The Ivy Retreat


Lace and chiffon....

VintageRachel Church2 Comments

Take a look at this chiffon and lace dress from the 1950s!  Is it pretty or what?    The top portion is made up of a nude lining with ivory lace and the bottom is a black chiffon skirt with a black crinoline attached.  Lace covered buttons go down the front of the dress with a covered zipper on the back side.  There is also a detachable belt in a nude blush color with a Peter Pan collar and sleeves.  This dress is in beautiful shape and almost looks new.  The It's the perfect little preppy cocktail dress for a night event or a festive dinner party! 

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Red Striped Dress- Day 3

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The outdated red and white striped dress is now a modern sleeveless maxi dress with a low cut button closure back.  I decided to keep the white ruffled hem as is.  It adds a cute vintage detail while the stripes look more modern, so the juxtaposition is fun.  Taking off the sleeves and making the back low cut automatically gave this piece a fresh, new look.  I think it's perfect for the summer too!  It can be kept casual with simple sandals and a floppy hat for a weekend at the beach or dressed up with heeled espadrilles and a clutch.  Earlier, I referred to the dress as red, but I actually feel like it's more of a watermelon, not a true red.  The thread that I chose to use is a contrasting peachy pink color, because... why not. You can't go wrong with peaches and watermelon.  Check out this pretty piece today in the shop! 

Red Striped Dress- Day 2

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I'm loving how this dress is turning out!  I'm using an adjustable dress form to work from for this project.  It has dials that rotate to different measurements, so I'm getting a better fit than if I kept it on a standard sized mannequin. Something came over me and I decided to put the dress backwards onto the dress form.  Maybe I had too much coffee...who knows. not sure if you've caught on yet, but I don't always like rules.  This doesn't refer to the stopping at red light kinds of rules; just mainly fashion.  I do like to shake things up whenever possible though.  The sleeves are now removed and the front button down closure is being transformed into a low cut back opening with buttons.  The back is also being modified into a slight boat neck collar and fitted bodice.  Pretty cool, huh!? Tomorrow is the big reveal of the final product, so don't miss it!