I love black and white stripes, prints, geometric shapes, etc! I always seem to be drawn to them when I visit the thrift shops. Check out these fun retro black and white numbers from the 60's. I love them!
Well, the other day at the thrift shop, I noticed a 2XL dress that was really speaking to me. It was saying, "Come on, for only $2.50 you can pick me up and make a retro-inspired mod dress!" I couldn't ignore the voice, so I purchased it!
I loved the black and white striped pattern. I didn't love, however, the fit, the bulky gathered skirt, and the uneven sewing on the waistband. I put my 60's playlist on and dedicated the evening to sewing. After a fair amount of tweaking, I was happy with the results.
It was little cold outside, so I wore it with boots and my black wool jacket.
See what I meant about the waistband? It was completely uneven before.
I was able to cut a new one from the extra skirt fabric. I think it's much better now!
Every mod dress needs some big, white, mod sunglasses!
Here's a brief tutorial of what I did.
I began by detaching the sleeves, the waistband, the skirt, and since the shoulders needed to be raised, I unpicked part of the neckline.
I put the bodice on my dress form and began pinning where it needed to be taken in, which was the sides and the shoulders. I also took in the front and back bodice seams.
Once the shoulders were taken in, I restitched the neckline and facing.
Once the bodice fit the way I wanted it to, I recut the sleeve openings for a better fit.
Once I was happy with the fit, I finished the inside by lining the waistband.
All that was left was reattaching the bottom half of the invisible zipper in the back.
I'm happy with my new retro-inspired mod dress!
Thanks for looking!
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