Wednesday, December 21, 2011

mending wednesday: the orla

Out thrifting a few weeks ago, I spotted a $3 wool dress remarkably similar to this one from Orla Kiely's AW 11 collection.

              The Wool Jersey Collar Dress                                       Olive.

My dress started out somewhat large (vtg size 10), so had to be nipped in here and there and shortened several inches. Sadly, those deep pleats were out of the question --not nearly enough fabric. But the dress was beautifully hemmed inside with a wide band of lace, which I salvaged for my new "invisible" hem.
I reattached the lace inside the skirt, a couple of inches above the original hemline. As this seam won't show, it doesn't matter that all I had on hand was contrasting thread...

Next, I cut the extra fabric from the hem, just below the new seam. The lace edge I tucked under, repinned, and stitched by hand, which took forever. So here's a little something fun while we wait...

 Fin!  A little winged liner and party ready.


  1. gorgeous work!! I love it and the booties go perfectly with the outfit!!

  2. your's is better than the orla!!!


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