Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Devil in the Blue Dress

So a few weeks ago while shopping, I discovered this heavenly pale blue 1950's ruched chiffon tea length dress. It has a plunging surplice neckline, ruched waist, and full skirt. The downer is that there are numerous snags and a few pin-holes in the chiffon on bodice (see last picture of the dress).









I'm not one to walk around with holes in my clothing and after last weekend's YSL exhibit I feel inspired to hand bead or sequin the dress; particularly where there are snags and holes.  Here are a few inspiration photos.










So, am I insane or maybe even tacky for wanting to "bedazzle" my classic 1950's dress?

Baci
HRF


12 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful dress - that is a great find :)

    In my opinion, part of the charm of vintage 50s clothes is the story they tell, including snags and holes .... Did the owner snag it running to tell her sweetheart she was sorry .... did she get drunk and fall down at a dinner dance!! I like the stories they tell, and the secrets they keep :) So if it were mine, I would leave it ... But I'm sure that you could find a 50s pattern of sequinning that was popular and overlay it to disguise the holes if you wanted to :)

    The nice thing is that you are adding to the story of the dress, making a new chapter, and you can change it all you like :)

    Looking forward to seeing the results :) X

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    1. Ha, she got drunk and fell down at a dinner dance! I love that as an explantion.

      I kind of feel the same way though. Part of me says it's okay to do my own thing as long as I am not destroying the dress. But part of me says, it's classic and you leave it alone!

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  2. i've been dyyyying to make it to the YSL exhibit. lovely blog you've got here! xo.

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    1. Tara if you are close enough to go it is an absolutely must!

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  3. That dress is so gorgeous no one is going to notice some tiny holes. You must send some of that shopping mojo my way, I am jealous!

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    1. Please take some of my mojo - my wallet would love you for it!

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  4. How TINY is your waist!? It looks like it would fit around my leg, maybe. Its so tricky knowing what to do with these types of items. Someone suggested I paint my vintage shoes to match my dress & I was horrified! So, I guess my advice would be to leave it in its original vintage state! xxx

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    1. Tiny ... noooooo ... anywhere from 29 - 31.5 inches depending on how bad I was the day before with food and beverages!

      I also thought maybe of just finding the same color thread and mending the snags. Thoughts?

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    2. Ok so I was right, our measurements are identical too. That dress waist looks minuscule so the bust must be, er, generous! We're probably related. Anyway, if you have the patience to mend, go for it. You'd probably need silk thread I would guess?

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    3. It has a 40 bust. I think it is the ruching that makes it look larger.

      Good call on the silk; I wouldn't have thought of that.

      It's good we are the same size... double the VLV clothing!

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  5. Oh that dress, it's beautiful! I don't think it's tacky at all, if you have the dedication, go wild! Loving your blog :)
    xox

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    1. Yah, one for making it shiny! Ha, classy but shiny. <3

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