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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thrift Store Dress Make-Over

Well I finally got around to re-vamping one of the many dresses I stocked up on from the thrift store. My motivation to get me going came from my new pair of peep toe heels that have ruffles around the back. So CUTE!
Finished product.

Ok, back to the dress. The dress caught my eye because it had some really nice details. I liked the back cutout, pockets, the buttons up the back , 3/4 length sleeves and the fit. On the other hand, the length, shoulder pads, neckline, and bow had to go. It was quite frumpy to say the least.

Before


It also had a hole.

Once removing the bow and shoulder pads I hacked the length by a good 6 or 7 inches. Next came the neckline. An easy slit down the front turned it into a V-neck.

Goodbye shoulder pads and bow.


I pinned back the neck flaps and secured with what my mom and I call "stitch witchery," the iron on no-sew stuff. After I hemmed the bottom it still wasn't the shape I wanted. I grabbed one of the pencil skirts my mom made me and layed of on top of the dress. With this as a pattern I pinned and sewed the skirt to taper toward the bottom.


Finally, with the excess fabric cut from the bottom I made a belt. I'll give details about the belt in a future post, but I will say I was pretty excited about how it turned out. It involved my first button holes ever!

I have to say this is my favorite dress make over yet. I love how the overall shape turned out and how the pleats were accentuated by the tapering of the skirt. When you are just pinning and cutting (and never measuring, because I find it tedious) you never know what you're going to end up with!

Have a great week everyone!





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29 comments:

  1. Great job!! That just turned out looking awesome! :) :)

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  2. That is SO much cuter! Good for you for seeing the potential in such an…interesting "before" dress. Love it!

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  3. that is adorable... I AM SO IMPRESSED, way to go! Jen

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  4. Super cute!! That is awesome! :)

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  5. I am impressed! I've redone clothing many times and you've done a really good job. Very nice.

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  6. Hey! I found you on Someday Crafts and I love what you've done with the dress! It looks so much better that way!

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  7. Very cute. Visiting you from BCD. So much nicer with the changes you made!

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  8. Great transformation!! The new dress is so stylish...way better than before! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great job!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  10. wow! Wow! you are really talented. I love the after!
    ~Tana

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  11. Love this! Why can I never get such cool dresses from GW. You have to link this to my Upcycled Awesome Linky party at http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled10

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  12. wow! This is amazing!! I love it! I really love how the overall shape turned out. It looks like you spent way more effort and time than just using a different skirt for a pattern. Super good job!

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  13. Great job! It looks infinitely better =)

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  14. Impressive and pretty! I've never redone clothing.

    Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!

    Kat

    www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

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  15. Incredible job! I can't believe how "anthro" you made this look. :)

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  16. this is so great, what a fantastic re-do

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  17. Wow - nice job - great look
    http://moemade.blogspot.com/

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  18. Nice makeover! Stopping over from Sew & Tell. Happy Sewing! :o)

    www.seamsinspired.com

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  19. What a transformation! Great job. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  20. This turned out SO well! Can barely believe it used to be what it used to be! :)

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  21. Wow, some one gave me some dresses simlar to that and you just inspired me, thank you for sharing, and posting a tutorial!

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  22. Wonderful job!!
    Many compliments for fantasy and cleverness and skill!!!
    So smart!

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    Feel free to grab a button if you want. :)

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  24. Hi Robyn! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! You are so talented! I just signed up to be your newest follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at http://www.modernfamilymagazine.com

    -Heather-

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Thanks again!
Robyn

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