Inspired by the Oscars' red carpet and by the effortless elegance of Lupita Nyong'o, I'm making a fashion statement of my own.
Welcome to my red carpet, circa 1957.
Last fall, I came across some great vintage clothing at the Route 34B sale. I scooped up everything that seemed to be in reasonable shape and brought home a half-dozen or so dresses from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
But there were two dress (modeled here by my daughter Emily) that really stood out. Unfortunately, they both are what seems to be a size negative 2, so I have decided to sell them on Etsy.
But first, they needed a little upcycling. Here are the results:
This sky blue chiffon gown was easy to fix. It required just a little stitching here and there, plus the addition of a lilac and rose nosegay pin to the satin waistband. I think the pin finishes it off just right.
The pink and black flocked gown took a lot more effort.
I repaired the velvet ribbon-trimmed bodice and added more velvet ribbon at the waist, plus a bit of bling.
And I fixed that bow in the back.
The reward for my work was discovering this original label hidden within the voluminous skirt.
I hope to have both gowns listed on Etsy by the end of the week, just in time for prom season.
In the meantime, I'm feeling strangely like one of those sewing mice in "Cinderella.''