A Chance for Readers to Advise Us
Not too long ago, Valerie bought this vintage black taffeta dress at one of her favorite resale shops.
She had this idea (now DON'T LAUGH!) that it looked a lot like the black taffeta dress Bette Davis wore in probably everybody's favorite scene in All About Eve.
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Ah, if only our memories reflected the truth more accurately. As you can see, Miss Davis's dress is way off the shoulders. Mistake number one. And, as you can also see, Valerie's dress has an awful lot of frou-frou ruffles, while the shoulders of Miss Davis's dress lie flat. Mistake number two.
Here's a close-up. These ruffles are not only BIG, there are two layers of them, just in case one wasn't enough.
But wait: there are still more! Here's the back of the dress.
There are so many ruffles, if she had a bit of white lace around her head, she could easily be mistaken for a French maid!
Hmmm… Or maybe for a 19th century dowager.
Okay, readers. Here's where you get to offer a bit of advice. What's a girl to do (especially, a girl who doesn't sew and has a limited budget) with all these ruffles? Otherwise it's a great dress. The taffeta's in great shape, and, as an additional unexpected bonus, it has two deep pockets on the sides. Can the ruffles be cut off, or sewn down, or shredded into tufts, or painted, or…??? Let us know what you think! Is it going to be a bumpy night? Not with all those ruffles it ain't.