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polka dots & sunshine

Added Apr 10, 2008

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






Another refashioned creation!! My sewing time has been at an absolute minimum lately (school/work filling the rest), so I’ve been pulling out a lot of my thrift-finds to rework.

This dress started life as a rather dowdy, vintage Lanz dress. But I loved the cute sailor collar and bright polka dots! So out came the scissors, thread, and a little imagination!

I shortened the hem quite a bit, removed the sleeves and rebound the armholes. The neckline I lowered and then tacked in a piece of eyelet salvaged from another vintage dress. I originally had planned on a light, voile ruffle at the hem, but didn’t like how that looked. So for now I’m just wearing one of my favorite, vintage petticoats underneath. I might hunt around in my stash for some lace or something though… :)

This is all part of my “year without mass retail” experiment (see my main profile for a link), and I have to say its really encouraging me to think outside the box!

(Note: the final two images show the original dress…)

Material Notes

vintage dress, lace




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    Jan 28, 2010, 05.14 AMby saori


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    Nov 6, 2008, 12.09 PMby cullenteam

    This is so sweet dress.Good job.:D:D:D

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    Aug 26, 2008, 04.29 PMby celinaj

    It’s sooo lovely!! Great remake! You’re a great model too! I adore it! Congratulations.

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    May 9, 2008, 03.22 AMby steff13

    that is absolutely beautiful! i love it <3

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    Apr 25, 2008, 04.54 AMby finnbeginner

    Cute <3

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    Apr 14, 2008, 10.26 AMby adgentry

    I’ve always been a total sucker for polka dots and for red! Love your dress – great job!

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    Apr 12, 2008, 06.18 AMby justelaite

    og my god! this is amazing!

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    Apr 11, 2008, 05.41 AMby jendockter

    This is super rad! These kinds of dresses, I always want to make really poofy under the top skirt.

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    Apr 11, 2008, 12.56 AMby lybu

    Looks great, nice fabric, fit and the pictures

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    Apr 10, 2008, 11.07 PMby 1234greta

    You are really clever. My daughter loves your polka-dot dress. I love your idea of not buying mass-produced clothing. I abstain from such purchases as much as I can. Though it’s difficult as I work full time and have two children.

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    Apr 10, 2008, 03.55 PMby miss-g

    Its great what you’ve done. Just a few changes and it makes all the difference. I like your idea of a year without mass retail.

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    Apr 10, 2008, 03.05 PMby emilykate

    Oh wow, you have a real talent, you’re so clever to see your cute 50’s frock ‘hiding’ in the original dress! I find remakes sometimes more impressive than ‘from-scratch’ creations, because it really is a different kind of problem-solving exercise- you’ve done superbly here!

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    Apr 10, 2008, 12.57 PMby mirela

    The dress is very cute! You are so photogenic! LOVE the pictures! very 50s

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    Apr 10, 2008, 09.25 AMby antigone

    This is adorable! And in RED! Seeing it brightens my day!

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    Apr 10, 2008, 08.36 AMby flowerhead

    what a great salvage! great job!

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    Apr 10, 2008, 08.27 AMby nikkiclare68

    This is such a cute dress. It screams FUN!!! Great job.

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    Apr 10, 2008, 07.25 AMby lcavagnolo

    Another impressive recon. I think this is my favorite yet!

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    Apr 10, 2008, 06.41 AMby senasews

    what a cute little red dress. i love it

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    Apr 10, 2008, 05.56 AMby fashion1

    what a great remake. I love the color and the polka dots!

    you look pretty in it. and beautiful pics!

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