Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Making a Modest Hemline

Suddenly I realized that I was avoiding a favorite dress because it felt too short.


I took a cue from Eva and added a colored band to the hem.  However, I made the band extra-long, pinned it around evenly, and then just ruffled it as I went along.

My husband opined that I should use a bit of that solid poppy red elsewhere in the dress, so I used the last scrap as a belt.  I was going to sew it to a buckle, but I like the spontaneous nature of the little square knot.

I did not paint my toes to match my dress, but I was amused by the view from my Sunday afternoon nap.
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18 comments:

Jennifer Jo said...

I LOVE the foot shot!

And the dress is REALLY cute.

Eva Girl said...

That is such a great dress! Love the color you chose - poppy red is the best! Could I link back to you from over at my blog? The toes are too cute!

Polly said...

That is a great dress and I love your modification! Where did you find the dress--is it vintage? Or did you make it?

I have sunglasses that are exactly like yours. They may not be the same (mine are from that warehouse of cheap style, target!) but from the distance I could see on the blog they are The Same in every way. I love my aviators and wear them every day.

Susan said...

Annali walked by as I looked at your post ... "She looks VERY pretty!" she said. I agree! ... Susan

beth said...

You did GOOD!

Margo said...

Eva, yes please, a link is nice!

Polly, it's a dress I got for $30 at the beach a few years ago. I have not yet made a dress for myself, although that's a goal for this year. Also, the aviators were $4 at Penney's :) The only thing I don't like about them is that I can't push them up on my head.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Perfect! In my opinion the added hemline and belt complete the dress. You look classy, summery and cute.

Tracy said...

LOVE!

A said...

Haven't made a dress for yourself? What about the Disappointed Dress?! Or did you mean a dress you actually wore, and didn't pass off to another teenage friend who wore it despite its ill-fittingness. It was such wonderful fabric! I think it's in the dress-up trunk now.

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

LOVE IT! Now you can wear that dress for the rest of summer and not have it hiding in your closet. xo

senolt said...

You already heard my thots on the dress... I just need to comment that I'm glad you're taking a Sunday nap. :-)

BLD in MT said...

It looks fantastic! I have a tiered skirt that I decided was too long so I took a tier off. Problem is, now it is too short so I've stopped wearing it. Perhaps a thinner tier added to the bottom is just the solution.....

Margo said...

A, I would LOVE to see The Disappointed Dress again - I was so in love with the fabric. And I did make my senior picture navy dress with the white collar. . .
hm. I have made dresses!

RetroRocketGal said...

Looks like the dress came that way.

Sew Blessed Maw said...

Oh what a pretty dress. The solid red poppy color just really brought a pop to the dress.Looks great on you.. Look forward to seeing a dress when you make it.Nothing funier than sewing... God bless.

Sarah Barry said...

good idea! i need to wear more dresses. so pretty.

simplymelissa said...

husband was right, the belt was needed. Nice look :)enjoyed dinner at your house Tues. It's nice living locally.

LiEr said...

Margo, your husband has a great eye (which is also why he picked you to marry, but I'm digressing). Really, that red belt plus the hem take this dress up a notch. Very, very nice!

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