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Topic: The Creepy Coincidence Dress, or, One Too Many Ruffles. (Wordy and pic heavy)  (Read 2667 times)
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« on: June 07, 2008 10:06:40 PM »

So I periodically make the rounds of my local thrift stores, I live in a pretty small place populated by mostly old people, so the plus is they usually aren't too picked over by trendy 14somethings, but the downside is that they don't often get new (or good items). Anyway, I was making the rounds when I came upon a new store that had just opened in what used to be a furniture shop. I had to go. Oh, it was awful. Possibly the worst thrift store ever, and I have been in some BAD ones. It's like they cleaned out their garage then threw all the items on the floor and hoped people would buy them. There was nothing cute, and I was about to leave WHEN I saw this dress hanging in the front window. It is a cream eyelet with blue and purple flowers and embroidery and I could hear it calling for me to take it away from this awful place. I took it down and went and asked the woman how much it was. She responded with a grunt and "Ehg..three bucks." I left without trying it on (I did not even want to think about what the change room would look like). When I got home it fit perfectly! Oh, but did I mention the ruffle?

Yeah. I'm not impressed.

Oh, and did I mention it was full length? And the other ruffle?


So I went to town and ripped the ruffles off. This was not an easy task. By this point I had realized this dress had probably been homemade, and who ever made this sucker spent a lot of time making sure that ruffle wasn't going anywhere. By the time I got it off the neckline was frayed and awful. I made bias tape for it (my first time making bias tape!), ripped the bottom ruffle/lace off and added a pocket. I am so, so happy with the results.

The back. So cute!

A close up of the bias tape, fabric and a good shot of the colour:

The pocket is the perfect size for my notebook. I know it might look better sans-pocket, but it's completely necessary for my sanity to have a place to keep my notebook on me at all times.

Oh, and what is the creepy coincidence you ask? Well, something about the dress seemed eerily familiar. After getting home I looked through the few vintage patterns I have and there it was: the dress. McCall's 4605, circa 1975. Uuhhh..creepy.

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008 10:21:17 PM »

Aww, cute! You did a really good job de- then re-constructing it.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2008 11:15:12 PM »

Creepy coincidence, perhaps, but the result is very nice!  I love the fabric, and the neckline turned out very nice!    Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008 01:55:50 AM »

Nice recon!  It looks great on you.  I like the pocket!!

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2008 04:38:48 AM »

Pretty! It's so 1950s-ish and summery! And I like the pocket! I love big practical pockets on delicate, flowery lady-dresses.

Nice work!
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2008 05:37:17 PM »

You went from Loretta Lynn on stage to Loretta Lynn at home.

Lovely transformation.

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