Saturday, April 25, 2015

From Vintage Refashioned To Newly Refashioned!

So I have had this little number for a very long time. Since high school. I got it at a thrift shop back then. Believe me when I say that was a long long time ago! Its a super cute mod mini dress and I am certain it was refashioned into this at some point during the 80's or 90's. I can tell that it was at least re-hemmed from a much longer version of itself. The current hem is hand cut/sewn and if I were to let out that hem it would be fairly long. 

So here is the catch- I love this dress but the netted lining inside the sleeves is painful. Itchy, ouch painful. Its old. The netting has to go if I want this to be a keeper. So I started by cutting out the netting. But it was still stuck into the seams and there was no good way to fix that problem. It still itched and rubbed against my skin. So I cut off the sleeves. Oh- I also cut off the buttons on the front because they were falling apart.

The culprit!
Did I mention I also dyed it purple? Well the off-white was a little dingy and needed a little something. So purple was that little something in a box of Rit Dye. 

After dying and snipping I sewed the top of the sleeve holes. Like so:

 Here is what it looks like in the end:

Selfie style!

Hi Presley!
So while I loved it with the sleeves and the buttons, I couldn't wear it that way and what use is a dress you can't wear?! I think it turned out pretty decent. I plan to add some buttons back on the front but will have to find some really cute purple ones first. Its also so short I could wear it as a top. I will most likely at least wear leggings with it!

You can see more pictures and detail from this refashion at my blog post about it here

Have a great refashioning day!


jennifer elliott said...

That would look really cute with leggings. Nice job.

Marisa Glied said...

Love it in purple!

Elizabeth Hill said...

The new color looks fabulous!

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Lolo said...

Thanks everyone!

Old Jail Artist said...

Very cute!