I don’t like altering vintage. I tend to figure, if a thing made it 70 years to get to me, why should I change it if it doesn’t fit my body? Surely there’s someone else out there who it will fit.
The final creation is still a bit short in the torso but so much more wearable than the original lopsided dress. For its first outing, I paired it with the original red belt and a red skirt to match, but I suspect I’ll be able to combine it with other pieces as well.
Since this was a church ensemble, I finished everything off with my trusty black pumps and a totally absurd red feathered hat. One must keep up one’s reputation for wearing large hats.
- Feather-covered black and red 1940s tilt hat: Solanah
- Bakelite screwback earrings: Antiques shop somewhere
- 1940s wheat print peplum top with belt: Etsy
- Red six-gore 1940s skirt: Solanah
- 1940s style black leather pumps: Marilyns from Royal Vintage Shoes (I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review)