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« on: February 15, 2014 08:06:50 AM »

So it was Valentine's Day and guess who didn't have a dress? Meee. The planning was not strong within me that day. What I DID have was this largeish, rayon-y, and exceptionally shoulder-padded-y dress....thing... that I had picked up at my local GoodWill for $1.



I didn't end up taking many any in progress shots with this one because, well, I was mildly crunched for time. Read: I started this 4 hours before we left for dinner. Again I say...THE PLANNING WAS LACKING. hahaha

Sooooo here are the afters! I was really jazzed at how it turned out!



A quick breakdown:
Chop off the sleeves
Chop off 3/4 of the skirt
Unpick the side seams and darts
Try on and take off dress like 4,506,203 times
Spend 30 minutes looking for your box of pins
Don't find pins
Take in the seams and darts
Adjust the height and width of arm holes





I randomly decided I liked the buttons down the back better...I love button backed things! I think it gives the back a nice little surprise. Or somethinseomthin.

OH. And those weren't my cute sassy shoes. Cute sassy shoes rubbed cute sassy blisters and I traded them for my flippy floppies. (Yay comfort!)

I loved wearing it! I will definitely wear it again...sometime in the future after the baby gets here, most likely. I am starting to enter the 'My clothes don't fit right around the ever expanding abdomen' phase, and it gave me a little bit of trouble with my normal sizing routine. BUT. I was super pleased and Mr S winked at me several times so that's perfect in my book Tongue



I hope you all had a lovely love-filled Valentine's Day!

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2014 08:14:01 AM »

That is DELICIOUS! I want one!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2014 10:50:54 AM »

You did a great job. The dress is gorgeous!
I love how you kept the lace and I also love the button closure on the back.
It has the right length, a pretty neckline and it looks very flattering on you.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2014 12:50:37 PM »

Ok, So now I need to find a ugly dress like the one started with because I want your dress!  Cry
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2014 03:05:01 PM »

Oh, that came out looking great!  I clicked on the thumbnail of the original un-altered dress, thinking "uhhh... I hope that is not the finished project"  Tongue  You made it look fantastic!  I like the buttons down the back, too.
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    « Reply #5 on: February 15, 2014 03:08:49 PM »

    The after dress sure looks a lot better than the before dress.  You have really good designing skills.
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    « Reply #6 on: February 15, 2014 04:36:22 PM »

    Wow, you look so pretty and did a good job. Smiley
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    « Reply #7 on: February 15, 2014 05:40:36 PM »

    veeeeery nice..Loveable!great!!!!!
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    « Reply #8 on: February 15, 2014 10:57:27 PM »

    wow! you could not have spent $1 any better, nor could you have done a better job. Color me impressed. wowzers!
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    « Reply #9 on: February 16, 2014 03:54:51 AM »

    That might be the best recon ever!
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    « Reply #10 on: February 16, 2014 06:32:01 AM »

    Thank you all! Cheesy
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    « Reply #11 on: February 16, 2014 12:37:21 PM »

    Awesome job! Your dress turned out so cute!
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    « Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014 05:13:38 PM »

    from eeks to wow!!  i cannot believe you did it in 4 hours.  I may be able to create something in 4 hours, but not if i know that it HAD to be done in 4 hours Tongue
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    « Reply #13 on: February 18, 2014 09:57:07 AM »

    Wow, you dress is gorgeous and perfect for Valentine's. To turn something ugly into something so beautiful takes a lot of skill, vision, and patience.  great work.
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    This is pretty rad. I am impressed. Not what I wsa expecting at all when I saw the thumbnail!
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    « Reply #15 on: February 25, 2014 10:38:54 AM »

    You made the not so cute dress SO cute!!! I would totally wear that!
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    OMG this is truly inspiring!!!
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    amazing transformation , I love it
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    « Reply #18 on: March 24, 2014 03:07:09 AM »

    This is SO pretty, kudos!
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    thank you all!
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    I want to find some cheap dresses, now.
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    « Reply #21 on: January 27, 2015 03:01:36 PM »

    WOW. That is absolutely gorgeous; I would never have guessed there was such a glorious dress hidden in that red monster from Goodwill!
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    Super cute! You altered this dress very well Smiley
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    « Reply #23 on: April 07, 2015 07:19:04 PM »

    4 hours and $1?? That is some craftster brilliance right there! It's no surprise you won a "best of" award. Well earned!! This is adorable.
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    Congrats on being part of the Best of 2014!
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    « Reply #25 on: April 10, 2015 03:26:26 PM »

    this is a wonderful dress make over!! Congratulations on making best of 2015!
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    « Reply #26 on: June 20, 2015 01:00:41 AM »

    Amazing job - love how you incorporated the lace detailing into the design and used the buttons as a feature - nice!
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