'Yes please... of course I'll try on this golden brocade dress...' is what came to my mind when I spotted this fifties ballgown at Laura Dols (Amsterdam.) The first try I was so disappointed, the zipper wouldn't close and the dress looked just... wrong on me. As I took it off I felt the tears bubbling up (well, not literally but the proverbial I-don't-fit-this-vintage-beauty-tears... I'm sure you kittens know what I'm talking about.) I love gold and I have been infatuated with gold dresses ever since watching 'To Catch a Thief' where Grace Kelly wears a gold lamé gown in the closing scene, an Edith Head design. When I put the dress back on the hanger, I noticed that the straps were shortened. So I figured I'd give the beauty another try without putting the straps on (strapless).... like a GLOVE! Without the straps I was able to pull the dress down a bit, making the waistline fit perfectly and the bust cover my puppies to perfection. It turned out the straps were still intact and when I undid the shortening, the were long enough to fit me with the rest of the dress. So whenever a vintage garment doesn't quite fit... but almost... make sure to check out what adjustments can be made for it to be your size. It can be that easy!