My mother in law sent a package a while back of some of her clothes that she had saved through the years, and was hoping we could alter them to wear or make something from the fabric.
My daughter immediately fell in love with the pale yellow gown but it needed quite a bit of alterations. Well at the end of the summer she had a small growth spurt and the dress fit better requiring less adjustments to fix the fit. We had all been trying to prepare for the wedding in Palm Springs and she wanted to wear the yellow vintage frock and surprise her grandmother.
Like most garments on her, we had to adjust the width in the shoulders. I decided the easiest way to do this and keep the integrity of the dress would be by extending the darts in the back bodice all the way up the shoulder. Then I had to cut the bias trim on the back, cut the lace, and restitched the whole thing back by hand.
One of the things that I love about vintage dresses and sewing with vintage patterns is the construction techniques and quality. I always learn something new when I am deconstructing and altering something vintage. They almost always have 1 inch seam allowances and are fairly easy to add inches in the waist that so often needs to be done unless you are willing to wear the undergarments that were worn to create the tiny waist.
Now the dress is no where near perfect it has flaws like most vintage or thrift items. There are some small holes in the organza and some stains that I was unable to remove.
I am not sure how to repair these or if I even should. I do not think the flaws bother her at all, she loves the classic style of her vintage items and the great price tag.