I’ve been putting off refashioning this dress for months. I just wasn’t quite sure where to go with it!
This house dress-y frock’s amazing print drew me right in! It also reminded me of something…
You’re looking at a 1960′s pic of Lilly Pulitzer, aka “The Queen of Prep”. Her original simple dresses made of vibrant patterns are still a major influence for the Lilly Pulitzer brand today. I’m a big fan of her designs. I’ve even done a Lilly Copycat before, and I’ve been wanting to do a tribute piece since her death last month (April 7, 2013). I may not be a wealthy socialite (in fact, I’m quite certain I’m not), but I think I can emulate Lilly’s fun & breezy style!
A new Lilly Pulitzer dress sells for about $200. Let’s see if I can make a suitable knockoff for $1! :)
Most of Lilly’s dresses were sleeveless, so a bit of ripping was in order.
Then, I pinned and stitched down my raw edges.
My new dress was beginning to look Lilly-ish, but it still needed a final fitting! My dress form happily obliged.
I’m almost done! :)
All I had to do now was figure out what to do with that now-collarless neckline.
After stitching down my new V, and giving my dress a good press, I was ready for a HAWT South Carolina day!
I wore my new dress to the Grand Opening of Columbia, SC’s first brewery, Conquest! For those of you in bigger cities, this might not sound like a big deal. But this is a HUGE event here. People waited in line for an hour in the hot sun just to get a sampling of our local brew! :)
Many beers were tasted!
Much photoboming occurred!
I like to think Lilly would be pleased with my little homage. :)
Original Cost: $200
Copycat Cost: $1