Now on to my toil this afternoon... I love a bit of craft and re-conning. I get my inspiration from various sites ( my current favourites are Cut Out And Keep and Violet Le Beaux's blog) - this improvement, however, was more out of psychological necessity than inspiration. I'd just got sick of looking at this sorry article in my wardrobe:
It looks OK from that distance, but there are 2 things about this Primarni beach dress that drive me crackers.
The waist belt. Saggy, plain ... just functional and hideous:
Crime 2: Sequins. This has sequins on it; quite a few in fact. But when I've worn it I've come to the conclusion that they are the wishy-washiest, meekest sequins ever... you can hardly see them at all. His Lordship barely needs to shade his eyes with a well-thumbed copy of The Chap nor tut disapprovingly when viewing this dress in full sunlight. He thought they weren't there! Verdict: these sequins have failed in their mission and must be punished.
Step 1: The belt only shows in the middle of the bodice- the point at which it is attached to the dress is hidden from view. This meant I could just chop off the old belt fabric part way down its little fabric 'tunnel and sturdily (ie messily with thick thread) sew the ribbon in place. (Apologies for the change in photo quality- my batteries ran out and I had to resort to the old mobile telephonium!).
|Contrast between new and old belt ties|
|If you were more professional than me you'd iron the ribbon before the photo.|
I didn't. Natch.
Step 2: With a steady hand and some holographic nail varnish, I painted every sequin to up the sparkly-factor. This renders the dress handwash only, but as it is a beach dress it will probably be washed that way with my swimmies anyway. This job was extremely fiddly and tedious and there were a few moments like the slo-mo at the start of Casualty, where I thought I'd got nail polish on the fabric. I was going to superglue rhinestones to some of the sequins, but couldn't find them... I think this method works pretty well though!
All in all, much improved!
|Dug out the DSLR to avoid pesky flash. It turned everything 'no flahs setting yellow'.|