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Fashion Forward: No lace, please

After a fruitless day of shopping at the Columbia Pike Goodwill store (okay, I got plenty of stuff, but not what I set out to find!), I struck out on my own to peruse the Rockville location. I had to find something to wear to the Fashion Fights Poverty gala!

I did find something: a vintage red suit jacket and skirt that fit me to a T. I loved the color, the puffy shoulders, and the tuxedo-esque back of the jacket. But the lace collar…it just had to go.

Rockville Goodwill vintage suit

When in doubt, text message bathroom-mirror photos to your friends on the Goodwill staff! At least, that's what I do.

The suit fabric perfectly matched the Jason Wu for Target dress I planned to wear it with, but the lace was just out of place. My black dress had sequins around the bottom, and as much as I do like both lace and sequins, they didn’t need to be anywhere near each other for this event.

I took my sharpest sewing scissors and cut carefully around the collar of the jacket, hoping to remove the scalloped lace in one piece. Success! I am now the proud owner of this versatile piece of lace:

Lace Lace Lace!

I have received several suggestions that I should use the lace as a collar with sweaters and tanks, and I think I’ll do just that. A fastener and a little starch is all I need to keep this lace looking fresh around my neck!

But I had one last challenge before I could wear the jacket out in public. No matter how carefully I cut, there were still tiny pieces of lace showing around the collar. When two friends suggested I color in the spots with a red marker, I laughed. Yes, I laughed at my friends and doubted them, but I cautiously tried it and they were right. Unless you were getting up close to smell my perfume (ooh la la), you couldn’t even tell the jacket had originally had a collar.

Vintage red jacket

Trying on the jacket at home. I LOVE the back of this vintage piece!

In the end, I was proud of my outfit for the event and proud of the bit of DIY work I had done. Maybe I should embark on fashion projects more often? What do you think, fashionistas?

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5 Comments for Fashion Forward: No lace, please

April 4, 2012

Sweetheart, you need to invest in a seam ripper. They’re extremely inexpensive and totally indespensible.

Shanna Gidwani
April 4, 2012

It’s true! The fashionista did send me these pictures when she found this gem. Great work dcgf!

I’m so jealous!! That jacket is a fantastic and a great find! Looks like you did a perfect job of removing the collar without having to tear apart and resew the jacket.

DC Goodwill Fashionista
April 5, 2012

I’m a big fan of the seam ripper, but in this case it would have also separated two layers of fabric that I would have had to stitch back together. And I’m much better at taking things apart than I am putting them back together!

Jerry Matthews
January 22, 2013

You had written excatly what I was trying to explain to my friend, Now I have proof to put my point I will share your post with her. Thanks a lot……

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