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1  Thrift store impulse buy...what to do? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by madamedefarge on: September 25, 2005 06:13:49 PM
Alright, I am not getting married in the near future that I know of.  But yesterday at the thriftery I found a really awesome wedding dress (it may be a debutante dress, but when I put it on I got the overwhelming feeling the original owner bought it to get married in) with the original tags still attached.  Let's just say it was a steal at $14, which was about ten percent of the original price.  It definitely doesn't zip up in back for me (I have a much thinner friend who is about six sizes smaller than what the dress is, and when she tries to zip it up it's so tight you can see her navel piercing through it).  I was thinking of putting a panel in the back.  Since it is white, I don't think it's too unrealistic to find a matching shade.  The dress also needs to be steamed to get the wrinkles out, but I can do that. 

Anyway, I have three ideas for it:
1. Dress it up (a LOT) and then either wear it as a costume or save it for a rainy day.  Some of my ideas for this include (after I alter it to fit), sewing lace over the top part of the dress or adding a beaded fringe to the collar.  I would love suggestions on how to pimp this dress.  It's a very simple white dress, and I love that, but I would love for it to be a little more.

2. Dye it, dress it up, and wear it to formal occasions.  Any ideas for this one?

3. Sell it on Ebay.  Does anyone think I could get more than I paid for it?

And here is the dress:

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2  Re: Lacy Fan Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by madamedefarge on: January 11, 2005 01:10:47 PM
pattern from OldTimeCrochet.com magazine, Autumn 2002.

originally the pattern called for baby weight yarn but i couldn't find black baby weight yarn so I did it in caron's simply soft in black Smiley

Holy crap!  I've been imagining that shawl in my head for MONTHS as something I would like to make if I had a pattern for (and knew how to crochet... but I'm learning).  Yours looks great, by the way.  I think I'll check out that pattern.
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