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« on: July 20, 2012 04:08:12 PM »

Hi friends,
It's been a while since I've been on Craftster.  Hard to believe I've been a part of the community off and on since 2005.  O.o

This is one of those examples of an altered dress that just needed the tinest bit of tweaking to make it wearable for summer.  I found this vintage 1960s dress with originally had big, puffy sleeves.  I oh so carefully seam ripped them off and refinished the sleeves with bias tape.  And I think it looks so much more casual for summer! 


Sleeves, removed! 




Bias tape is love!



Overall, I'm very happy with this, though I might reattach the sleeves come winter. 

What do you think - is it awful to alter a vintage 1960s dress? 
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gizzybird
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012 09:06:24 PM »

I love it without the sleeves! I'm not much of a poofy sleeve girl myself and sleeveless looks (and feels) great for summer. It fits you very well, too!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012 01:10:47 AM »

I like what you did. Those sixties sleeves would make it look very dated.  This is a more timeless look.
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PlumCrafty
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2012 03:16:45 AM »

you did a great job...and I think that if, by a little altering, old clothes get new loving, then go for it! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012 07:21:16 AM »

It looks great -and those sleeves look a bit...nasty. Definitely better to leave them off!
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Cookiepockets
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012 07:33:19 AM »

It's never awful to alter some vintage if you are making it wearable!  I can only imagine what our children and grandchildren will do to the clothes from the 80s when they go vintage shopping.....
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2012 03:05:38 PM »

Thanks all!  Glad to know you're on board with my altering a vintage piece.
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