Feb 22, 2011

Revival Files

Outfit: Dress: Thrifted and revived, Boots: Gifted (Madden girl), Belt: Thrifted
I'm so disappointed in my over eager sewing self. I get so excited to revamp clothes I find that I always forget to take a before picture. But this is almost exactly what it looked like when I found it.


Even though it looked like a total old lady dress I absolutely loved the pattern, fun patterns can be so hard to come by so I figured I'd take my chances and if worse came to worse I was out $3.I dropped the neckline, shortened the sleeves, shortened the hemline and took in the waist. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It almost has an Anthropologie-esque look to it!

41 comments :

  1. Can I borrow your skills...just for a day! You creativity and ability to execute a fashion/garmet makeover amaze me!

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  2. Are you kidding me, I mean seriously, are you kidding me! You always find the best stuff at thrift stores! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress! The red looks divine on you lady.

    -Jen

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  3. Are you kidding me, I mean seriously, are you kidding me! You always find the best stuff at thrift stores! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress! The red looks divine on you lady.

    -Jen

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  4. This rework is amazing. I think I need to learn how to sew-- I turn down vintage pieces all the time because of the cost of alterations. If I could do it myself... whoa.

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  5. Wooo nice dress! It's amazing how you could refashioned that old lady dress into something chic! I love it! Job well done!

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  6. Okay, not only am I incredibly impressed but I'm super jealous too! That dress is FANTASTIC on you, I love the print and you made the perfect alterations. I can't even sew a button. Wow!!!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom's Closet

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  7. The dress looks awesome Sarah!
    -Erin

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  8. What a great dress! I am quite jealous of your sewing skills. I have to take my stuff tot he tailor!

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  9. I love, love, love it! It inspires me to tackle my own mutilation pile(aka my mending, revamping pile)

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  10. You look STUNNING in that red deep rose color!!

    Hayley
    The Weekend File

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  11. you look gorgeous!!!the dress is amazing

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  12. love love love the upcycling! great job! i have done a few upcycling projects where i forget to take before pictures!

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  13. This is absolutely amazing. Your thrifting/reviving skills are so awesome. I want your eye to be able to see something beautiful in something that isn't so much at first glance!

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  14. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! I love it. You make me want to sew again!

    www.clothedmuch.com

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  15. you & your skills amaze me. seriously. i can't get over how good all your outfits are and love that the majority of the are reworked vintage pieces.

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  16. What a great upcycling of that dress! The print is amazing, totally worth the attempt to rework!

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  17. that is awesome. The pattern is great and that fact that you made a $3 dress look like a $80 dress blows me away.


    Write it in lipstick

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  18. You look so sweet and innocent in your rose printed dress, I love it!

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  19. I love that dress and those boots! You look stunning!

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  20. I love that dress and those boots! You look stunning!

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  21. ah! thanks for commenting on my blog because it led me to yours! you are just adorable, and that dress is awesome! you are the thrift master =)

    please make sure to enter my giveaway, and i added you on blog lovin<3

    <3 steffy
    www.steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  22. LOL. Get out of here! I love the dress. It doesn't look like an old lady dress :X I've seen those. My grandma tries to get me to wear old lady stuff all the time (and some of it is pretty badass!)

    Yasmeen
    Castle Fashion

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  23. This dress is great! Your wonderful at pulling off vintage style dresses!
    Andrea
    www.alwayssaygrace.blogspot.com

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  24. Your floral red dress is so lovely!!! In fact, it just may be the definition of lovely.

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  25. so adorable!! This makes me want to pick up some sewing skills pronto! Love the blog!

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  26. That black dress with the flowers is kick-ass. And I love your eyebrows.

    Muah!!
    www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

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  27. It looks amazing!! This is seriously one of the best refashions I've seen in a while. Good job! I'm a little jealous. ;)

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  28. That print is amazing! It really does look Anthropologie-ish! And the boots rock.

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  29. Ohmygoodness! Where did you find that dress? What an unbelievable price. Can I send you some items to alter for me?! ;)

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  30. VERY cool! I have no idea how to sew, but I do have a sewing machine (long story), so maybe I should take it up.

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  31. Holy COW girl! You did an amazing job and I really want to steal this dress. SOO cute!

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  32. I'm sure you are super busy but if you could, could you explain how you lowered the neckline in a future post?
    I would love to know how to do that.

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  33. i want that dress... it is so channeling anthropologie... if you ever want to sell it, you know where to find me (my blog ;) okay, i'm in orem, you are clearly in provo by the background in your pictures? do tell where you thrift shop? i never find things like that!

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  34. oh my, that dress is such a great find! Great job on the revival. It's beautiful

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  35. You know we're in the same boat on the Before and Afters! I am sooo forgetful! I just get caught up in all the fun!

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  36. Awesome dress.
    I almost picked you for my DIY award today but placed you somewhere else..
    http://scrapandrun.blogspot.com/2011/02/friend-friday-blogger-awards.html

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  37. You have skills, to be able to see the potential in a dress before it complete...AMAZING!!

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  38. Totally reminds me of Carrie's dress she wore to the auction in the first movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMNMJ4_y9-4

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