This is one of my most favorite gone-vintage-in-my-closet frocks, a black cotton number by Willy Smith with a voluminous skirt and a mother of pearl buttoned back. What I did wrong was always wear it back to front, thus gradually straining various areas, notably the underarms, beyond endurance.
Though the damage was pretty extreme, I was sad about never wearing it, so I set to work with my trusty underpatch and sashiko method, using a gorgeous length of deep violet raw Thai silk I've had forever and keep for special occasions (like the bag I made for my Tarot deck), and the 1920s French glossy floss I scored in an antique store. As usual, I now like the dress even better. I wear it right way around.
Underpatch with sashiko
Raw Thai silk
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