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« on: November 04, 2009 08:59:59 AM »

i've been listening to a lot of 80s pop and lady gaga (never thought i'd say that, but i loove her now! eeee!!) lately and it seems to have really been influencing the stuff i'm making. not to mention i found a huge stack of some of the craziest looking dresses/shirts at one of those janky off-the-beaten-path thrift stores in the bad part of town. check it:


i've made this before a few times (always in different colors) and everyone seems to love them, so i keep making them Wink the brown lace is salvaged from an old dress (and i still have a toooon of it left - any suggestions what to pair it with in the future? h8 matching brown to stuff. i have jersey in pretty much every color you can imagine).


this is probably the ugliest dress i have ever purchased. the material is slinky/silky - like a swimsuit. there is a peplum around the (elastic!)dropped waist, although you cannot see it in this picture. my friend allie found the dress. told me i needed to keep the peplum. so i did.


you can't really see the peplum, but i promise it is there! the pink trim is salvaged from that terrible pink mistake i made a few years ago. it is silky just like the main material of the dress.


just like the original dress, the peplum does not reach all the way around. there is a scoop back, though  Wink


my friend kristina found this one. she wanted me to leave it as-is, but i was hatin' on the elastic waist (SRSLY what is up with all these elastic waistbands! oh well, i now have an enorm supply of salvaged elastic hahaha Grin).

... it ended up being one of the more labor-intensive recons i've done. i was originally going to give the bottom a circle skirt. but i kind of effed that up SOOOO bubble skirt it is Grin Grin


that neck tie? it came with the dress. i think it is a neck tie, anyway. i would have guessed belt but there was also a belt included so idk.


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last one - sorry this pic is so awful, this shirt did NOT want to photograph.


i thought the blue looked a little dark, so i paired it with the same yellow as in the polka dots Smiley the bottom is trimmed in what was left of the shirt.


crummy close-up, but you can see the ruffly detailing, and also the line of black piping that separates the shirt from the skirt.


that's all! i still have a few more fug shirts/dresses, so expect more where that came from Cool
please let me know what you think Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009 09:39:21 AM »

I am in love with that teal dress! You made such awful thrift finds into beautiful wearable things!
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009 09:40:34 AM »

WOW! Love them all. You did an amazing job! As for the brown lace.. I think brown goes with just about any color. It's sort of a neutral.  Would look great with some orange or avocado like old seventies colorings.  

I have a question, and hope it doesn't make me look like an idiot, but what exactly is a peplum? Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009 10:45:57 AM »

I have a question, and hope it doesn't make me look like an idiot, but what exactly is a peplum? Smiley



nope, you don't sound like an idiot at all! i didn't figure out what they were until i bought a pattern that included a peplum, and even then i had to have someone tell me how to pronounce it Tongue

a peplum is a little flared ruffle, usually cut in a circle (instead of gathered), that has been attached to the waistline of a skirt/shirt/dress/jacket/etc. visual example:

(dang that dress is awesome)

hope that helps!!

and thank you for the nice feedback Kiss Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009 10:47:57 AM »

I think that you are incredible! Sewing is probably my worse sewing skill, so I always admire it, but you have such an incredible eye, too. Those things are ugly, but you've made them look great on you!
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009 10:48:26 AM »

you. are. epic.

love the style, the colors, the construction.

want to purchase you for my craft room!
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2009 11:51:02 AM »

dang im jealous! wish i could do that!!!! awsome recontructions... u got a good eye girl, i never would have thought those would make such cute modern dresses n outfits. FaBuLOus!
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2009 12:33:25 PM »

I LOVE the second dress! The fabric is so bright and cheerful.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2009 12:58:08 PM »

WOW - these are great - I especially love number two and three! Great job Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2009 01:01:12 PM »

i LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you make. awesome dresses!
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