I’m questioning if “vintage” ever went out of style. These last few years, it seems like it’s taking over the world (again). Instead of ordering new, many of my clients prefer to op-shop, be it online, at the markets, or Salvos. Then they probably spend about the same amount of $ getting it altered to fit. On the other hand, there are countless shops selling vintage-inspired designs like hot potatoes. My grandma is probably the most stylin’ lady on her street.
One of my clients, Katherine, decided she’d get married in her grandmother’s wedding dress. Her grandparents tied the knot 62 years ago! My task: to mend the countless holes in an already hole-y lace dress, modify the design to fit Katherine’s body, and create a custom slip so that it was wedding-appropriate. To be honest, it was hard work. The fine balance between the physical act of mending, and know that the mending could break it even more. The lace had special superpowers that made other fabric/thread matter attach themselves to it. It gave me heart palpitations. Or maybe it was the really strong tea I took every morning.
In the end, it was worth the medical condition. The result was a sleeveless dress with a tear-shaped cutout at the back. I’m kicking myself for not taking a before-reconstruction photo. It would have been like those people who have cosmetic surgery.