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Dress refashion

Added Mar 13, 2013

by jennyrecorder

Perth, Australia






Being with Jody (Lange) whose emphasis is very much on reducing waste, stopping sweatshop manufacturers and creating beautiful one-off garments, I am trying to see what can be made from discarded RTW clothing. I found a HUGE 1980’s dress in the Salvos the other day ($4 on sale!), linen, viscose mix and quite lovely. When I say it was huge, I mean there was a lot of fabric in it as the thing was so loooong! So, I cut off the bodice (which my daughter wants as a bolero), neatened the ex-waist seam with bias tape and hoiked it up above the bust :) The fabric belt became shoulder straps and a small rose in the centre back. I wore this outfit to work with my electric blue suede shoes and got loads of favourable comments (didn’t fess up that it was a refashion!)




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    Mar 21, 2013, 09.28 PMby heatherrique

    Terrific looking dress!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 06.58 PMby liliv-1

    beautifull dress…you gave a new life to this lovely print!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 06.58 PMby liliv-1

    beautifull dress…you gave a new life to this lovely print!

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    Mar 13, 2013, 06.22 AMby ndimi

    What a bargain buy! And the fabric is just gorgeous. AND you got two outfits from it, that is wonderful – can’t wait to see the bolero too!

    Very enterprising of you. :)

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      Mar 13, 2013, 11.09 AMby jennyrecorder

      Definitely out of my comfort zone as I’m not by nature an op shop buyer.I usually go in, look at the eclectic mix of stuff and think, ‘nope, too hard’ and walk out again. This was a fluke!

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