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Cut up and cut out

Added Aug 12, 2011

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






So I’ve been really silly whenever I do re-fashions/up styles. Which ever you prefer to call it… I don’t really fancy either, they both sound a little wanky to me. I don’t know what id prefer, so any suggestions are welcome. ANYWHO the point is I don’t usually take photos of the before shots, because I always approach them thinking I won’t do too much, and the BAM! I’ve suddenly torn the whole thing apart, cut it up, and sewn it back together…and then I’m like, ‘oh dam I should have snapped it before hand for a before and after shot’.

So if you have a vivid imagination, here is a vague description of what it was like before. It still had the pleated bias skirt, it just came half way down my calf, and it didn’t fit me in the bust atttt all. Like it wasn’t fixable by changing the darts at ALL, oh and the zip was pretty broken and it was too wide for me… I had to figure out another way to change the bust so I could still wear it because it was so pretty and 40’s-esq. I ended up just slicing down centre front, and I was originally just going to put a yoke in, but after spending id say a good few hours in the mirror with pins and scissors and alot of darting, this is what I ended up with. YAY. Officially the most revealing dress I own. I also was happy that I used up a very small amount of pleated ribbon from my notions stash….oh I just read that do’s and don’ts list. I am a chronic notions and scrapoholic. But I am trying to cut down and clear out for when I eventually run away from home.

I got this dress at a local fashion market at the very beginning of the year, and the kind ladies in the stall across from me gave it to me for 10 bucks because they thought I would suit it so well. Lovely ladies! I’m glad at how it turned out, and of course with the scraps I made some form of bow at the back after fixing the zip. It’s attached on one side and a press stud on the other. I still wanted to be able to wear belts with it, because I think it suits a little white belt.

I apologise for the long post about nothing really exciting! Oops.

Thanks to mr spring for taking my lovely pics.

Can’t wait to wear this with these cute little white vintage shoes i just got n_n

Material Notes

Pleated ribbon, new zipper, interfacing, PATIENTS




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage

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    Aug 31, 2011, 02.29 AMby olystyrene

    Wowzers! You really transformed this dress into something really unique and gooorgeous!

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    Aug 23, 2011, 03.48 AMby pamela gozho

    i’m jelous and not even apologetic about it. you look good girl!

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      Aug 23, 2011, 05.46 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      _ thanks for the lovely comment!

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    Aug 14, 2011, 03.30 PMby sealtopaz


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    Aug 14, 2011, 09.06 AMby tirrs

    what an great idea! so super cute!

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    Aug 13, 2011, 10.35 AMby groovymama

    Oh, Ruffles – this is so cute :-)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 06.33 AMby melissalexandar

    your “re-creation” is so lovely! i like the detail on the bust. the little cinching in the middle and all the darts make it a very well fitted piece!! nice work!!

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    Aug 13, 2011, 06.17 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    adorable posting and thank god to someon telling us more than “100 % cotton” or whatever.

    the dress is just wonderful and suits you so extremley well. i love it!

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    Aug 13, 2011, 05.37 AMby urbandon

    I love you outfits and ‘re-creations’ (?) AND your story how the piece comes together. Don’t change a thing!

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      Aug 13, 2011, 05.50 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      oh oh! re-creations. that sounds much nicer :-)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 01.36 AMby Laura Baker

    I like how you use the phrase scrapoholic…. yes i took the time to read your description haha. very cute dress!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 05.46 PMby vasgarcia

    This is ADORABLE! And your hair cut looks so cute with it! :)

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    Aug 12, 2011, 04.56 PMby pampula

    Beautiful! You look so lovely:)

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    Aug 12, 2011, 03.31 PMby ashchaser

    Whoa! Way to transform this piece, I can only imagine how ill-fitting it was before (and I too never think to take pictures of the “before” stage). Freaking love the covered/peekaboo neckline! That is such a clever idea, so I dub you “Ruffles the Audacious Re-inventor of Ridiculously Adorable Dresses”!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 02.48 PMby carottesauvage

    That’s really cool!!!! So inventive.. hats off!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 02.31 PMby girlonfire

    Adorable! Love it!

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