My latest dress rehab is too hot to let go of, but sadly it is a bit small on me. So look for it on Bombshell Rehab in the next few days. The navy and gold combo give it a military feel and it's so utilitarian with the side pockets!
When I first came across this dress, it was too long (almost ankle-length), its buttons were chipped, and had some pilling that made it look more worn than it really was. It was downright dowdy...but I saw potential in its great pencil shape.
I took 9" off the bottom and put in a new blind hem. Fortunately, I was able to retain the back-slit. It also got a thorough pill removal that gave the fabric new life.
The chipped buttons were replaced with gold crest buttons salvaged from an old blazer and placed lower down to allow for a racer-back look with the straps.
The finishing touch was a vintage belt that seems to have been made for it: textured black and navy leather with a gold buckle in an abstract shell shape.
I feel like an Andrews Sister in it!