I found this homemade “Gunne Sax” dress at Decades Vintage Clothing store in Salt Lake City during my Sewing Summit trip last fall. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for that era of Jessica McClintock design so I snatched it right up. Turns out this dress was made for a woman who was 6′ tall with a 26″ waist with a love for HUGE ruffles around their neck.
I was a little sad this refashion wouldn’t be for me, but with those waist measurements, there was just no way. Instead, Princess got a new dress.
Steps (sorry no before photo–I just started hacking):
-Chopped 2″ off the neck ruffle and sewed the lace back on the edge.
-Took 8″ of fullness out of the ruffle at the shoulder seams.
-Put in new elastic around the neck to replace the aged elastic that was losing it’s stretch.
-Removed the ruffle around the hem, chopped off about 1 yard of length, then added the ruffle back on.