I don’t own a lot of true vintage clothes. My boobs and bum are more suited to reproduction pieces, when my bank balance allows me a little vintage shopping, I tend to stick to accessories.
Browsing Revival Vintage’s online store, I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of items that would fit me, including a lovely peachy pinky number.
Made in rayon in the 1940s, it had a pretty, delicate print, breastfeeding friendly buttons and a tie at the waist meaning that although it would fit me comfortably now, I’d be able to pull it in should I lose more weight. Perfect. I ordered it straight away.
The only problem was that it was a nightie – a floor length nightie at that!
I don’t know about you but I’m not keen on wearing anything for bed that needs to be ironed :-/ and in any case the nightie was way too beautiful to be seen only in our bedroom.
Trying it on for the first time, I decided that but for the fact that the hemline was so long, I could get away with wearing it as a dress. In its current style thought, it just wasn’t me.
There’s no way I’d ever sell/give away this piece. When I hold something vintage I really buy into the romance of it. I sort of connect with the clothing and its history and I can’t imagine ever letting it go. So unless I found a way of making the nightie more wearable, it would sit in my wardrobe unworn, onlyto be rediscovered when I finally pop my clogs – hardly the way to treat a vintage gem.
It was nerve-wracking but I elected to have a few inches (NINE – eek!) chopped off the bottom, turning a longline nightie into a beautiful tea dress.
Unfortunately because the fabric was so delicate, it just wasn’t possible to raise the hem in a way that would be reversible – so the scissors would have to come out! This might be something I could’ve tackled myself, but given how precious vintage clothing is, I opted to visit a professional! My friend Rebekah from The Buttonhole was brave enough to take on the task. I could barely watch as she cut into the skirt!
You can almost hear a pin drop 😂 I was soooo nervous but I’m thrilled with how the alterations turned out…
…even if my new tea-dress IS a little bit see-through 😂
The experience has definitely made me feel more confident about buying and altering vintage clothing. Since this little beauty came to live with me I’ve become a bit obsessed 😂