Occasionally I’ll get beautiful clothes that don’t quite fit my aesthetic. I happily accept them, put them in a box and wait until I have a few hours. Then I measure, cut, iron and hem by hand because I am terrified of my sewing machine. At the end of a typically two to four hour period (depending on the item) I have something new for my wardrobe!
This week I decided to spend my artist’s date altering dresses. I have the great honor of being invited to four weddings this summer and need some new dresses for them. I also need some work appropriate dresses for the library where we don’t have air conditioning. An incredibly generous woman from my church gave me two gorgeous summer dresses last fall–gorgeous but too long. It’s always amazing to me the difference that simply hemming can make for a dress. I added belts to the after pictures as well because that’s how I plan to wear the dresses.
Because artist’s date are about creativity and nurturing I will not discuss any errors I made during the process. Instead I’ll bask in the wonderful feeling of owning two new dresses and dreaming of summer when I can finally wear them outside.