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July 2015

Dresses, Skirts

The Very Literal Floral Skirt

Have you ever wished that clothing could be more educational. I know I have! 😉 Well, you’re in luck. This dress not only looks atrocious but it also labels the types of flowers that are printed on the fabric. So you can learn the flower’s names while you’re wearing it! Botany enthusiasts everywhere are rejoicing!

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The print of this dress scared me away at first. I saw it at a local thrift shop where I get most of my treasures and I passed it up. I really couldn’t imagine how I could keep it a dress and tame the fabric down enough to work for me. I was very charmed by it though, the print is super unique and the fabric is really nice quality. I told myself if it was still there on my next thrifting outing that I would have to try it. Can you believe that nobody else claimed it? I had to bring her home with me.  After trying the dress on, it was clear to me that a skirt would be a nice option to tone down that fabric a little. The less of the fabric there was, the more charming it became! I ripped the seam out at the waist of the dress. I then cut off the bottom portion of the dress and gave it a new hem. The zipper in the back of the dress continued past the skirt ended at the waist so I trimmed off the extra and tacked in the ends so that I wouldn’t lose my zipper. That was it!

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My new mission is to find a piece with multiplication tables or U.S presidents!

Bow ties, Dresses

Easter Floral Dress

This dress has been one of my favorites to work on. I found it at a local thrift store for less than a dollar. I loved the neckline. From the moment I bought it, I knew it would be a fantastic Easter dress!

This dress was particularly unflattering. I love to wear my particularly unflattering dresses around for a little while before I start the refashion. I say it’s to get a feel for what I want to do with the dress. Really it’s to drive my husband crazy;) Something about trying to flirt with him while wearing these atrocities is really funny to me, and not to him. He really didn’t like this one!

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The dress itself actually fit me really well! A nice little surprise! I knew that I wanted to shorten the dress so that’s where I started. I took about 5 inches off of the bottom and gave it a new hem. I wasn’t sure if I wanted the dress to have sleeves but I knew I didn’t want it to have THOSE sleeves. So I ripped them off. I liked it a lot without them so I took a little more off around the arms and gave that a small hem.

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This dress originally had buttons up the front on the top. Some dinkus removed them and ripped six holes in the fabric. Not only did they steal my precious buttons, I had to repair the holes in the fabric. I tried to patch the holes and that just didn’t work. Then I realized that I could rip the seam at the waist and and put the fabric with the holes behind the other side. It worked like charm!

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I searched through my antique button collection to find some replacements. I didn’t have 6 of anything that worked with the dress so I found these at Hobby Lobby. I don’t love them, but they help cover up the holes from the button-stealing bottom feeder that I previously mentioned.

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I loved the belt it came with but I felt it dated the dress and not in a good way so I paired it with a white belt from my closet.

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Dresses

1980’s Pilgrim

When I came across this treasure at a local thrift store I couldn’t pass it up! The problem was I couldn’t decide if I should save it for a Pilgrim and Native American Thanksgiving reenactment or if I should cut it up. Serisouly, you put this dress with a pair of black boots and a hat with a gold buckle on it… Squanto is teaching you to plant corn in no time! So I chose the scissors. I almost always do!

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This was one of my projects that when I showed my husband, well, I think it scared him a little. I apologize for not have a before photo with me wearing it. Just trust me that it was pretty rough. I was a little nervous when I tried this piece on. Typically, the dresses that I buy are a few sizes larger than what I would wear and I just take them in a few sizes. This dress actually fit me pretty perfectly. I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to change the actual shape very much and luckily I didn’t!

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My seam ripper worked like a champ getting that collar out of here! Once the collar was gone I just pinned the top together and it laid really nicely. Then I needed to deal with the skirt length and the peplum length. The skirt came to my mid calf and the peplum was little above my knee. Not flattering. I took off quite a few inches and gave both of them a quick new hem. I finished up with shortening the sleeves by a few inches.

I think my Pilgrim dress was thankful for the little facelift that it received.

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Dresses

Ms. Mabel Holtz

When I found this dress it reminded me of a story that my dad likes to tell. Growing up, he had 5 brothers that all went to “country school” which was located in a small schoolhouse about a half a mile down the road. My guess is that half of the students were from the Carr family. Anyway, they had this mean teacher, Ms. Mabel Hotz. Good ole Mabel gave the Carr boys some trouble every now and again. (Now, I sort of imagine the Carr boys may have brought some of this trouble on themselves.) But one particular incident ended up with Ms. Mabel Hotz chasing one of the older boys around and around the schoolhouse with a broom as he rode his bike heckling her. My dad can’t tell this story without cracking up.  I imagine that poor teacher to have been wearing a dress that looked about like this.

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So this refashion is dedicated to you Ms. Holtz, you mean old bat!

That neckline that just doesn’t quit, those spectacular buttons all of the way up the back, and those sleeves… just long enough to be hideous, the whole thing was sort of a mess. I first thought that I would keep this dress maxi length but it was just too short for that. I chopped off over a foot of length and gave it a new hem. I decided that I would rather have the buttons in the front of the dress so I flipped it around. I gave it a new v-neck line that I felt gave it some desperately needed pa-zazz. I ripped the sleeves off then I took a little extra off in the shoulders. Finally, I gave the arms a new hem. I thought I was finished until I tried it on. It was still really frumpy. I took the shoulders up an inch or so and gave it a couple of bust darts and we were in good shape! Here’s to you Mabel!blue teacher dress before-104

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Dresses

Mom’s 90’s Church Dress

I found this dress at a local thrift store for 69 cents. I loved the floral print fabric and it felt soooo soft! That was really all this frumpy mess had going for it. When I tried the dress on all I could see was my mom wearing it to church back in the 90’s, toting her Bible in a case that probably matched the dress. Great memories but not the look I’m going for.

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This dress was really stretched out in the top. I wanted to save the sleeves and just shorten them but they were pretty far-gone. I ripped them off and trimmed a little extra off the arms. Before giving them a new hem I had to take in the shoulders a couple of inches on each side because the dress was so big. The sides of the top also came in a few inches on each side. Of course the top needed a couple of bust darts as well. After the top was looking good, I trimmed a few inches off the bottom and gave it a new hem.

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