This gorgeous vintage velvet dress was one of the pieces in the huge bags of vintage clothing that I acquired via my local 'buy nothing' Facebook page. You can see the video of me opening the bags and discovering the treasures inside here.
This dress is made from gorgeous soft black velvet and was in really good condition, so it didn't need a huge amount of work to bring it back to life. The first issue was that the zip was broken, and that the dress was really hard to get on and off as there was only a very small opening in the side seam. It was also a tiny bit too small for me around the waist, needed some minor adjustment over the bust, and needed the hem shortened as it was not the most flattering length on me.
I also wanted to add some embellishments to the dress, but keep it as something that could be worn for daytime, or dressed up for evening, so I chose to add a black braid and some small black faceted glass beads around the neckline and sleeves.
I love the finished dress. Its classic style is something that I'll wear for a long time. I can't wait to work on revamping more of the fabulous treasures in these bags of clothes.