Monday, October 20, 2008

The Little Dress That Was...

I spent the weekend turning the ugliest dress into something I'd be very happy to wear.  It's something I'd probably never in my lifetime choose off a rack, it was too long, shapeless and had the most terrible sleeves.  One thing it did have going for it was the fabric...


It was one of the many items that had arrived in my package last week and as soon as I saw it I knew it had potential.  I washed it, ironed it and set to work transforming it.  At one point I felt like I was on Extreme Makeover: The Dress Edition and once that got boring I pretended I was on Project Runway where the challenge was to take someone's favourite dowdy dress and breath  new life into it  (silly?  Yes, probably - but it was fun at the time!!!)


I had to zoom down to spotlight to buy a zip for it because it didn't have one - so I unpicked the back and put it in.  I then set about shaping it and cut the sleeves off (and I must confess it looked so much better once they were gone, even before the shaping and shortening!!).  But for some reason I couldn't get the hem line right - its still not perfect but its good enough to wear and so here is the result...

As always, click on the pics to make them bigger, and I know, the patch on my leg is gross - don't look at it!!  Its staying on till I get my stitches out on Friday!!




What do you think?

23 comments:

  1. I think it's great. Amazing what altering something to fit your shape can do. I so wish I could sew.

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  2. That dress is too cute! I love your alterations.

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  3. That's a really cute recon! It's so cheery and you really made it look way better than it was before-- great work!

    p.s. Thanks so much for the nice comment on my boots :)

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  4. Oh my god you look amazing! You did an excellent job on the dress - Madeline has truly come in handy. :)

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  5. Great work!

    Thanks for finding me!

    Hollie xx

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  6. Wow, what an amazing dress transformation and it looks so adorable on you! The print is really sweet and I love the collar and buttons :) Nice job!

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  7. Amazing! What a fabulous redesign of it. I feel like that was once a Project Runway episode...and if it wasn't it should be.

    PS. Cute shoes!

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  8. i think it's awesome! you have a magical hands for remaking clothes. I wished i have half the ability to sew!

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  9. So clever!!! That print is darling, I'm so glad you could make something lovely out of it!

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  10. hahahah no I dont think its sad you don't know what a "cholo" is... hahaha you live in New Zealand... her state borders MEXICO!! Cholos are gang banger Mexicans... hahaha... thanks for visiting my blog! that dress is divine!!! I am in love... the red shoes are awesome as well!!

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  11. What a good save - the frock is so cute on you now!

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  12. I admire your patience! I never have the patience to unpick zippers! Looks great!

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  13. You did a really great job on this re-con. The dress looks a lot better. Adding some white lace somewhere would add to the feminine-ness of it, but it looks great now.

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  14. That's a really pretty transformation!

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  15. Cute dress! It turned out really great!

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  16. That turned out so well! I'm so impressed and really wish I could do that. I have a sewing machine but I'm too afraid I'll muck something up beyond repair to try anything like what you've done. That's such a cute dress now!

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  17. OMG what a great work you've done!!!
    The dress fits you gorgeously.
    Very nice.

    xoxo

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  18. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments!! You all make my day :)

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  19. Stunning transformation, well done! I am so impressed! I love it with the red shoes, too.

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  20. It looks fabulous! Such a great transformation.

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  21. I wish I could sew! What an amazing rehaul, I have so many dresses I wish would look the same as your end product. Well done.

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