Monday, May 04, 2015

Kentucky Derby Dress

Sorry that I'm a day late posting this but I was so busy with having a little get together for the Kentucky Derby I didn't have time to post.
I snagged this dress because of its 1940s feel! (I love a good vintage style dress) So when it came time to refashion something for watching the Kentucky Derby I thought this classic dress would be just the thing!'s a little frumptastic.
 Love the sleeve ties, too cute. Sadly, they did not make it :(
 First things first...with every old dress comes...ugh shoulder pads. You call yourselves shoulder pads? You should be ashamed! These are like micro shoulder pads!
I had to shorten the sleeve length which is why I couldn't save the cute sleeve ties.    
Then I took the dress in by about 1 inch on each side.

To go with the 1940s theme of the dress I gave it a square neckline.
I made bias tape out of some white t-shirt material (I wouldn't recommend doing this. I'd stick with anothet type of fabric. Too stretchy!)
  This little gadget is pretty nifty!
  Pinned and ready for the machine!
Since the t-shirt material I used for bias tape stretched, my square neckline turned into a round neckline. I had to do a little hand stitching to bring the square back into shape. 
I shortened the length by about 4 inches and then hemmed it.
My dress was done just in time to clean up before our guests arrived! Just playing the part of a 40s housewife.
Enough of that, it's Mint Julep time!!! 

The offical drink of the Kentucky Derby!  
Celebratory drink after my 1st pick (American Pharoah) took 1st place and my 2nd pick (Frosted) took 4th place!!

Happy Refashioning!!!!!! 
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jennifer elliott said...

GORGEOUS! I am officially jealous of your refashion. So awesome!

Carissa said...

This dress is just beautiful! You did a fantastic job sewing, and apparently picking the ponies too!


Nicola Mansfield said...

I don't really ever make comments but the square neckline is just perfect! Not something that readily comes to mind. And the belt is the finishing touch!

Lola Nova said...

That is so cute! You did a great job :)

Refashion said...

The dress looks great. I like the new neckline.

Debbie EOD

Marisa Glied said...

Thank you!!! I must admit I really really love how this turned out!

Marisa Glied said...

Thank you so much!!! I wish actually won some money picking the right ponies ;)

Marisa Glied said...

Thanks!! I figured it needed some sort of detail! The belt is actually original to the dress, which worked out perfect!

Marisa Glied said...

Thank you!!! :)

Marisa Glied said...

Thanks so much!!! I actually can't wait to wear it again!