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« on: June 21, 2012 02:55:56 PM »

Hello everyone!

This was an old dress of my Mom's, that I discovered in her closet (no! I would never dig through other people's closets to find something I could refashion! this was only by accident! Wink). She hadn't worn it in years and actually was on the verge of throwing it away.
It is made of a wonderfully light fabric and I actually liked the floral print. So I decided to save it and try to give it a new life.
And this is what I came up with:

(this cute tie thing in the back had already been there)

Here's a close up of the gathered sleeves/straps:

And this is what it looked like before (sorry for the mess in the background):

It was really weirdly fitted: too wide around the waist and belly and to tight around my hips.

So, I chopped off quite a bit of the length. Then I ripped the side seams open from the (new) hem up to the waist and sewed in a long triangle on each side, which I had cut out from the chopped off bottom fabric. This made the skirt part wider and created more like an A-shape. Then I cut off the sleeves and gathered the fabric between the neckline and the armholes.

As I'm as white as a sheet most of the year, I'm thinking of dying it a new color to make it a bit more flattering. But I'm not sure of how the print would turn out. Or maybe i should just try to get a good tan  Cool.
What do you think?

Comments/criticism/advise are appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012 06:08:48 PM »

What a great transformation! I think it would be interesting to try dyeing it. (Skip the tanning Smiley  ) If you do wind up dyeing the dress, I'm sure we'd all love to see an updated version.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012 06:37:00 PM »

I love this, great job, much much cuter. I like the colour on you (I'm pale and interesting too Tongue lol) I could see this in a pale pink or blue though. As far as the pattern goes if you do want to dye, just dye a pale colour and the pattern will just go darker, too dark and you won't be able to see it.

« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012 03:24:40 AM »

Thank you both!  Smiley

A pale color is a good idea!
I think i'm just gonna try it out with some leftover srap and see how it turns out.
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012 12:45:22 PM »

Great idea!  I also love tons of my mothers old outfits b/c they have such cute vintage patterns...but the style is awful.  I like what you've done.  I've had good luck dying patterned fabric in the past - it's best if you can test it out on some of the scraps to make sure you like how the end result will be!  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013 09:50:50 AM »

I absolutely adore this!  Grin

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