Thursday, May 24, 2012

Before and After: The Secretary Dress

Sometimes I buy something for the shop and I am sure it's going to sell right away but instead it sits in the shop forever, overlooked for one reason or another, in favor of other dresses. Such was the case with this brown leafy secretary dress. (Excuse the poor 'before' photo quality, it was late and all I had was my phone!).

 I loved this little dress before but with it's long sleeves and even long hemline, I think it was just too matronly for your average Portland gal. I shortened the length and removed the sleeves and now it's the perfect thing to wear to a summer BBQ or out for drinks with your friends. If you want to come by the shop and pick it up for yourself, I'm putting it out tomorrow. It's a size large (dress size 8-12) and $22.

A disclaimer: Normally I don't condone the altering of vintage dresses but since this dress was made in the late 1970s/early 1980s it's 'new' enough that I feel comfortable making this a more wearable dress by altering it a bit. If it's something from 1969 or earlier, I will mend it to the best of my abilities but I would never completely redo a dress that old.


  1. Oh my gosh. The difference is amazing. Nice job! It looks great.


  2. Wow what a difference, looks gorgeous :)