31 May 2012
my creative space . . . 'fancy frock fixes'
I learned to sew via osmosis from my mother, specialising in alterations & how to fix things. I've always been able to snatch a bargain dress with a tiny flaw i can repair, so when i found this Alannah Hill frock (i'm wearing to a wedding in a few days) on a rack marked down from $569 to "$80 broken zip" i was thrilled.
Look at the detail, so so pretty. It's knee length with matching sequins around the bottom, soft & floaty. I had an invisible zip in my stock so fixed it, carefully. I did get new shoes, on sale, which will go with a gazillion frocks too.
I've also decided to carry my silver sequin heart clutch/ handbag (it has a strap) as it will go perfectly with this headband, also an Alannah Hill 'broken' bargain, for $19. It's not even a missing bead or snapped sequin issue, simple fabric stitching undo at the bottom of the headband, glee!! Took a minute to fix & of course, loving the 80% discount??!!
You don't even have to be an experienced seamstress to fix many fancy frock flaws, i hand stitched these, for tiny detail accuracy. Don't by shy . . . or find someone who can sew - cook them a lasagne or bring a bunch of flowers, swap skills. Must admit i did feel like a couture designer working with such delicate fabric, invisible thread & fine stitching. For more creative spaces, check out village voices, love Posie