What on earth does this have to do with wearing a gown? Well, I had a shower (go, me!) in case something catastrophic happened with the water. I have our weekly Zoom call with Mom, which I get dressed for. And I dove into my mending while I waited for the plumber to be done, and I was reminded of this dress - it needed some TLC.
I am a big fan of this cheongsam style of dress - it's been in the fashion lexicon for close to 100 years, with the most recent trendy era for it being the late 90s/early 00s.
I am happy it still fits, although it's a little boob-mashy and I have to pull it up to sit in it. It's a Standing Dress!
Actually, two of these are steel: the solid cuff and the earrings.
- Steel cuff - thrifted
- Cage cuff - Bauxo
- Earrings - gift from Lise
- Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
Flashback: Brocade Cheongsam Gown
I purchased this gown for $12.95 here in July 2016, found in the vintage section at WIN and looking little sad.
I was so excited about it, I modeled it as soon as I got home from my Sunday shopping trip. It was a perfect fit.
I wore it in November 2016 to my company's Christmas party, showing off my then-new arm tattoos.
You can see here that the hem is looking a little dubious.
I last wore it in October 2017 for Randall's and my 50th birthdays, and Chris' 49th. Big party!
I wore my little cropped blue fur jacket with it.
Mathy stuff: See, this is why I always look for gowns second-hand. I've now worn it three times, which is a mere $4.32 per wear. You can't say that about too many gowns!
Now that I've worn it - and fixed it! - again, I will put this beauty back into rotation for a party (when we can have parties again). It's also in my collection available as a loaner to my friends who need a gown (I've done this a few times).
Here's the mending I did. It felt good to accomplish this, which inspired me to play in my closet - I test-drove an outfit I had in my head (and made a course correction), tried other stuff on and put outfits together. It felt good.
This recently thrifted silk blouse needed a bit of care. It has matching shoulder pads, which I've chosen to keep.
I also reinforced the bottom of the loop at the back of the neck, as it was starting to tear.
And here's the hem of the cheongsam gown. It had evidence of a hasty hemming over the original serged/invisible hem when I bought it, and that ripped further when I wore it from my heel catching on loose stitches.
Aw, poor little guy. It was stressful, but it's all over now. Time for some cuddles!