So I picked up this dress http://www.target.com/Liberty-London-Target-Ruffle-Halter/dp/B002X7QPA2 at Target a while ago for $5. I adore the retro bright fabric but hate the style of the dress. I am petite 5'1 and fairly chesty so the ruffle and thin halter style is pretty awful on me. I intended to reconstruct the dress into something I could wear often because the fabric is soo me! I was thinking of hacking off the top and just making it a skirt, but it leaves me with a bit of fabric from the top and I am worried it will lay strangely...any suggestions on how to make this into my dream recon? I wear skirts often and have a hippie retro vibe.
My mom says the exact same thing about hose! She grew up in Lancaster, Penn, so maybe its an east coast thing too! I used to wear hose all the time in high school (in part because my mother used to say it was crude otherwise), but I was definitely the only one to do so. Now I live in Southern CA, where it is HOT most of the year. Hose is just an extra layer of stuff that makes life miserable. So I don't wear it anymore. But if I am going out, to the theatre or a party, I always wear them. Strange how times have changed, no?
ghilie- silk stockings and a garter sound so cool! And avoids the nasty seam line going up the belly (ugh, I hate that) Where do you find them!?
So no luck on the librarian front, perhaps it was just not meant to be...but I did find a killer outfit to for what was my back up plan! drumroll please...a femme fatale. Think old school film noir, Barbara Stynwick, Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth style. I found a knee length pencil skirt with a slit up the back, a killer satin blouse with embroidery on the front, a small fur stole and the coolest hat from the late 1930s! I already have the perfect shoes, nylons (with the seam up the back) and my hair is long enough to do Bacall's killer waves. All I need it get a cheap little kids squirt gun and paint it black to keep in my purse, so when people ask what I am, I can pull it out and complete the visual image. I am going to 3 parties this year, one thursday, friday and saturday, so the look is easy enough to recreate over and over. So exciting! I will post a pic of Annie B (my dressform) in the getup soon!
Going to my favorite vintage store today to see if I can score something appropriate for my librarian getup! Exciting! Then the boy and I are going to go see if we can piece together things for his Beyonce single ladies outfit from Goodwill and Target. I have my fingers crossed that we find something for him to use as the glove. I am going to take a cue from others here and make up a check list (how splendidly organized).
Librarian Glasses-own/buy (have my normal pair, but will check for a dorkier pair) Glasses chain- need to make Pencil skirt - buy sultry twinset- buy or fabulous wiggle dress- buy seamed nylons- own amazingly cute t-strapped heels- buy (found the perfect ones at Target!) book purse- make
Beyonce Leotard- buy (possibly need to alter to make it one sleeved) some very large heels- buy wig- buy nylons- own something to use as the glove..a transformers costume glove?- buy/make small voice recorder to play back 'single ladies' all night- own!
So excited! I will update when I get back from shopping today.
Spirit gum should do the trick, though it usually likes to have something to grip onto. False facial hair usually has a net backing, and the spirit gum seeps through and firmly stabilizes it. I would give it a try. Just make sure you test a little on your arm or something first, I have seen some nasty spirit gum allergic reactions. And don't forget to get the spirit gum remover! (It truly is the best way to get that tacky stuff off!)