Sunday, October 26, 2008

Renovation success

I have spent this week-end making over some clothes. Caity suggested fixing this skirt and shortening it and was right on the mark!
I was getting ready to move it out of the wardrobe as it was driving me insane as it had a wide turn-over band of jersey to hold the skirt up and it was always slip, sliding away. It's not a good look to always being hitching your skirt up! It was also too long to be truly flattering. As it was a slippery black jersey it was a real pain to work with, so the top band isn't as tidy as I would have liked, but I would always wear a top over it anyway. However the double needle stitching on the hem came out beautifully. I had a new twin needle which was narrower than previous ones so that could be the trick!
However I had two different brands of black thread going through the needles and you can see a difference when you look closely. I will have to remember to buy two rolls the same or put some on a bobbin next time.

I also dug out a black long dress that I have worked out is 12 years old. I have worn it once as a long dress. I have been hanging on to it for all these years as I really love it. However I had two problems with it -
(1) it was long and there was never any occasions to wear it and
(2) it hasn't fit me for ages!
Well I have been working hard at the gym and following a plan of using Musashi products and when Caity was over I tried it on. Viola the zip was done up and I didn't look like a sausage trying to escape from its casing (as I did a few months ago when I last tried it on!) Caity marked the hem for me and I fixed it yesterday and wore it to dinner to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!

Here is the care label in the dress. This really does date it as you never see clothes with a 'Made in Australia' label anymore...

We had a lovely dinner out and I am considering getting out my wedding dress to see what shape it is in and to see if I am brave enough to try it on agian after 20 years!


  1. The dress looks FAB on you - you look so pretty and happy!
    C'mon, we all want to see the wedding dress!

  2. Congrats on your 20th anniversary!!! and wishing you many more beautiful years. You look awesome in your dress and like the floral detail.

  3. The dress looks terrific and so do you! Well done!

  4. Congrats to you! What a great weekend: an anniversary, a better skirt and a little black dress that fits.


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