“Smile Granny!” joked my husband.
My mother recently gave me her latest thrift store find, suggesting I might want to do a little something with it.
Hmmm….I was immediately attracted to the beautiful Pantone color of 2013 silk, and then noticed the Razook’s label inside (once an exclusive women’s apparel store).
Deciding what to do with the dress was harder than the remake.
I eventually settled on the following:
- Cut off the sleeves.
- Measured and sewed side seams. The dress had pockets which were discarded.
- Measured new armscye beginning 2 ½ inches out from the neck edge. Starting at the top of the shoulder I graded the new armscye to a ½ inch adjustment.
Until this point I wanted to remake the dress as a dress, but no longer.
4. Cut off 15 inches of length and made bias strips with the discarded fabric.
5. Finished the armholes with new bias strips.
The dress had a gathered yoke in the back and forward gathered shoulder seams making fitting easy. No darts to worry about!
I left the neckline alone and really like the asymmetrical, curved buttoned opening.
When worn with a sweater I can even wear it to church and meetings, but for now Granny wants to wear it to Hubby’s annual holiday dinner party!