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80’s dress

Dresses, Skirts

Fuchsia Dream

Sometimes I wonder where the inventor of the bedazzler got their inspiration. Then I realize that most likely, it was from this sequined fuchsia dream!fushia dream before-102

I truly believe there are enough beads and sequins on this dress to outfit an entire preschool tap dance troop with some to spare. I have hoped to find something like this for a long time! I have found dresses similar to this at thrift stores but they are always strangely expensive. Usually they are on the formalwear rack with prom dresses from the early 2000’s and they are like $20. I never pay that much for one of my treasures! I scored this abundance of beads for $1. What a steal!

Even though I have been hoping for a project like this for a while, it was a real pain. When I would cut the fabric beads would fly everywhere and my sewing machine death glared at me when I brought this anywhere near it! I was under the weather and was on bed rest a few weeks ago. Brian refused to set up my sewing machine on my night stand because he said that doesn’t count as resting. Then I remembered that I had this project that needed to be done by hand! It was great because I was able to make this awesome skirt and I got back at Brian by brushing the extra beads on his side of the bed;)I was really happy with the way this turned out! This piece is definitely not something that I would wear often… My style is obviously much more grandmotherly than this project turned out to be but I was happy with the finished product anyway! fushia dream after-105fushia dream after-101 fushia dream after-104

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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