I found this fabulous vintage Jaclyn Smith dress while thrifting a month ago. I fell in love with the color and pattern more than anything. The fit wasn’t so great, though.
The sleeves were loose at the upper arm & tight at the wrist. The fabric on the sleeves wobbled like the flabby skin on an old lady’s arm. So annoying. The length of the dress was too long to be a shirt, and too short to be a dress (too short for me, at least). The fit in the bust and waist was shapeless and too large, too. All these things are really easy to fix, so I did it!
- Shortened the sleeves
- Took in the bust, waist and sleeves by 3 inches on each side
- Chopped 6 inches off the bottom & created a curved hem
- Added a bow to the neckline
All of this was really, really easy. The hemline was the most time consuming (I HATE hemming), but so worth it. I made the curved hem using a fabulous curved hem tutorial on Burdastyle. I really like how accurate and consistent the hem is all the way around the shirt. You should try it out.
I love my new shirt. I love how the black belt really makes the green pattern sing. What do you think? Should I have left it as it was?