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« on: November 08, 2013 03:22:27 AM »




Ok, so, you know how sometimes you find something in an op-shop and it's just awe-inspiring in its magnificance? Well, that's how I felt when I found this dress.

That pattern! Omg, swoon! However, the over-sized floppy sleeves, the dropped elasticated waist, and the weirdly high and straight neckline made for a dress that was, ummm, decidedly ugly.

But, hey, it was only $8, so I brought this 100% silk vintage "beauty" home. And promptly shocked all the vintage-lovers in the world when I took a pair of shiny, sharp scissors to her. Honestly, I still feel a little guilty about that. But with a thick bit of elastic and my trusty sewing machine, I've now got an enthusiastically geometric skirt perfect for a night out!
 


That helps assuage the guilt somewhat ~__^ All I did to make this was measure from the original hem to the length I wanted my new skirt to be which, in my case, was about 57cm. I overlocked the top to prevent fraying, cut my elastic to size, and sewed it into a circle. I pinned the skirt to the elastic and then just sewed the two pieces together, stretching the elastic as I went. I broke a needle doing that (*wince*) but other than that, it worked out just fine! ^__^ Since I used the original hem, I just left that alone. Yay for shortcuts! ^__^
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013 04:56:43 AM »

Uber cute skirt and it looks good on you. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013 05:45:01 AM »

This is wicked cute! You look fab!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013 06:17:52 AM »

I would not feel guilty at all as you have turned something that probably would have lingered in a shop for closet forever and made something cute and practical for now...

It is super cute and I just love how you mixed patterns in your outfit to give your lovely new skirt a modern feel...you look so stylish and pretty!

YAY for shortcuts and for recons!
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013 06:40:36 AM »

Gad what an ugly dress. I don't know how you saw any potential in it, but that skirt is fab, and looks so pretty on you.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013 08:29:43 AM »

Love the new skirt. Your whole outfit is super cute. Way to take something ugly and get some new life out of it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2013 01:58:08 PM »

Love the print. If you saved the top half you could make it into a mini-dress. An ultra short hem would balance the conservative top
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2013 06:45:02 AM »

You look so chic! Great find! I can never pass up some good second hand silk

What's going to happen to the rest of the drss? Tote bag? Throw pillows? Jammies?
 
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2013 09:48:39 PM »

The quality of the clothing matters when we alter it to a new one. If the Silk Fabric is of low quality, then while cutting and stitching, there is a chance of it getting damaged. Any way, the work i see here is absolutely appreciable. Innovation at its best.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013 02:39:06 AM »

Aww, I love the skirt. Very well done Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013 12:53:40 PM »

I love to reuse old things and make great new things. Your re-do is awesome...looks great on you too!!!
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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2013 03:12:21 AM »

Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments! ^___^ I haven't yet done anything with the top half of the dress ... but I'll keep it in the stash until I think of something perfect to transform it in to ^___^
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2014 11:34:30 PM »

Eeep! Omg, thank you!! ^____^
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2014 08:20:14 AM »

extremely cute skirt, hard to believe it was birthed from that dress.
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2014 05:31:12 PM »

Super cute! You look great in that skirt!
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2014 08:10:00 AM »

Super adorable! I love the fun colors!
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