Monday, March 17, 2014

Because... {Pink}

It's a balmy 40ºF right now! And, yes, I'm running around barefoot, pretending it's spring. Because with March comes spring fever... and I've got a rather bad case of it! :)
I had a couple of free afternoons last week, so I made a spring-y/summer-y dress, in honor of the warmer temperatures! :)

This was a remake... it was originally a size 18 dress that I picked up at the thrift store. (I know... what was I thinking, I'm no where near a size 18!) But it was actually really easy, once I got the itch to actually start working on it... it hung in our laundry room for about a year waiting for the perfect moment to get pulled out and refashioned. :)

So this is how it started:
And here's what it turned into:
First I ripped the bodice off the skirt, and ripped the entire bodice apart, except for the seam across the back shoulder. Then I just started pinning it onto the dress form to get the general fit and idea. The seams ended coming in quite a bit, the back shoulder came up, I re-pleated the front shoulders to fit, and I had to add bust pleats at the waistline. I took the sleeve pieces and made those into the neck ruffles.
The underdress I just took in at the front, back, and side seams. It originally had straps to hold it up, but I used those instead to finish the armholes, and tacked the underdress to the eyelet overdress. It's also attached at the waist seam.
The skirt already had triangle panels to add fullness to each of the skirt seams. I really didn't want to rip all that out, so instead, I did inverted box pleats on 4 of the seams, stitching them down to the top of the triangle piece, which worked perfectly! Still nice and full, but it fit to the waist, and added a fun dimension to the otherwise plain skirt.
Finally, I used some of the access fabric from the side seams, and made belt loops, since I'm addicted to wearing belts! :)
The entire thing took me less than two afternoons, and several Broadway soundtracks. :) It's a super comfy dress, and I predict it will get lots of wear this year. :)
Hope you are enjoying this *almost* spring weather as much as I am! Yay for seasons! :) 

32 comments:

  1. I do think this is your best remake to date! It's so cute! I want one!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I think it's one of my bests too - certainly the comfiest!

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  2. That is beautiful!! What a great idea to remake it! I definitely am loving the spring weather. I'm going for a bicycle ride today!
    I'd love to have you link up your dress at my vintage sewing link party, http://www.dollycreates.blogspot.com/2014/03/vintage-sewing-link-party-1.html

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    1. Ah! Biking sounds SO good right now!! Thanks for the comment!

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  3. I love it, Tara!!! You did a great job on that refashion and you've inspired me to do some myself :)

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  4. You certainly have talent when it comes to remaking things… when I saw the first picture of the original dress I thought, "No way! I never would have seen any potential in that dress!". Great job :-D

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    1. Haha... I just saw "CUTE FABRIC" and bought it....... and then it took me a year to decide what to do with it! :)

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  5. Oooo! Oooo! I LOVE this!! Pink looks SO good on you! And that is my new favorite hairstyle on you. :-)

    That is such a unique way to fill in the neckline on a crossover bodice! I really like it!!

    And I really like that belt. I've really liked belts like that for years. Now I need to actually BUY some this year.... And we all know how likely that is to happen.... ;-)

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    1. :) I'm discovering I actually DO like pink... for years I was a no-pink type of girl! :) And thanks!! I love getting Lily-approval of my things! :)

      YES! Go buy some belts! Kohls sales rack is great..... :)

      See you..... SOOOOOOOON!!!!! (can you tell I'm excited??)

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  6. I like how I can see the goosebumps on the closeup of your shoulder. ;) That's the spirit, girl. Bring on the sun. ^_^

    (you are beautiful.)

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    1. *grins* You're compliments always make me smile, dear! :) Even when they involve mentioning my goosebumps! Love you! :)

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  7. I love it!!! So very cute! We had really warm weather for a few days then yesterday we had really bad wind and the power was out from 12:10pm to about 3:00am. And today it is freezing but I want it to warm up so I can go running around with out shoes. =) Your so beautiful by the way!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! We're having the weirdest weather too... 20's one day and then back up to the 50's the next! That's spring for ya! :) Thanks for the comment!

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  8. Can I just say that this shade of pink is PERFECT for you?!

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  9. Now that is DARLING. Oh gosh, I love the color. It's definitely all about the spring. Which frankly, I'm so ready for!!

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    1. Thanks, Ella! The color is what first caught my eye too when I bought it! :) Hope to see you sometime soon!!

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  10. Oh, I LOVE it!! And that color is simply stunning on you. Bravo on a *lovely* remake!!

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  11. Wow! What an amazing refashion. You did a stellar job! You've inspired me to get back to several refashion that I have waiting in the "to-do" pile.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  12. Great job! I've always wanted to get a dress from goodwill and remake it, but I always get to scared:) You have inspired me! Next time I go I'll have to look for my own size 18 dress:)

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    1. Yes, you should!! It's really fun to rip it all apart and see it all come back together again into something wearable! ;)

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  13. Lovely dress, Tara! You look amazing. :)

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  14. Wow, now that's a crazy makeover! :) I would never suspect such sloppy dress to turn out so glamorous!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much!

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  15. Love it! Such a cheery hue and the added ruffle at the neckline is fantastic!

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