Friday, December 4, 2009

My Vintage Dresses.

Watching other bloggers successfully shortening their vintage dresses into cute, quirky statement pieces has been making me itch to turn scissors on my own little collection. I have a local source where I routinely pick up cute little vintage dresses for around $8, but I struggle with how to minimize their dowdiness. I'm slapping my forehead that I never considered shortening them!

I'm currently debating whether to take them to a professional tailor or to make puppy eyes at my sewing-whiz mother, but first I wanted to ask for some advice- how high do I go? Also on the list- get a less blurry camera!







This one looks great with a belt.



This grey one probably won't get cut. It's too damn cute. The waist cinches in pretty tight, you just can't see it under the flap. Reminds me of dresses my mom's mom wears.



This one actually might get purged. It's one of my favorites, and it's been hanging as decoration in my apartment for months. I was really surprised when I tried it on for this photo and it nearly strangled me. It is tiny on top.



This last one I just bought today. I love it even at the length it's at. Seven dollars, can you imagine?

Any advice on where is best to shorten these? A few I might take just above the knee, and one or two I thought about making very short.

14 comments:

  1. The first red one to 3-4 inches above the knee.
    econd white one to just above the knee and the rest are great as is. :-)

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  2. Omg you have such gorgeous vintage dresses!! My favorite is the second to last one. It is stunning. Lucky girl! :) I wish I had tailoring advice for you but I'm a lost cause when it comes to that. Lol. Good luck!

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  4. I agree, go as short as you can stand with the red, and get the white cowl neck just above the knee. The grey and the blue do look cute as they are, but I wouldn't object to raising the grey another inch if you could blouse it more at the waist band.

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  5. short short short! this may be unsound advise, but whenever I have a floaty polyester dress I just hack it off with scissors on the bottom. you may want to be a bit more careful though! thanks for your comment!

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  6. Those are all sweet dresses! I would suggest going pretty short, but not cutting the fabric. If you shorten it by just folding the hem up and stitching you can let it down later if you change your mind about the length. The thing is with really short, you can't go back if you cut!

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  7. I know nothing about hemming dresses, but some of those would be so adorable cut shorter. I buy old lady skirts and turn them into dresses a lot!
    Selective Potential

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  8. Do the high school middle finger test and then make it a finger or so shorter then that :)

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  9. robin considering that i'm a professional seamstress i can hem them for you. ;)
    j

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  10. they're all adorable! the red one is a knockout!

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  11. Vintage dresses are too fun! The red one will be fantastic hemmed much, much shorter - almost scandalously short since it's pretty conservative on top.

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  12. Oh that cream dress! Amazing. If you really want to get rid of it send it to me! I'll squeeze my ass into it :)

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  13. I love vintage dresses, they're always a great length to wear or to shorten.

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