Frumpy Vintage, to Race Dress Frock

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I purchased a vintage butterfly printed silk dress, from Vinnies in Cranbourne. It was a size 16, and I am a size 8.


Before: Loving that fabric with pretty butterflies and ladybirds... but the dress itself was actually really frumpy, boring, and an odd shape, I doubt very much it would have fit a size 16, probably a 10 top, and 14 hip.

Butterflies and ladybirds


Frumpy and boring


BoldVintage Size 16, but not modern day size 16

During: I used a dress from my wardrobe as a template to cut around...

Suprisingly, I didnt have to cut much off?

...and used the excess fabric to make a ruffle on the shoulder:

Ruffly detail

The belt is from another op shop, and cost 50c, I used more excess material for a tie around the middle.


The frumpy vintage dress, turned into one fit for the races... except I'm not going to the races... but it will do for a birthday party I am going to at the end of the month.

After:




11 comments:

Frugal Down Under said...

Gorgeous!!

GataM8#32 said...

gosh, thats great. guess you need an overlocking machine now!

hed. said...

Oh I love the shoulders! Hed

April said...

J'ADORE the shoulder ruffle!

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Miss Vicki said...

Lovin'the ruffle on the shoulder :)

Sleekit said...

super cute, your off and running....

Sleekit x

JeTaimeVintage said...

Those are some great shoulder ruffles, great to find such a nice print in silk, cant say no to that!! Cushions were great too. You have such an eye for fabrics.

A Luz said...

So fab and I am so impressed!!!! We need to chat!!!!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I spotted you on WR and love, love, love what you've done with your butterfly dress! The ruffles are insanely gorgeous and you've made the dress fit you perfectly. I'm inspired and following you:).

Cinderita said...

Wow! If I hadn't seen it for myself I wouldn't have believed it! Spectacular job!

ModestGirl said...

Super lovely! You have a lot of talent !

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