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Topic: paisley horror sack to slinky dress of joy!  (Read 6657 times)
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« on: February 05, 2011 11:58:20 AM »

This is my first comp entry! eeee!   Grin

teaser pic!:


I couldnt find anything really horrifying in my local Salvation army so I asked the sweet ladies who work in there if they had anything really ugly downstairs and they got really into the idea and we had fun going through a wonderful gold velour legging/crop top set and some revolting pink trousers and then they came up this this gem:




I instantly recoiled in horror and snapped it up for a mere 75p! I also bought a little silk and lace chemise for 3 which I wanted the lace strip from and can use the rest of the chemise for other projects so my grand total cost for this was 3.75 SCORE!

Then when I got this home I found ancient rusty pins IN THE ARMPITS! I couldn't believe it! one was snapped and was pointing right out! I took them out (obviously!) and thought it'd be fun to show you them!



After trying to cope with all this paisley I decided to cut it right back and make it a pretty and quite smart summer evening dress.
It turned out to be way more complicated than I though to completely reshape it, its stretchy synthetic fabric and WAAAH brain melt!
From the front:



and the back:



I had a pretty hard time getting the stretchy lace onto the stretchy synthetic dress and nooo it went a little wonky! argh! Embarrassed

Here is the front detail:



and the back detail:



I was relieved to finish this one its been really fun and taught me a LOT which is what I really wanted to get out of doing this so happy days!  Grin

very open to tips and advice!
Hope you enjoyed looking at this - I enjoyed making it!
  Cheesy



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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011 12:05:09 PM »

Rusty pins!  The horror!  I found pins in a skirt I picked up thrifting once, but they sure weren't rusty.

Kudos to a great reconstruction, that dress is so pretty I wouldn't have believe it came from something so awful if you didn't have the photographic evidence!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011 12:06:19 PM »

awesome! i'm glad you went for the "super ugly" part of the challenge!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011 01:58:22 PM »

I looked at the "before" pic and thought there was no way you were getting something cute out of that! It's not the first time I've been totally wrong. The front detailing looks great, I really like what you did with the neckline.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011 07:16:21 PM »

yeesh!  That was definitely super ugly -- and now it's definitely super cute.  Nice work.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011 08:01:10 PM »

Wow, I'd call this less of a recon and more of a miracle. Seriously great job!
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011 08:28:06 PM »

Fabulous recon! You did a great job, can't believe something that cute could come out of the 'before'.

Those nails were scary!
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2011 02:53:01 AM »

wow! thank you for the responses! I was feeling a bit unsure of this dress- a friend of mines girlfriend came for dinner so we could meet her and she was SO horrible to me about this dress (and everything tbh!) I didnt even want to finish it. So thank you for boosting my confidence guys! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2011 03:04:21 PM »

Is it bad that I kind-of like the before dress? It's 20s style looking.. The rusty nails were horrendous though; not to mention dangerous. Of course the after is so much better, and you kept the fabric and the drop-waist shape. I would totally wear it. very nice job.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2011 07:23:38 AM »

I like what you did with the lines of lace--the way they carry around to the back.
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