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Houlihan
« on: February 03, 2011 05:01:03 AM »

Hello!

For my project, I found a Floor length long sleeved silk dress that just looked horribly awful and had some stains on it. But, it was 100% silk AND a beautiful green! It was only $3, and had plenty of enough fabric for me to cut/hide the stains. Yay!



I was so excited for this project, because I had always wanted to upcycle clothing, but I rarely finish anything I start, so having a deadline was so awesome!



So basically, I used the long sleeves for the top part, gathering them and connecting a sort of funky collar. (I'm not really one for plain halter tops, so I had to mix it up a little bit.) Now it's an empire waist, with a completely open back (don't have a picture of that, camera died...Oops!)



Then I made a little headband out of some remaining fabric:



Things learned during project:
-Silk and I need to cultivate a better relationship, it really doesn't like me!
-Thank goodness for projects when you are stuck inside due to storm after storm after storm after storm....
- Cats will steal the hook parts of eye-and-hook closures. I am still missing three!


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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011 05:22:10 AM »

 Smiley nice job on a truly hideous dress! it looked like something Dame Edna would wear! nice and elegant now though! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011 08:53:56 AM »

very cute!  love the matching headband.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011 09:33:22 AM »

Adorable! You did an awesome job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011 10:40:54 AM »

Wow great recon!
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011 12:34:04 PM »

Not only does it look great, the dress looks comfortable.  I bet that silk feels great on the skin!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011 12:37:16 PM »

Super cute!
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Houlihan
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011 01:37:12 PM »

Not only does it look great, the dress looks comfortable.  I bet that silk feels great on the skin!

That is probably the only redeeming quality about ripping all my hair out trying to get the silk to behave and do what I wanted. It does feel heavenly. Thanks! Smiley
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greenfaerie
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011 08:15:52 PM »

Great makeover of a truly frumpy dress with awesome material!  So much more flattering and stylish now. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2011 07:51:15 PM »

The thing about silk is it's got that slippy quality to it...wherever you can...double up fabric and add a fuseable interlining. They sell it at all fabric stores and you just iron it on to the back of the fabric to make it a little stiffer and easier to use! Otherwise GREAT pattern! Smiley
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