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Intergalactic Flapper to Whovian

Added Dec 16, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This is a refashion. The original dress (bottom corner of main photo and last photo) was bought for a Vinnies formal 30th (go to a charity shop, find something ridiculous, buy it and wear it). I have to admit this dress wasn’t the most hideous I saw, that was a drop waist knitted 80s monstrosity, but this one was very weird. A shapeless sack that was so short that you’d be convicted of indecent exposure as soon as you raised your arms if you weren’t wearing anything underneath and with two lines of long fringing – hence it getting the nickname intergalactic flapper. But the fabric was kitsch and amazing, so it had potential to be rescued.

So the fringing had to go, and I had to make it not illegally short and not shapeless. So I decided to put in a stretch waistband. The orange ribbing was a remnant, so it was cheap. To redo the dress, I had to cut it in half and then sew in the waistband section. Unfortunately the three fabrics – lining, planet fabric, and waistband – were all different sizes and levels of stretchiness so it was a bit awkward and one section did need resewing, but it wasn’t too bad.

I wore this to the Doctor Who Symphony (hence the second half of name) but stupidly didn’t take any photos of it there, but at least I have a sonic screwdriver. And it matches my dress!

Photos by Ezzles




Garment Type
Knits/Jersey, Other

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    Dec 17, 2012, 07.59 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    That fabric certainly deserves the rescue…and it looks so much better the new way!

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.11 PMby pambox

      It does. The fringing was kind of fun, but didn’t suit the fabric or the shape of the dress. And now the fabric stands out even more.

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    Dec 17, 2012, 03.20 AMby anikissed

    Great refashion, and great idea for a party- might have to steal that one!

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.06 PMby pambox

      Steal away – it’s lots of fun

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    Dec 16, 2012, 10.41 PMby colorfulphoebe

    Fantastic dress! And i so very jealous that you got to attend the doctor who symphony!

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.07 PMby pambox

      We were second row, too, so daleks, silurians, and the silence right in front of us!

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    Dec 16, 2012, 03.05 PMby Mary Athey

    You did a great job with this. The fabrics indeed fab and its a huge improvement on the origonal x

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.10 PMby pambox

      Thank you!

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    Dec 16, 2012, 01.50 PMby lizah

    Omg I NEED that fabric, it’s lovely!

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      Dec 18, 2012, 12.10 PMby pambox

      Thanks! I don’t know where you could get a similar fabric though – maybe spoonflower?

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