Mike and I went to see The Great Gatsby over the weekend. I didn’t remember that much about it from reading the book in high school but that’s probably because I “read” the book, meaning I got through the first couple pages and then gave up and looked up the summary in cliff notes. I wasn’t a model student, what can I tell you. What I can tell you is this: I absolutely loved the style in that movie! So elegant and beautiful and perfect.
I knew I had a dress camping out in my pile-of-thrifted-stuff-that-needs-to-be-altered bag which kind of reminded me of the dresses from Gatsby. I pulled it out from the black hole that is my to-alter pile and got to work. All it really needed was to be taken in a little bit under the arms, but once I’d finished that I got a crazy idea. To hem the lining to make the bottom part sheer would step this dress up to a more modern place. So I went for it. And I’m pretty sure Gatsby would approve.
All I had to do was decide where I wanted the hem of the lining to fall and then measured all the way around to make sure it was even. Then I used a straight stitch to hem it up and voila! Vintage is new again.
The Great Catsby, on the other hand, was more interested in eating grass. Good thing I don’t wait around for her approval on all my refashioned clothes.