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Thrift store dress refashion

I found this dress at Thrift Town for $1.99. The color and general shape of the dress are cute, but it needed some tweaking.

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Overall, it was a bit big. The sleeves were awkward, and I’m more likely to wear a dress when it’s warm, so the sleeves needed to go. I also think it feels a little frumpy at that length.

Here’s what I did:

The shoulder seams were low, so I was able to just remove the length and hem. I added two darts in the back at the waist to trim it down but keep the fullness of the skirt. I kept the top a little loose, but that makes nursing easier and will allow me to wear it over a long sleeve black tee in the winter if I want. I do need to find a new belt or trim down the one I used for the “after” photos. I really like the belt with the dress, but it is way too long. I like how the width of it breaks up the business of the print, though.

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I had planned to take about six inches off of the length, but Finn thought it looked nice the way it was. I still might, but honestly, for chasing after a toddler the longer length is probably more practical.

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Vintage sewing presser feet and accessories part four: Stuff that I overlooked while posting earlier

These pictures were hiding. I think most will work on my machine (low shank).

Don’t know.

Bias tape foot? Which, btw I’ve tried to use for that purpose and wound  up with a  mess.

????, darning foot and narrow/rolled hem foot

Weird zipper foot

I think you feed thicker thread through the hole for decoration or to help with gathering. Not sure if it has another purpose. 

Okay, a (formerly) clear foot with metal over the feed dogs. Embroidery? Teflon foot? I don’t know.

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Vintage sewing presser feet and accessories part one: Stuff that won’t work on my machines

I have a ton of random sewing machine feet. I’m sure they all do some really cool things that would make difficult projects easier if I knew what to do with them. But I mostly don’t, and I’m having a hard time finding a guide that helps, so I thought I’d post them here.

This group consists of ones that are high shank, slant shank or something else that won’t attach to my low shank Kenmore or Signature machines. This means that if there’s something really cool, I won’t get to try it out. *sadface* It also means that if you see something you’re needing here, contact me to work something out.

1.This one is easy. Zipper/cording feet. 
2.Some sort of hem guide? Torture device? Is it even all there?

3.Quilting guides? I usually see these attached to other feet instead of solo.

4.Narrow hem foot, but it looks funny…

5.Button feet?

6.More button feet?

7.?????

8.Darning feet.

9.These have a channel to sew over cording(?) and an adjustable guide behind the foot for??? Both are missing the guide screws.

10.I don’t know if this is broken or if it’s a snap on foot. I also don’t know it’s special purpose and that makes me sad. I think it’s a fairly basic one.

11.?????

12.Looks like a normal zig-zag foot, but a little different from the ones that came with my machines.

13.Sewing guides. These will work on my machines, but I have a few already.