Posts Tagged ‘Reader ReFash’

Sloane’s Weddingtastic Reader ReFash!

This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Sloane of Life and Food and Beer in South Florida!  Perhaps it’s because I just got back from a lovely wedding (In Paradise…sigh), but you’re about to see the first Wedding Dress refashion I’ve ever posted here!

Oh…wait.  There was this one.  ;)  You’ll be happy to know Sloane’s story ends a little differently than mine.  ;)

It was always my moms dream for my sister or myself to wear her wedding dress. It was straight from the early 80’s and my sister was smart enough to pass.

She shipped the dress to my after I called complaining about not being able to find a dress I liked. It arrived in a USPS, if it fits it ships box. The dress itself was actually wrapped in a trash bag.

Once the box arrived, I stuck it in my closet without trying it on. After a night of drinking, I came home and decided to try it on. I blame it on of alcohol of course, because as I was standing on the toilet lid, I decided I could work with this.

 

Wowza.

Wowza.

 

With the help of a professional seamstress, we redid the yellowing, aged, liner, took off the puffy sleeves and made them into straps, but keep the look of the original dress. My mom wore a hopped skirt under the dress, very southern bell, so we slimmed the base of the dress in as well.

On the day of the wedding, I did a dress reveal with my mom, and as soon as she seen it, she started crying saying “you keep it the same”.

Seeing her so happy, made the 3 months of crying and wishing I had just bought a new dress worth it!

Whoa!  :)

Whoa! :)

 

Awwww! <3

Awwww! <3

 

Ahmazing!  And no, Sloane didn’t choose to execute this one herself, but she still earns Mega Awesome Points for seeing the potential in a dress that was once in a garbage bag, not buying new, AND supporting a small local business (her seamstress)!  :)  Well done, M’dear.  You look beautiful!  :)

You can read more about this refashion at Slone’s blog, Life and Food and Beer!

Cheers to the happy couple!

 

weddingcollage

 

Mai-Linh’s Reader ReFash!

Okay guys…I’ve been a major slacker about sharing Reader ReFashes as of late.

THAT STOPS NOW!  :)

This week’s Reader ReFash comes from Mai-Linh, a devoted thrift store scavenger and upcycler!

Sort of robe-ish, no?

Sort of robe-ish, no?

 

I picked up the dress at a Goodwill. It had a sort of eccentric-hermit-bathrobe vibe, but the fabric was fabulous….After I chopped off the sleeves, the top needed some reshaping/taking in, and then I hemmed the skirt. 

Look at that robe now!

 

So fab!

So fab!

 

Le back!

Le back!

 

She's ready for her close-up!

She’s ready for her close-up!

 

Beautiful work, Mai-Linh!

Cheers!

Kasia’s Reader ReFash

Hey.  It's not easy being a dog with a blog!

Hey. It’s not easy being a dog with a blog!

Hi!  This is going to be my last post!  Mom is finally coming back tomorrow!  This guy who’s been taking care of me has been really nice and all, but I miss her and her silly sewing projects and bad music (Who listens to New Wave in 2014?  Just sayin.)

This week’s final Reader ReFash is by Kasia!

Hmmmmnnn.

Hmmmmnnn.

I’d like to share my perfect Valentine dress with you.

I adore crushed velvet-especially in black-yet I have never managed to score the perfect crushed velvet dress: fitted at the top and with a full skirt. But I had these two in my wardrobe: number 1 is my (slightly dated and rather unflattering) graduation dress and number 2 is a thrift store find that to me looks more like a tunic and shows far too much cleavage for my liking. So here’s what I did: I picked the little sleeves of no1 and completely deconstructed no2. This left me with what I needed: a straight tube, two sleeves and a full skirt. I attached the sleeves (which cost a lot of patience!). Then I measured where I wanted the waist in my new dress to be, marked it with a safety pin, then pinned the skirt and stitched it. Now I have THE perfect dress! Totally V-day worthy!

Sassy!  Mom would approve!

Sassy! Mom would approve!

This week has been really fun, but I’ve gotta admit…I look forward to just being in Mom’s pics again.  :)

WOOF!

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