|Green wool Madeline dress by J.Crew.|
Green silk charmeuse fabric, on the right, sourced on ebay.
|You can see the silk charmeuse has a nice soft hand even in this photo.|
She's agreed to try to replace the lining of this green wool dress, which she has seen before as she has already shortened it to knee length for me.
The lining needs to be ripped out piece by piece, replicated, and then sewn back in. This means that frocks with lots of draping and whatnot are even more complicated to rehabilitate.
|My green wool dress with accessories.|
If it was lined in silk it would be as comfortable as this dress:
|J.Crew silk Giverny dress.|
Fully lined in silk.
The second frock is a gorgeous silk taffeta with a fitted bodice and full skirt from 2008.
|Silk taffeta dress with full skirt in coral from J.Crew.|
That's the silk charmeuse I've purchased for the lining on the right.
Again the bodice on it is fairly simple as is the skirt, crossing fingers some magic can be worked!
I know what you're thinking, how much? Well she couldn't exactly say so the surprises will be plentiful in three weeks time: have the frocks been re-lined at all? How difficult was it? How much is the bill? Will any more frocks be skipping down the silk-lining path?
This is the dress that started the whole process:
|Sequin tweed dress J.Crew 2007.|
Fully lined in silk charmeuse.
|That fabulous silk lining, the inspiration for the whole commotion.|
I'll keep you posted on Frock Rehab. In the meantime I've decided to try taking the lining out of a silk taffeta frock by myself, finish the interior seams and then simply wear it with a silk slip. It could be a complete disaster but I'll own up to it either way!
I hope your Sunday is fabulous. It's the Superbowl and you know what that means: Snacks. Have fun!