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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Something Else 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!

Corina 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.

Anonymous 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. :-)

AdinB 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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