in the way, so I made them into 3/4 sleeves. Muuuch better!
I was kind of sad to see the bead work on the ends of the sleeves go. However, after a quick glance at that very bejeweled neck, I knew I had all the beading I could handle already. :)
I sewed the raw edges of those sleeves under, pressed everything, and was good to go!
Now, I had a festive dress to wear for my friend, Eric’s birthday cigars/drinks/dinner extravaganza! :)
I think my tunic dress rivals this much more expensive version…
Embellished neckline? Check. Above the knee? Check. 3/4 sleeves? Check. Only mine was $343 cheaper. Ha!
I didn’t realize a delightful cigar lounge, was so close to my neighborhood! I’ll definitely be coming back. Great staff and selection!