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Retro Refashion

Added Sep 6, 2010

by cd909

London, United K...






I bought this shirt dress in a charity shop, but it was several sizes too big and pretty frumpy. I ripped out all the seams, but left the collar and button band intact. I then reshaped the bodice to my figure and stitched the pleated skirt back on. I then took about 10cm off the bottom, and used some of this fabric to make triangular gussets to fill in the bottom of the armholes (where I had pulled down some of the fabric to make a horizontal bust dart). I then took in the sleeves by about 4cm and reshaped the sleeve to fit the new armhole. The tops of the sleeves are slightly gathered for a 1940s sort of look

Material Notes

Viscose M&S dress




Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Vintage

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.45 PMby JCStewart

    Very smartly done. It looks great.

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    Jan 15, 2011, 01.05 PMby yolimba

    Such a wonderful dress, I’m so in love with it. Don’t know how it looked before – but your work you put into this dress was absolute worth the effort.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 04.45 PMby carys-anne

    love the new dress (upcycling there is nothing better lets hope the charity shop grannies dont get on to what were doing or the prices will go right up ha ha)

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    Sep 7, 2010, 09.57 AMby nikotina

    I admire your Patience it definitely payed off ’cause it came out real good. i love the dot print ( polka is it ? ) and the dress fit you and suits you very well.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 09.47 PMby ichigogirl

    Wow, such a load of work you put into refashioning it! But it looks great, very 1940’s I’d say. I actually thought it might be created using a vintage pattern when I first saw the pictures. Seems like it was totally worth all the work!

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