The Story of a Recycled Dress

Monday, June 25, 2012

I want to tell you a story behind this little frock, if only the final part of it.  I found it on a half-price clearance dress rack in Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Store in Seaford; $4.

Trying it on for size in the op shop changing room, it fit me well, but did need a few minor adjustments, mainly letting it out by a few inches on the side and back seams, otherwise the dress fit fairly snug.

It is not until I set to work with my trusty seam ripper, that I noticed,the dress is a handmade piece, and was not quite complete. Thread's were left un-cut, and the belt bow needed snap fasteners attached.

This made be a little sad; I wonder what happened? Did someone make this beautiful little dress for herself, but found it did not fit? Perhaps someone made it for a friend or relative, but was unsatisfied with the final piece? So much work has gone into this dress; darts, a zipper, a matching belt, how did it make its way into a clearance rack of an Opportunity Shop?

Right now,it is Melbourne's depth of winter, and it is cold my friends, so I wear my winter woollies underneath my frock, for fear of a chill. Jnr Recycled wanted to be part of today's 'photoshoot' too.

If I did find out who made this dress, I'd like to thank them for making a perfect little frock for my frame, and for donating it to Seaford's Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Store.

If second-hand frocks could talk, what stories would they tell us?!

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elseseven said...

Fab! Love that fabric - and how fast is your little dude growing up?

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I often wonder at the stories behind the thrift store dresses too. You look wonderful, and your new dress is perfect for you (with wooly tights added) : > Thanks for linking up.

pao said...

Yes, and what is that print, it looks so unusual!? Your layered look looks great!

Reverse Clothing said...

Great dress. I very rarely find things that are handmade. People tend to want to hang on to those since they tend to be of better quality.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Adorable dress. The fabric just knocks it out of the park and YOU look perfect in it.

Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Gorgeous dress. Looks lovely on you!

Agy said...

The dress looks great on you. I love how you've matched your outfit with the woolies and tights. :-)

Adin B said...

It is a lovely dress. That would be interesting to find out how did it end up there. How awesome!

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