My 3rd dress is here! Sorry to keep you waiting, but you have to find the right dress to thrift and it’s always a hit our miss. This dress was it excellent condition! The top pleats were unraveling on the side edges and I new exactly what I was going to do to try and fix it! Here it is….
First let me start by saying I forgot to take a pic of the dress. I did find one pic of the unraveling top but it’s not as clear as I had hoped. 🙁 Hopefully you can tell from the pics how I used the sequin bands for layering to bind it back together.
I started by cutting the strips of sequin the length of where it was getting tucked in the pleats. The strips had to be cut in half because they were too wide. But this worked out great for stretching the use of material.I went with an aqua and rose gold It complemented the gray really well but also helped to lighten it up and make it a bit more fun with a prom dress in mind. In a few places I had to add slits into the band to work around the stitching in the pleats. I worked in small sections ironing the bands in and adding a few tack stiches. This little iron worked really well. It didn’t get to hot to damage the fabric but it melted the bands very well that you couldn’t peel them off once they were set.
The dress is a size 10 and the mannequin is a bit small to fill out the top correctly. But it lays much nicer when it’s properly filled out and the color sequin bands shimmer. The sequin strips was something I was hoping to use and they really helped to tack down the pleats. I like the asymmetrical pattern with the aqua and rose combination. I think this gown can be really versatile and fun to dress up for prom! What do you think? 🙂
- Dress $7 Goodwill
- 5 rolls of Horizon sequin iron on roll tape at 1.99 each (2 aqua and 3 rose)
Total cost $17