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« on: March 10, 2004 07:37:45 AM »

My mother gave me this dress that fits perfectly, and very nice, but it's completely not my style. It's a navy blue polo-shirt style dress. Does anybody have any ideas how I can make it more bohemian or rock-ish without totally destroying it?
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004 07:47:46 AM »

You could punk it up a bit with studs (maybe on the collar and cuffs?)  and you could go at it with one of those clorox bleach pens.  (I would test in a seam allowance to see if it gives an effect you like)

good luck!  And post  your results, please.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2004 07:49:52 AM »

screenprint or stamp a pattern around the hem (shorten it first if necc.) i saw a girl the other day who had done this in white to the top of a navy skirt and it was great. the possibilities of what to stamp are endless.

another thing you could do is cover the hole thing in handwritten text using a white or light colored fabric paint pen - song lyrics, random words, whatever.

there's always sew on patches or trim of some sort. or ruch the sides so the hem is uneven, or the sleeves, or both. or add a couple racing stripes down the front.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2004 08:02:17 AM »

If the basic dress fits well and you aren't afraid of doing a little ripping, take out the collar and do some creative serging at the neckline.  And if you're really brave you could modify the hem a little, too.  Make it asymetrical, for instance.

You could also tie-dye or batik it with bleach or use a bleach pen to decorate it.  

As has been mentioned, patches, trims, fringes, beads, buttons and other embelishments would be in order as well.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2004 09:14:56 AM »

There's always the age-old punk rock embelishment - SAFTEY PINS. Buy a bulk pack of silver tone. Pin a row of them facing vertically all the way around the collar and hem. Make a symbol out of them at the top left of the dress where an emblem would go (if it doesn't already have one). They're totally removable so your mom won't get upset that you "ruined" your dress. You can pin silly/angry/snarky patches to the dress with saftey pins too, either scattered on the dress front and back or condensed in the upper left like random merit or sponsorship badges. Or make your own embroidered patches (the patterns at www.sublimestitching.com are great). Make the edges of the patches look worn by pulling out threads. You can get conceptual or message-oriented with your self-made patches.  Skulls are a classic choice.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2004 10:16:54 PM »

another thing, polo shirts are kinda OI.....

You could stencil the Dropkick Murphy's cat onto it...

take to it with some safety pins and a bit of tartan...

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2004 10:40:16 PM »

I friend of mine had a dress just like that, and she knitted flowers in varying sizes and stitched them onto it willy-nilly it was way swing...totally cute
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2004 08:23:46 AM »

Thanks! The sublimestitching site is an awesome find. I'm still not exactly sure what to do, but I've got some ideas. I'll post pics when I finish with it!
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2004 07:37:12 PM »

Sorry this is so late, but if you haven't started in on the dress yet, I recommend insetting a strip of fabric from just under the bust to the waist.  It could be a crocheted round, or else something sheer, or a funky print you like.  Then you can cut the colar out, and sew a ribbon over the cut edge, so that it's a simple V-neck instead of a polo neck.  that would also give you the opportunity to stitch in some darts ot make it sexier.  If you did that, you could even make it strapless, if you contrived to elasticize the top (not being a great seamstress, I'm not sure of the best way to do that, but it must be possible.  Perhaps by sewing in a pre-fab shelf bra, or one lifted from a tank that you don't like anymore.)  Or else, you could cut the top off altogether and make a waistline for a simple knit skirt, if you didn't have time for a more involved makeover and just want to make it useful fast.  I recommend checking out the button discussion for embellishment ideas...  Or ball fringe.  Ball fringe is always good.
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