Friday, March 1, 2013
I picked up the green wool dress this week and tried it on for my tailor. She was a bit nervous about the lining replacement, the new silk had to be hand-sewn into the bodice and she was certain it was going to pull and be a big mess.
As soon as I put it on I was more than happy with the transformation, the silk is warm and smooth and a perfect barrier to the wool. There was no pulling across the bodice as my tailor had feared, I think she was as pleased as I was!
The entire cost to rehabilitate the green wool J.Crew frock was $90: $45 for the green silk charmeuse and $45 to the tailor, tax all-in.
I've brought the frock down to the dry cleaner so that it will be ready to go on St. Patricks's Day, I'll be able to show you the hand-stitiching then. I've left a coral silk taffeta dress with the tailor to be picked up in two weeks time, the next segment of Frock Rehab.
My thoughts on the process? It's a hassle and it's expensive. Still, I think it is worth it to fix a dress which otherwise might not be worn and which has some fine attributes, lining aside. To wear a silk lined dress is really comfortable and luxurious, great for sensitive skin and breathable on the body.
That said, my goal going forward is to never buy a dress if I have to re-line it. I can certainly get by with the frocks I have and if I really want something new I'll look to Brora for a silk dress, or be certain that any other silk dress I buy is unlined. Polyester be gone!
I hope your Friday is going well and that you enjoy your weekend. I'll see you Monday.