I recently purchased this amazing 1940s rayon house coat.
There were no holes, but there were a few small stains, and it didn't sound like it would fit my hips ... but the print!!! DIVINE!!! So I bought it anyway, hoping I could make something out of it.
When it arrived I fell in love with the weight of the fabric - its easily four times heavier than the dress I was wearing last week! And I put it on and realised I could make a dress with a slightly off centre closure!!
So I went on the hunt for some buttons and found these 1960s ones. I would have preferred 1940s ones but the colour was just too perfect!
First job was to shorten it about 5 inches, and this was when I realised that someone else had already shortened it!
See that dodgy hem, and the cotton was a different colour to the other seams...
And then next job was to do bound button holes. Now I've done a lot of these just recently, but in wool, which is not shifty and cranky like rayon.
It took a while but we got there in the end! I sewed the buttons on and a new fancy and strong hook and eye at the waist and ta-da!
And here it is on me!
So now, the housecoat that no-one wanted is now a fabulous wearable dress! Has anyone else done a similar thing to a piece of vintage to make it more wearable?