My client, a first-year student, was shopping for an outfit to wear at a wedding and spotted this beautiful, expensive dress in Phase Eight. She waited until it was in the sales then bought it for a fraction of the original price.
That’s the kind of thing I like to do.
Except that when I play chicken with the shops, my coveted item sells out, thereby becoming ‘the one that got away’ I spend years afterwards searching for on Ebay and in charity shops, just in case…. 🙄
I suspect the reason why Phase Eight didn’t sell out of this number is that the straps are too long. This size 8 had an excess of 5cm (2inches) that I took out.
Normally I baulk at alterations (there are some horrid ‘prom dresses’ in suburbia), but I loved this dress at first sight. The colours remind of me of staining you get picking and eating cherries! The skirt conceals a tulle underskirt between two layers of white lining: the outer lining stops the netting catching on the dress fabric and the inner lining makes the underskirt more comfortable against the skin. The fabric is polyester: stiff but not organza. The bodice is interfaced with a soft backing which prevent it from being too sheer and it is also lined.
I felt I knew what to do – though that did not stop my hands trembling when I unpicked the stitches!
Does my method look right? Would you have improvements to suggest? I charged £15 for about 90 minutes work (opinion welcome…) It’s one of those tasks that would take a third of the time once you’ve done it so often that you’re more confident.
I really enjoyed this job. It came at the end of a week which began nastily on Monday. On Monday, I spent hours sewing double layers of crinkly chiffon for a client who wanted them turned into two gift shop scarves. It worked out a fraction of the minimum wage. I might write about that some day 🙄 🙂
But whilst on the subject of lovely RTW dresses and summer, here are a couple of links:
Almost Famous, one of my favourite shops (though I tend to look rather than buy) is also having a sale.
Fancy picking cherries and blackberries? It’s time to make Summer Pudding!