Vintage Dress Puffy Sleeves Be Gone

Friday, March 1, 2013

Last weekend, some friends and I shopped at our first Melbourne's Vintage Clearance Centre. A vintage sale which takes place at various venues across Melbourne.& I've written a full article about the sale on weekendnotes.

It is hard to find original vintage clothing from the 1960's and 1970's, I was astonished to see so many original pieces for sale in one place, particularly at such reasonable prices. I noticed that most garment labels were American, I can only assume bulk loads of vintage clothes are perhaps shipped in from the United States for the sales?

I found one dress that caught my eye, but knew I'd be removing its puffy sleeves. I appreciate that some people like the dress with puffs, but I have to be honest, I wouldn't have worn it as much as I will now those sleeves are gone.




:: Removing each sleeve is easy using a seam ripper. ::

I've zig zag stitched (could've over-locked, but didn't) over the unpicked raw edge, and using a needle and invisible thread (otherwise known as clear thread, which looks a little bit like fishing wire), to stay stitch the hem around the arm hole.



:: Before, puff puff ::


 
:: After, no puff ::

Better, yes? Her Royal Catness thinks so.

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Shared with Lakota's Tah-dah Tuesday and Kaitlin's Refashion Friday

19 comments:

charityshopchic.net said...

Very cute! Love the nautical stripes!

elseseven said...

LOVING that! Wow.

Patti said...

Very nice! It makes a lovely summery dress with great stripes.

Perdita said...

Nice! A cautionary word would be to check the label/designer quickly on the Vintage Fashion Guild website or google before changing/unpicking/snipping... some 60s/70s stuff is either valuable or of heritage value (in just 10 years time, it will seem like 50s seems today- and few people would adjust that nowadays).

Geminae said...

I am in love this that dress.

Erica Louise said...

Perdita - wise words, thank you!

Debbie Baker Burns said...

I love the after version of the dress and I never knew there was such a thing as clear thread! Glad I stopped by! Debbie @ilovemylemonadelife.com

Wine Lass said...

Love the dress without the sleeves!

Mikelina said...

If I had seen that dress I would habe just passed bur I love it without the puff!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Much prefer your adjustments - it looks so much nicer (and more wearable!)

www.mancunianvintage.com

Windy City Mama said...

That's a great transformation. I love it!

Peta said...

i need to learn to sew. Looks great - a new dress!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Amazing how it updates it! Fab!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

You definitely have the arms for sleeveless - it suits you far better now you've modernised it.
x

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Better yes! I can't quite believe how improved the dress looks sans sleeves. Good up cycle!

Sue

diaryofamadmama said...

Very cute! What a transformation just by removing the sleeves! Do you have any plans for using the sleeves for any other refashions?
~Jen

Kaitlin @ Wunderbar said...

Gosh that's a gorgeous dress. I think it was meant to be sleeveless!

HandJ Cobb said...

What an amazing result! I can't believe that just taking off the sleeves had such a result!

www.domesticblisssquared.com

Linda said...

what a great idea. You have definitely improved the dress.

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