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Before & After: Checkered High-Low Dress Refashion

This refashion has got to be one of my faves so far! My intention was to do a high-low dropwaist dress much like this one from Camellia. To pull it off, all I needed to do was remove the sleeves, take in the sides and shorten the front hem. At least, so I thought! I completely overlooked the gathered shoulders along with the gigantic armholes. It would’ve been nearly impossible to take apart the shoulder seams, without undoing the gathers completely. To avoid this, I did what is known as an oversized or drop armhole instead. This is where the dress...
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Plaid Dress Refashion- DIY Handbag & Detachable Collar

As promised, here is part two of the button-down maxi dress refashion. If you haven’t seen part one yet, here’s the link. It was from that very plaid dress, that I re-covered this old saddle handbag. As for the other materials used for this project, they were from around my house. Most were collected from another old bag, besides the door bolt part. Since the collar was straightforward, I’ll start with that first. I felt for the dress to truly double as a coat, the collar had to go. Hence, I made it detachable.   Here’s what I did: (Detachable...
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Vintage Button Down Maxi Dress Refashion

Love is in the air and boy do I have a love story to share! This once long sleeve button down maxi dress was certainly not love at first sight. Funny thing is, I almost passed on it! I remember picking it off the rack in disbelief like, “Who the heck would wear such a thing. Or better yet, how?” Once I got over the initial shock, I just couldn’t peel my eyes away from the print. Plus, it didn’t help that there was lots to work with! Right off the bat I knew it was vintage based on the fabric....
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Before & After: Metallic Culotte Refashion

What perfect way to end the year than to break out the shinies?! Predictable yes, but when I peeped this once metallic skirt online, I knew I had to have it! I got it at a great price too since it was damaged. I’ve wanted to brave the culotte aka the wanna-be trouser/skirt that everyone loves to hate, ever since it made a comeback. I mean, who can resist the best of both worlds eh? Figured I had enough fullness in the skirt where I could pull it off, so why not. In my opinion, culottes are really just a...
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Before & After: Criss-Cross Dress Refashion

I know I’ve been MIA lately but I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving (ugh). Nah, I’m kidding. I had to step away for a Christmas gig. Tis the season right? Speaking of holidays, here’s a festive vintage number I found online. When I got it, the seams were ripped open in areas and the construction was terrible. Lets just say it was a very top-heavy dress. The bottom half was close-fitting with the top half being the total opposite! Have you seen the width of the shoulder seams in the before shot?! Geez! Despite that, I loved it’s unique style with...
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Before & After: Cape Jacket Refashion

I mentioned this cape in my last post as it being the perfect pairing for the pleated dress. You’ll see why in a minute, if you haven’t scrolled down already! Originally, I got this jacket because I was on the hunt for one to perform a DIY cape. I was instantly sold on the sophisticated look of it’s brown faux fur collar and how it stood out atop the cream base. What made it ideal was the fact that it was fully lined. There was one other thing I found that helped but more on that later. I’m a little late in...
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