Thursday, May 7, 2015

I Mended It: Black-and-white lace dress

Do you have a mending pile? I do. It's actually a big box, filled with things that need buttons, or hems sewn back up, or holes patched. Some of the things in there are so badly damaged that it's going to take real creativity to figure out if I can make them wearable again. But mostly it's a lot of missing buttons.





This dress has been on my mending pile for the better part of a year — maybe longer. It's an absolutely gorgeous Maggy London shift dress/tunic that I bought for a song at my local Salvation Army. I had dollar signs in my eyes when I saw how much thredUP was willing to pay for this brand, so I snatched it up and ran home to stuff it in my polka-dot bag. But lo and behold, not only was it missing a few buttons, there was also a rip in the lace at the back. So into the mending box it went.


It's funny that something so simple kept this dress out of commission for so long. It was simple to pick up a few buttons at my local W*lmart (which I visit only grudgingly because I don't know where else to buy buttons), and it took all of five minutes to sew the new buttons on. And, blammo, I had a "new" dress.


This kind of thing happens to me a lot. I get stuck with clothes. A sweater that needs to be hand-washed; a dress that needs to be dry-cleaned; a skirt that needs to be ironed; pants with a hem that needs to be taken up. They just ... sit there. Because it always feels as though other things are more pressing (no pun intended with the ironing, there).


This is no great tragedy, of course; but taking some time recently to tackle some of these little sewing projects (and a few bigger ones — more to come on that) has demonstrated to me once again that often, the anticipation of things is worse than the reality. These little tasks can seem so daunting, until you actually do them. And then you realize that they weren't so bad after all.


All thrifted, except for the shoes, which are J. Crew from about 12 years ago.
Minus the shoes, this outfit probably cost me about $8. 

8 comments :

  1. I find the best way to tackle a mending pile is to sit in front of the tv with a cup of tea and get to work. I've tried reading and mending before, but that doesn't work out so well...
    I really like this whole outfit, but the belt is what makes it for me!

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    1. Thanks! I labored over which belt to wear, ha ha.

      I have to tackle mending one piece at a time or else I get overwhelmed. But yeah, TV is a must.

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  2. Loving your blog and following you on Bloglovin' now! Thanks for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. My pleasure - love your linkup! Thanks for following!

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  3. One of my favorite outfits of yours so far! I was a little surprised to see the black combined with the cutouts on you- it is pretty edgy! You pull it off well. Rebecca// www.daisydisdain.com

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    1. Rebecca, are you trying to suggest I'm not edgy?! :) It's so funny how the way we actually dress from day-to-day doesn't always match our internal ideas of what our "style" is. I may have to write a post about this soon ...

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  4. I have a belt like that only mine is yellow! I love the way you styled the dress; the texture/pattern mixing is just perfect!

    And I TOTALLY have a huge box of mending and hemming to do. In my defense, two of the skirts I need to hem up have pattern at the bottom so I need to shorten them from the waist, and they're pleated with elastic waists and I'm just not looking forward to that. But pretty much everything else I have to fix is just missing buttons and an easy hem up. I do have a few garments I just want to give a makeover and haven't figured out how yet (like redo the top completely kind of thing.) I've started limiting how many "I could just hem that!" items I buy for myself because of my growing pile. Haha!

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    1. Thanks! I am kind of in love with this dress - I can't believe I let it sit around for so long just because of a few missing buttons! It definitely has helped me get through my mending pile to prioritize it instead of just saying, "I'll get to that later." And it's amazing how good I felt to get through just one or two items!

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