After this last St. Patrick's Day, I decided that there was just something about my dress that needed to change, and that was the green sleeves. I love the green and the lace pattern but I started to think that a solid colored top with green accents would be more 'mature' looking. The problem? I don't have the money to go out and buy a new dress. These dresses generally run between $1000-$2000 and I just can't justify that cost. How could I update my current one?
I started to peek at the seams and thought it might be easy to just replace the current green sleeves with black velvet, but could I find the same thing? The dressmaker had sent me a swatch for each fabric she used so I took the black velvet to the store. JoAnn's was a bust so I decided to postpone my search for another day. We were off to buy food for the pets, when lo-and-behold, there was a Hancock Fabrics in the same parking lot! I didn't know there was one within even a 10 mile radius so I begged the hubby to drop me off while he picked up animal food.
I promptly located the velvet section but alas, the black they had didn't match and mine had a bit of a stretch to it. As a last resort, I asked an employee if they knew where I could find a similar fabric. He started to lead me to what I assumed was the same velvet section, but no! There was a stretch velvet row! I practically squealed with joy and instantly picked up the fabric to make the sleeves.
|Draping the fabric over the current sleeve. Trying to gather courage.|
Now, the hard part, do I really want to slice and dice my pricey dress? I laid the fabric out but just couldn't bring myself to it. So... I called my mom.
My mom is a sewing master. She went to fashion design school and while I was embarrassed by her skills when I was a kid (why couldn't I have a cheap, grocery store costume at Halloween like everyone else?) I've learned to value her expertise.
She came over and we instantly set to work. She removed the old sleeves and traced a new pattern for the velvet version. I removed the black embroidered cuffs from the previous sleeves and my mom reattached them to the new velvet sleeves. It took a couple of hours but...
|Voila! The new and improved dress!|