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« on: April 11, 2011 12:10:43 PM »

First off, let me say how excited I am about this dress!  Cheesy
Found it in a thrift store for $12, and it was on sale at half off--so it only cost me $6!


I think it's amazingly gorgeous--it has purple and pink satin underneath a layer of black (with glittery blue spots) lace-like material, with a black satin bow/sash thing around the middle, and some lace around the top edge. 
I fell in love with it the minute I saw it....but it was 2 sizes too small--I'm a size 12, and it was a size 10.  I put it on, and the skirt part fit me, but when I tried to zip up the top, it was too small.  Sad
I was determined to make it work though, so I bought it and brought it home.

The reconstructed "dress":




The original dress:




And a close-up of what the materials look like:




I decided that I wanted the dress to be more versatile instead of being just a plain dress, since I like to wear dresses, but I don't wear them that often.  First, I cut the skirt part from the top of the dress.  Originally, it had tulle underneath the skirt part, but I cut that out since it was uncomfortable and made the dress look way too formal (I'm 22, so I don't exactly have very many formal events to go to anymore), and I wanted to wear it more often than just every once in a blue moon.  I then sewed a 2" elastic band to the top of the skirt (which was in 2 pieces anyway--the satin and the lace--and I also had to re-ruch the skirt, because I couldn't detach the skirt from the top without either ruining the top part, or having to re-ruch it....I chose to re-ruch it.  lol)




And here's what the skirt looked like after finishing it:






Then I started working on the top, which had a zipper up the back (this is the part that didn't fit me). 




Sooooo, I took a seam ripper to the back and took out the zipper (used the seam ripper so that I can save the zipper for another project Wink)




Then, I realized that the spaghetti straps on the top weren't even fully connected to begin with (they were very crudely sewn on), so I re-sewed them to the top:




I also took a seam ripper to the bottom of the satin part (which still had pieces of the skirt part) and re-sewed it together again.
And to fix the whole "not fitting" issue, I decided to make the back a corset back.  Took some black ribbon and made the "eyelets" for it:




Then put the whole thing on, and it fits perfectly now!

Front:



Back:





And again, this is what the two pieces (top and bottom) look like when worn together:







And the separation:





And here's what the skirt looks like when worn alone (I actually wore this outfit to work Smiley)











Let me know what you think!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011 12:14:26 PM »

AMAZING! I love the shade of purple and the lace detailing. I'm actually having a bit of trouble layering lace over satin, any tips?

I think it's great that you've made it into three pieces of clothing (skirt, top, and dress!). This is great. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011 12:18:42 PM »

This is great! You look amazing in your new outfit!
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011 12:28:23 PM »

AMAZING! I love the shade of purple and the lace detailing. I'm actually having a bit of trouble layering lace over satin, any tips?

I think it's great that you've made it into three pieces of clothing (skirt, top, and dress!). This is great. Cheesy


Thank you so much!!  ^___^
Only tip I have is to use pins!!  If you don't, it slides all over the place  >___O


This is great! You look amazing in your new outfit!

Thank you!! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011 12:46:15 PM »

Good job! Major props for making it way more wearable, and you did a fantastic job Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011 01:09:41 PM »

I love recons!  You have great vision!  And to make something you love fit into your size and lifestyle is wonderful...I especially like what you did to the top of the skirt...

The top is also cute...and I see you definitely are into purple! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011 02:44:51 PM »

This is so amazing, really, great work!
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2011 05:22:01 PM »

This is so beautiful.
On what planet though, are you a sz 12? Sz 12 junior?
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2011 08:41:10 PM »

That is absolutely fabulous! GREAT save!! Looks fantastic on you Cheesy
I love that it's two separate pieces that can be worn on their own or together. I just love it Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2011 08:52:47 PM »

Good job! Major props for making it way more wearable, and you did a fantastic job Cheesy

Thanks! Cheesy
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