Take a look at this gem:
Pros: (1) Fit me quite well (2) Lovely white lace fabric with a 2 layered lining (3) No stains/rips (4) Only cost $6.00!
Cons: (1) The slit revealed some serious thigh and was at risk of revealing butt…yet the hemline was down to my ankles!
First of all, I chopped off a fair bit of length. I decided to cut the 2 inner layers shorter than the lace, so that there would be some leg showing through the lace (just the right amount of leg revealage).
I wasn’t exactly sure how to close up the slits, but eventually decided on using grossgrain ribbon to connect the slits on the wrong side of the fabric.
I pinned the ribbon (tried to make it centred) onto one side of the slit. This shows the right side of the fabric:
And then placed the two slits flush as I sewed em’ down with a zig zag stitch.
This is how the closed up slit looked from the right side. I left a couple inches of slit open.
After doing this, I’m not sure that I REALLY needed to use the ribbon as I could have just zigzagged the two slits together…but the fabric may have pulled apart during sewing. So maybe it was a good idea to use ribbon as a sort of “stabilizer”/connecting piece?
I finished the 2 inner layers of fabric with a zigzag to prevent fraying. When I too the “after” photos I hadn’t hemmed the lace yet because I was worried that it would pucker…but later on I decided to hem the lace. Thanks tricot zigzag stitch for helping the lace stay flat!
Look how flat it is! Yippee!
Here’s what it looked like before I hemmed the lace (not bad, but doesn’t look completely finished):
My refashioned dress was worn in public- can you believe it? I went to a see Rah Rah and Yukon Blonde play a free concert….how much thriftier can you get?
And here’s what the dress looked like after I hemmed the lace- better, right?