When my friends and I made plans to meet up for Main Street’s monthly art crawl, I realized I didn’t have a thing to wear! I decided on this:
The weird thing about this piece is that it actually fits me perfectly. Beneath that flouncy top layer is a fitted dress. I like to think this is a late 70’s-early 80’s Mother of the Bride dress. I hope she was a nice mother-in-law and that the kids are still going strong. ;)
Upon closer inspection, I found this label which I think is pretty cool.
I know a lot of larger department stores used to have their own brands, but somehow I hadn’t yet seen a JC Penny frock before.
This is a simple one, you guys. I could have removed that top flouncy layer and turned it into a perfectly ok maxi dress, but every time I tried to put my scissors to that beautiful wide lace at the waist and sleeves, I just couldn’t do it!
Instead, I took my scissors to the bottom!
I COULD have left the bottom edge raw, as this is a non-fraying polyester, but I had a little time on my hands and I really wanted this dress to look nice & finished, so it got a simple hem.
I feel sort of lame for feeling this way, but one of my favorite parts of is this little scissor button you see here:
Do you hate having to manually snip thread ends? With this you don’t have to. It automatically trims the thread from your work. Right there. Just by pushing a button.
I really don’t know how it works, but it’s pretty amazeballs.
I promise to go into more of the advanced/fancy things this baby can do soon, but you’ve gotta appreciate the little things. Know what I mean?
After a quick press, my dress was ready to get it’s art on!
I styled this one with a set of vintage glass beads, grey tights, and modest patent heels. I think it has a cool 60’s-mod-meets-20’s-flapper look to it, and I’m really glad I saved that lace. :)
I like it from the back too.
I saw some really neat things, including this Day of the Dead display:
A few selfies were taken on my circa 2010 phone as well (no filter, just an old phone). ;)
Come back tomorrow to find out what no-sew solution I came up with for how to use that bottom scrap. Viva la No Waste ReFashion! :)