Many of you know that I am working hard this year to not purchase new clothing. My goal is to either sew for myself or buy vintage. Lately, I’ve been so busy with work that I’ve had very little time to sew. In fact, the last dress I made was in April! So instead, I’ve been hitting vintage shops and thrift stores when I have the chance. Recently, when I was on vacation in Oregon, I had the chance to do a bit of vintage shopping.
Those of you who buy vintage know every now and again when you are digging through a thrift or vintage you find a dress that was made for you — it fits you perfectly, it’s got all “your colors” in it, and it’s something you could wear every day. I had one such experience recently in Astoria Oregon, shopping at Commercial Astoria. But before I tell you more about the dress I bought there, let me say I love this shop. It’s small, which means it’s not overwhelming, and it’s well curated. And for a curated vintage shop, the prices are great. And they sell vinyl (we also bought a bunch of records while we were there).
So back to the dress. You can see me modeling it above. But the thing is, when I bought it, it didn’t look exactly like this. It was floor length and the sleeves were a bit too long also. Typical 70′s style: cute, but not something I’d wear very often. In every other way it was perfect, however, vintage Scandinavian print and all. So I decided to buy it and alter it a bit to make it more current — something I could wear every day. I chopped a couple of feet off the bottom of it, and several inches off the sleeves, hemmed them up and voilà: a new-to-me every day cotton dress.
Besides the fit, the thing I love most about this dress is the pattern. If you know me, you know I am obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and the fabric this dress is made of is no exception.
While I love shopping for vintage and altering vintage clothes, I am going to sew more clothing again, hopefully soon. In fact, on Saturday I block printed a couple of yards of fabric (more on that later this week) and I plan to sew a dress from that before September is over. Stay tuned.
Have a great Monday, friends.