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Topic: Old Ugly dress to Retro Mini  (Read 8986 times)
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« on: February 23, 2010 09:50:40 PM »

My daughter found this huge ugly dress at our local thrift store. She loved the bright retro pattern but the dress was roughly a size 20-22. She wears a size 2. I told her that I would give it the old upcycle effort to try to redo it to a fraction of the size so that she might could wear it. I used one of her current mini dresses to give me a rough pattern and sizing. I used the center of the dress so that I could still use the current neckline and back zipper closure, cutting all the excess from the sides. I made new shorter sleeves. She seems to be pleased with the outcome. She loves "one of a kind designs" and loves vintage clothes therefore, we do a lot of thrift shopping! So what do you think of our $2 new retro mini? I might go back and add some large black buttons or a belt for a little added decor.

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010 10:48:24 PM »

Oh wow, so cute! It seems to fit really nicely
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010 12:03:05 AM »

This looks fantastic. What great fabric!
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010 12:20:12 AM »

Brilliant job!

I would add a belt, it'll work better than big buttons because there are a lot of circles and vertical lines, so a horizontal break would be perfect.

Great work, and it suits her. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010 11:20:21 PM »

Thanks for the comments. I really appreciated them. I only sew as a hobby with limited supplies (my machine and my dinning room table lol). However my mother just gave me the some electric scissors from the early 70's she dug out of her stash. The are the greatest thing EVER and I can go zipping through fabric in seconds Grin comments and suggestion are always welcome. Fellow craftsters are the best advisers and teachers!
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2010 07:54:41 AM »

Adorable - I love the sleeves!
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2010 08:03:47 AM »

Wow!  Super cute on her.  I love it.  I agree about the belt, help to break up the pattern a bit.  Great job!
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010 10:07:13 AM »

Awesome! The fit and cut are beautiful. I think you are right, it needs buttons.

« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2010 03:53:47 PM »

It looks and fits amazing! And btw, I love your hair. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010 04:22:03 PM »

Love it!!!!! And yes a black belt would reall add to it.. and it really does suit her perfectly!!!

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