June 23, 2011

Vintage Dress Re-Fashion

I found this dress at a garage sale for $1 and I thought it was cute, I loved the pattern but I wasn't crazy about the neckline, shoulder pads and the sleeves. I've always loved vintage dresses because they're way more modest than the dresses you find at forever 21 now. I love forever 21 and their dresses are adorable in their pretty patterns and all but they're almost always super short! So when I found this dress I loved the pattern and the length it just needed some minor alterations to make it my own! :)
Here is the dress transformation.....





This collar had to go! it was way to ruffly (idk if that's a word) for me. 

Here is a pic of me using my awesome seam ripper to take the collar off...


Once it was off I noticed my sewing machine broke :( so I had to sew it back by hand..


I wasn't going to do anything to the sleeves but when I tried it on they didn't button? Either I have huge arms or ladies in the 60's or whenever this dress is from had tiny arms! I'm going with the tiny arms! (I'm in denial of my large arms and no it's not muscle, I wish!) I wore this dress to church this past weekend and forgot to take a picture of me wearing it with my hair all nice and make up on so today I asked my 4 year old son to take a picture of me wearing it and of course I had to crop my face off because my hair was a mess and I had no make up on and didn't feel like doing my make up or fixing my hair up for a picture. Plus the focus should be on the dress not myself lol So here are the awesome pictures my 4 year old son took...
So I shortened the sleeves, took the ruffled collar off and added a belt 
to make this vintage dress my own! :) What do you think? 

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7 comments:

  1. Cute! Great eye for seeing beyond that crazy collar to something modern!

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  2. LOVE it! That looks adorable on you, and the belt is such a cute addition, too. Good eye there! I would have walked right by that ruffly mess, but it looks fantastic without the lacey collar! I'm with you on the modesty issue . . . they just keep getting shorter at the bottom and lower at the top and this lady doesn't want her boobs and butt all over town ;-) Great job!

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  3. Really cute! I agree about the neckline. I love ruffles but wasn't loving that look. You did a nice job of transforming it into something more modern and comfy!

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  4. omg! :):) ESP!! :) it looks great on you! and you hand-stitched it!? that's awesome! :)

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  5. It looks like a totally different dress! Very cute and creative.

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  6. SHUT UP!!! It is SO cute! I would just pass by something with a collar like that but you totally rocked the seam ripper and made it awesome!

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    http://shannonsews.blogspot.com/2011/06/lovely-surprise.html

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