Friday, May 18, 2012

Put a Stick Pin in It

This dress is too big.  It always has been but I usually belt it.  Today, though, I decided to put a stick pin in it:

Which was surprisingly really very easy.  I just gathered the excess fabric to the left and worked a stick pin through the folds.  I did have to try it a couple of times to get it where I wanted it, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  Here is a close up (please to ignore the lint):

I layered the dress over a striped tee (J. Crew), added cuffed boots (Gap), polka dot socks (Target), a tassel necklace (Old Navy), Nikki Jacoby earrings and a cuff (thrifted). 

Also, last time I wore these boots, a side-view was requested, so here that is:  

And I think that’s it for me.  I have a pretty busy weekend planned, including a Stone in Love concert.  Stone in Love is a very good local Journey cover band and they are so much fun to watch.  We are watching them at the Star Theater in Portland and here is a video from last year's show at the Aladdin:

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend!!



  1. That looks neat! I always belt dresses that are too big, but I think I'll try a pin next time.

    I think you asked me about how I hem sleeves off of stuff I buy, and the answer is that I just don't buy stuff with short sleeves in the first place! :P

    The Tall Blonde Artist

  2. Fun way to rein in some extra fabric! The draping adds interest to a simple dress. :)

  3. oooo gracey the pin creates such an edgy & sophisticated look with the hot boots too! big like. the necklace just adds to the glamour. holy journey cover band fun! :)

  4. That is such a great idea!! i love how the dress drapes on the side!!

  5. Gracey, I love the idea of the pin. And those boots are amazing! I'm glad you gave the side view. You have really nice legs, BTW!!! loving the peek of socks coming out of your booties.

  6. nice photos, have a good weekend

  7. You've got some stickpin skillzzzz, gurl! I love the side detail it creates, and the really GORGE boots you wore with that dress!

    ♥ laura
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  8. This is an ingenious solution for a dress that's too big and it makes for some great draping.

  9. I really love this look! The placement of the pin is perfect and gives this such a feminine look.


  10. I love what you did with the stick pin - the ruching adds a lot of great visual interest to the dress.
    Chic on the Cheap

  11. What a great idea, it makes the dress so special!

  12. Using the stick pin was a great idea! I picture this with a knot on the side too- as another way to cinch it in at your waist besides belting it!

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

  13. What a great idea! I'd never thought to gather and pin a dress like that instead of belting it. I love the result and those booties are stunning! Hope you had a blast at the concert!

  14. Perfect outfit, your necklace is wonderful :)

  15. WHOA. Whoa whoa whoa. Hold on a sec here, Gracey, this is a game changer. Will admit that I'm not 100% sure I knew what a stick pin was before this, but I'm sure as heck filing the idea away for future use!


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