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« on: March 25, 2011 12:09:30 PM »

I'd had this in my stash for ages but only recently I had a few ideas on how to make it over, again it's part of my refashion series called Hand-Me-Down Horrors where I take unloved clothing and (fingers crossed) make it good.





So I hacked off the sleeves, shortened it a ton, added a button front closure to make themost of the vertical stripes in the bust area and made some flutter sleeves from the old sleeves, oh and the button loops came from the bottom of the old sleeves so even less work for me to do!

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Hope you like it, feel free to check out my blog for other refashions and some tutorials too.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011 12:33:38 PM »

This is so very pretty! I actually have seen similarly-shaped garments in the shops and always drool over their feminine-type appeal. Needless to say, I am only a 'window shopper' as I am broke, LOL. I am so pleased to see that you repurposed a MUMU.

Sidenote: I have an aunt who has an entire closet full of them. I love all the colours and the prints in them but HATE their lack-luster shapes. Then again, isn't that the point of a MUMU?

What you did with this baby is very nice. Now you must ask yourself... what to do with all that LEFOVER MUMU? BWAHAHAHHAHAAAAAaaa aaaaa!
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011 12:36:24 PM »

Wow -- I can't believe that before and after! Great work! I love that material.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011 12:37:28 PM »

this is unbelievably gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011 12:46:24 PM »

this one is definitely my fave Mink...although all of your hand me down horror re-cons are just brilliant Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011 12:48:50 PM »

I knew this was going to be yours as soon as I saw the thumbnail! It's gorgeous and like everything you do, I WANT IT!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011 01:25:49 PM »

I wish I got hand me downs like that.......
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011 01:43:09 PM »

I love this, so cute!
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2011 02:37:44 PM »

So pretty!
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2011 02:45:59 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2011 03:00:59 PM »

That is seriously cute! I am always impressed by the way you identify and release the potential in your "before" items.
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2011 05:52:31 PM »

I LOVE THIS!! Great find and a phenomenal revamp!
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2011 06:33:55 PM »

So gorgeous!
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2011 07:39:36 PM »

Ridiculously Cute!
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011 08:41:58 PM »

Wow, wow, wow!  Really....WOW!
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2011 11:30:33 PM »

Oh dear, You have a real talent when it comes to making something hideous to a really stunning piece of work!
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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2011 12:09:34 AM »

What an incredible print! Kudo's for you for saving it from the cast-off pile and giving it new life again!
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2011 01:32:29 AM »

I love how it turned out! I'm feeling the summer allready!
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2011 11:54:01 AM »

Awesome! You took something frumpy & made it fabulous!
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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2011 03:07:10 PM »

You're so good at seeing potential in things, really inspiring!   Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2011 08:15:39 AM »

How cute is that dress!

You inspire me to go through my wardrobe and try to reconstruct some of the clothes I never wear...
Who doesn't have a few items you wish would look better, would fit better or you even wonder why you ever bought it in the first place  Wink !

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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2011 08:51:30 AM »

I would have never imagined the before. Where did you decide the changed in shape? Was it while looking at it or more figuring it out as you go?
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2011 11:18:50 AM »

Oooo Love it Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2011 11:20:08 AM »

WOW! I wish I had the ability to take something that us just...awful and turn it into something so much more flattering and cute. Kudos and great job!
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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2011 11:42:37 AM »

I would have never imagined the before. Where did you decide the changed in shape? Was it while looking at it or more figuring it out as you go?
I've had this dress for literally about 4 years and I've nearly rethrifted it a ton of times because I just couldn't work out what it wanted to be in it's new life  Tongue but the length of it really just dictated the shape, once you cut the unwanted length off sometimes you end up with a completely different shape. Then just playing around with the best part of the dress which to me was the central stripes, they just weren't enough of a feature before the button loops and buttons were added. You know you're on to a winner when you can't remember how it looked in its before state  Grin

Thank you again though for all your lovely comments, I'm blushing.
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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2011 06:49:32 PM »

I love this! The print seems much more at home in this new incarnation--it seemed a bit to feminine for that blocky seventies thing. You did a great job with the flutter sleeve too!
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« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2011 11:48:39 PM »

pretty  Cheesy !
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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2011 12:30:15 AM »

Soooo cute! I love how you took this dress from conservative old school blah to adorable and trendy Smiley The length you have it at is perfect and the sleeve ruffles are adorable.
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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2011 12:32:26 AM »

and I forgot to add how amazing those buttons are! Buttons are always cute, but kicked it up a notch by choosing buttons that fit in with the pattern of the fabric (the white circles.)
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« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2011 11:37:46 AM »

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