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« on: September 08, 2010 10:56:49 AM »

Look a basset hound!


I am just tickled at how this one turned out. And elastic bobbins rock my world. There were some touch and go moments and for a minute I thought I had ruined it.

I got this dress on clearance at Target probably because I love jersey dresses (can you tell?). But nothing about this dress was flattering.
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The waist was the easiest part. I wound a spiral under the original shirring with a bobbin of elastic thread until the bobbin ran out. In the picture the white is the shirring I did. See the crooked lines? It doesn't matter. Ha I love this stuff.


Anyway I am Cheshire Cat over this dress. The square neck and high waist puts me in mind of Jane Austin (if Jane Austin was half black) I wore it to work today and I feel so pretty. And the dress is comfy.

Shirring is easy as easy can be. Trust me I am not a seamstress. If I can do it, it's idiot proof.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010 11:08:50 AM »

LOVE the recon, you did an AWESOME job and you do look really pretty!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010 11:12:04 AM »

What a beautiful dress you turned it into!
It looks great on you.
(And the before was quite ugly, at least in my opinion.)
Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010 11:42:11 AM »

Its gorgeous now.  Great save Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2010 01:22:21 PM »

Wow! Great recon! I love the neckline & the sleeves Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2010 02:08:29 PM »

To be honest, I only clicked on your project because there was a basset hound in the picture. Tongue  Way to save a dress!  It looks very nice on you now.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2010 03:24:33 PM »

To be honest, I only clicked on your project because there was a basset hound in the picture. Tongue  Way to save a dress!  It looks very nice on you now.

That's exactly why my husband can't walk him without me.
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2010 03:48:15 PM »

ooo super pretty
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2010 06:39:30 PM »

i loved the "if jane austen was half black" line!
really enjoying your blog of fixing all the possibilities in your clothes closet, and want to try shirring now. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2010 08:48:49 PM »

That looks really awesome!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2010 10:16:48 PM »

omg, that looks absolutely FABULOUS!!! you have a keeper there! it looks so flattering, and that new neckline!!! it works SO FLAWLESSLY, and your sleeve recon makes it look very designed Cheesy how did you do it?

well done!
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2010 07:49:51 AM »

thanks everyone for the encouragement!
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2010 10:21:17 AM »

love what you did with the dress. It looks great on you.
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2010 12:40:39 PM »

super cute
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2010 04:19:52 PM »

I have a basset hound, too!

And I dig the recon  Grin

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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2010 06:26:40 PM »

Oooo, I LOVE it!!   GORGEOUS recon!  Cheesy



Tbh though, the only thing is that my inner OCD-riddled woman is saying "the sleeves are uneven  >___O" .  lol
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2010 07:45:00 AM »

This is one of my very most favorite dress reconstructions I've seen. GREAT JOB!
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2010 07:58:28 AM »

The square neck and high waist puts me in mind of Jane Austin (if Jane Austin was half black)
haha!  i never wouldve bought this dress to begin with, but i want the recon!  you did such a great job!!
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2010 09:12:35 AM »

I've been reading your blog, too, and it is inspiring me to do some things, too!  And I love the dress and you do look pretty!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2010 10:57:12 AM »

It's super flattering! Great work!  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2010 01:09:15 PM »

Great job. The dress looks fantastic on you.
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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2010 01:14:52 PM »

What a fantastic recon!  I love it and it looks great on you!
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2010 01:25:25 PM »

love, love, love it!
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2010 04:27:18 AM »

I have to say that the before and after pictures of you in this dress are crazy hilarious. Your face in the before looks like you're saying, "Am I frumpy enough? I hate this thing..." and then you're outside playing with your puppy in your nice black heels looking all sexy and fun. It's awesome to me how little you did to completely transform this dress. Awesome job!
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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2010 09:16:38 AM »

I can NOT believe that that's the same dress -- you took a muumuu and turned it into Austen-chic. You did an AWSOME job, truly Jane-worthy!  Cheesy

So, I'm off to pillage your blog now... And I'm luvin' the dawgie!
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2010 07:56:56 PM »

Went to the blog and saw the rest of the dress make-over. For those of you who haven't yet, GO NOW!!! There's MUCH more to this dress and you'll be too impressed with all that took place on the cutting room floor.  Also a GREAT write-up on shirring w/ elastic thread in general, which I plan to put to use on this HUGE green t-shirt that I love but it wears like a flour sack at the moment and I had no idea what to do with it but I do now! Gonna lettuce the neckline and sleeve hems and it'll be wearable once more.

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