I bought this dress in the Scope shop in Whitby (£5.95) a while back; it’s silver and grey stretch lace with beautiful lace sleeves. Unfortunately when I tried it on at home, it was just too short to be wearable. The options were (1) cut the bottom part off and wear it as a weird looking top, which meant losing the scalloped edge along the hem, or (2) add something to make the skirt longer.
I went with option (2). After scouring my local fabric shops and markets with little success, I ended up turning to ebay for this grey “silky” chiffon. It wasn’t terribly expensive but it drapes and handles beautifully.
I cut a length off and sewed the selvedges together in a French seam.
Then I gathered it and sewed it to the lining of the dress.
The gathered section is sewn right side to wrong side onto the hem of the lining.
Note that I used a zig zag stitch to allow the seam to stretch (when walking). I also made a narrow hem along the bottom and that was it. Done!
Such a simple fix but I think the resulting dress is a real showstopper! Especially in a slight breeze when the chiffon blows around… Here are some more pictures from our trip to Soller (Majorca).
I love the colour of the lace and I am so happy that I am now able to wear it!
The only thing I would recommend if you do this is to cut a wider piece, perhaps a separate front and back, as the width of the fabric wasn’t quite wide enough. You want a bit more room to walk as there is no vent or anything. I found myself limited to short steps, which while wearing heels around cobbled streets wasn’t much of an issue, may prove annoying when I wear this again. Of course I tested it indoors as I was making it, and it seemed fine, but something about being outdoors means my stride was longer. Just something to bear in mind!
Another beautiful evening in Soller! We dined at the Hotel Salvia (sorry, no pictures) which was outstanding if you’re in the area, but do book several weeks in advance, as it is (rightly) very popular…