Hello dears! I am so excited to be sharing this remake with you all today! I hinted at it in my “Summer Inspiration Post”, and Brigid and I finally got the chance to snap some pics to share with you all!
A few weeks ago, a dear friend that we met through the blogosphere sent us girls a big box of clothing that she thought we might like. In that box was a purple striped vintage dress that was much too big, but had so much potential. It was about 5 sizes too large on me, with a skirt that hit me right at my knees. The original sleeves were short with elastic gathering the edges. It was trimmed all over with crocheted cotton lace and purple ribbon, and all in all looked like an old, handmade “Sunday best” dress. (I’m still kicking myself for not taking a before picture while I could! Bad Charlotte!) I snapped it right up, and set to work ripping out the old stitches, removing the lace, fitting the bodice (remarkably the bodice darts hit at the perfect spots, just the side seams needed altering!), and making new cap sleeves.
I had a bit of a dilemma with the skirt at first. For some odd reason the original dress featured a very full, oval skirt. Oval. I’ve never seen an oval skirt on a dress like that before, so it kind of blew my mind 😛 The length of the skirt was much too short for my preferences, so I knew that I would have to make a completely new skirt out of the old one. Happily, I had the perfect amount of fabric to cut out 2 of the back yoke & skirt pieces from my Simplicity 1587 pattern. I nixed the original gathered front feature of the pattern, as I thought it wouldn’t flow with the rest of the design I was aiming for (plus I didn’t have enough fabric, hehe 😉 ). I cut the yoke with the stripes going horizontal, and the skirt going vertical. It not only added the perfect amount of interest on the dress, but also saved me the tedious task of pin-stripe matching, hehe 😀
I salvaged the zipper from the original dress, which I was quite happy about! I’m always struggling to get zippers for my clothing, it seems 😛 The original cap sleeves that I made were too restricting, so I added in gussets to not only provide more movement, but to also echo the horizontal/vertical stripe pattern that I had going on the rest of the dress. I added the buttons at the neckline to cover a little stain, which happily introduced a rather nautical theme which I rather like 🙂 My belt is made from an old sheet and a delightful vintage buckle.
Now let’s just talk about the fabric for a sec: I have never come across a cotton that was printed so oddly. It’s not seersucker, but the bold stripes have thin, little stripes going perpendicular to them, creating the look and texture of seersucker from a distance. If you squint your eyes, you can see what I mean. But, I loved the color and overall vibe of the fabric (for some reason it reminded me of the costumes in State Fair), so I had to put it to good use.
All in all, this fun little frock is definitely going high on the list of “favorite refashions”. I adore the silhouette and wearability of this dress! It’s so light, airy and laid back while not sacrificing polish and vintage flair.
What has been your favorite refashion that you have made?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer