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« on: April 27, 2012 03:23:54 PM »

I bought this dress at a garage sale where the homeowner was an elderly woman who was downsizing.  I think the dress was home made since there are no tags in it. 
Before:

As you can see it's much too large for me! But I really liked the pintucks, since I have no patience to sew this sort of detailing in my 'from scratch' dresses.
After:

I removed the elastic waist and shortened the bodice.  I also took in the sides and the arms and inserted an invisible zipper in the side seam.  I shortened the skirt by quite a few inches and removed the pockets.  When reattaching the skirt to the bodice I pleated it instead of the original gathers.  Finally, I replaced the cheap-looking buttons with some buttons from my stash! 
It was a pretty easy project, and I am quite pleased with the results Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012 03:35:21 PM »

Really, really cute! It looks so good now.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012 03:50:12 PM »

Wow! That was a wonderful find! And how nice that it was handmade x2. It looks quite fantastic all sized properly on you Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012 04:09:26 PM »

You did an excellent job with this. It still looks "old fashioned" but in the hip way that new clothes are trying to imitate. Did you save the fabric you removed? I bet you could make a great matching bag or clutch from it, you know, if you're into that sort of thing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012 04:28:31 PM »

Good find! Your "after" is very cute!
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012 04:52:32 PM »

This is amazing! I can never find cool old stuff that makes me think "ooh, this would look good taken up/in/modified". I can't wait until I DO find stuff and can do awesome things like this! Kudos ♥
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012 05:28:52 PM »

You really have made this into a very cute dress - well done!
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012 06:53:13 PM »

Wow! You reincarnated the dress into an amazing piece with a whole new life! Great idea to make pleats
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2012 05:45:10 PM »

I liked the before......am i wierd Grin

but i LOVE the after.
you did a great job
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012 04:35:23 AM »

Excellent job, and it looks beautiful on you. Smiley
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