Sunday, 9 March 2014

Vintage Dress Makeover


This weekend has been the first of many that I've actually manage to spend more than 30 waking minutes at home. It's also coincided with the first weekend of summer and therefore the first outdoor pint of the year - anybody else? I also enjoyed a nice chilled out dinner in Henley, nachos for Saturday supper, Jonathon Creek and, last but not least, a wee spot of sewing time. Hooray!


I bought this dress in a charity shop a couple of months ago with a view to learning a wee spot about how dresses are put together etc etc. It was completely hideous, I'm not going to lie. The crunchy noise that the belt made and the masses of fabric really would have put most people off buying it - even at £3.


I set to work with my pinking shears, which fast became my most favourite craft tool ever. Chop, chop, snip. I cut off the sleeves and collar and then re-did most of the seams until the dress fitted. It's not perfect, but I learnt a fair amount from doing it and I felt so proud to wear it out in the sunshine today!


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13 comments:

  1. Your dress looks beautiful now, what a transformation! Well done x

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  2. Wow it looks like you've done a brilliant job. You've taken years off that dress, it now looks modern and new. I think getting the dress from the charity shop to see how it went together was inspirational. Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Ali, have a good week! x

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  3. As Natalie says 'What a transformation'!! You should be taking part in the UK tv competition that's on air at the moment! Back to that charity shop, is all I can say ;))) x

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    1. Haha, thank you! I'm not nearly good enough for the Great British Sewing Bee though, the contestants are just so incredibly talented! It has slightly inspired me to give it a go myself though. x

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  4. Your new dress from old looks great. Love the idea of upcycling clothes.

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  5. What a great transformation, well done.
    I love pinking shears too :)

    Jan x

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  6. What a great transformation - I have to admit I have the odd item of clothing ready for tweaking but somehow never get round to it!

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  7. That's a beautiful upcycle! The fabric is lovely and looks so much nicer in your dress than its original form!

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  8. Your new dress looks great, and a massive improvement on the original. Well done!

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  9. A fantastic transformation, you have great creative vision! x

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  10. An amazing transformation, you should be very proud of yourself, it looks great.

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