May 16, 2011

Revival Files: Dress Makeover

I totally realize that this dress WAS a nasty nasty sack that was probably worn by an 90 year old woman. BUT anytime I see a peter pan collar and polka dots I know there's hope and just maybe a cute summery dress somewhere in that mess of a dress.
After taking it in, a shortened hem,  shortened sleeves, an added waistband and bows my cute little summer dress appeared.
I.am.in.love 
Total cost for this cheapo? $6

45 comments :

  1. this is a fabulous dress makeover! I especially love the waist you created...and the bows are too cute!

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  2. Sweet. I really need to learn to sew. Love it.

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  3. Wow, you sure are crafty! You made a sweet and young dress out of this ancient monstrosity! Well done! :-D

    Relatable Style

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  4. Wow! Amazing! How did you learn how to do that? I would love to learn myself.

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  5. WOW! I'm way impressed. It looks like a brand new dress! I love the bows. I just bought a sewing machine this weekend...maybe I should take a stab at updating an old dress!

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  6. LOVE the after. It's adorable and looks great on you!

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  7. wow you did a great job! This dress is soo cute now!!

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  8. wow! what a great redo! I love those bows. I will have to add this to my list of things to do :)

    I've also seen a tutorial on making a dress like that into a romper. So innovative!

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  9. girl, you have to start doing tutorials or something. I love this dress, but if you had given me a sack, i wouldn't even know where to start!

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  10. Just gorgeous! I get so inspired by you ladies' DIY.

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  11. me too! great re-vamp! i like that word re-vamp....it has much potential to almost mean a lot things....:)
    aleisha
    cutefatandshort.blogspot.com

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  12. Dang, that is perfect! I hope you have occasion to go boating or do something else beachy/watery this summer, because that is the best summer dress ever. It's crying out for a little straw boater hat.

    Nice work!
    :o) Renée

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  13. You are so cute!! I love finding ugly things at thrift stores and altering them :) I think we may have been separated at birth haha!

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  14. I love it too! Wish I could sew!

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  15. Wow, you made that?? I so wish I had some crafty skills, but sadly I was born without any!!
    Impressive!!

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  16. omg its soooo cute, teach me to sew i have so many dresses id love to shorten!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  17. I think you just made one of the dresses of my dreams! It's too cute and you have inspired me to rework a dress I got from the thrift store a few months ago.

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  18. Genius!! I wish I was even half as creative and talented when it comes to sewing. You rule!

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  19. I am in love with the dress and the color is good on you. You should totally check out
    thoroughlymodernmormon.com That chick does similar stuff.

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  20. wow in love!!
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  21. Amazing what you did with that dress...the bows are a great touch!

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  22. i'm totally beyond BEYOND impressed!!!

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  23. ummm...i love this. i would have never thought to do any of those alterations. i would have worn it as it was, having the uncanny resemblance of my great grandma wright...who, by the way, is a stunner.

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  24. Wow I am so impressed! It turned out soo cute! I really want to try refurbishing a dress so when I finally find time to do it I might be e-mailing you up!

    nbadorestyle.blogspot.com

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  25. CUTE! wow those little white bows are so stinkin' cute! can we do something like this on one of our play dates this summer??

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  26. OMG! You are so adorable!!!!

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  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! So cute!

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  28. People like you make me very, very jealous! I love what you did here, and WISH I could be as creative when it comes to re-designing clothes! Amazing job! xo

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  29. You turned it into SUCH an adorable dress! And you look so pretty it in! Good work!

    amy day to day

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  30. I can never tell you how impressed with this I feel. The shortening? I could do. The sleeves? Mmmm maybe. The taking in and the waistband and clearly you made it all pleated and stuff? It looks fantastic. I could never manage all that, I think. Very impressed. And who would think of the bows? Only a cutie patootie like yourself. Way to rock it, girl. Way to rock it.

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  31. This is SO cute! I love your bow details!
    And you're blog is fantastic! You're such a fashionista...

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  32. I am in love with this dress makeover!! And those bows are the perfect touch!

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  33. OMG, i LOOOOOVE what you did with that dress!!! i adore the bow details. i totally want to learn to sew so i can do my own dress makeovers, too!!

    caroline - pictures & words

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  34. Your sewing skills totally amaze me. I'm super duper impressed.

    You should have taken a picture of you in the before sack... that would have provided a nice chuckle.

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  35. You are FREAKING amazing. Why can't I do this?? Why didn't my mom teach me to sew? Why don't I have the initiate to teach myself???
    http://www.dlynne16.blogspot.com

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  36. LOVE! Did you do that yourself or have someone else do it? I wish I could be crafty and alter my own clothes!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom's Closet

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  37. You are so talented! This REALLY makes me want to get into sewing. The dress looks adorable as you've restyled it. The bows are perfect!

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  38. you should start a shop. i promise to be a regular customer. gosshhh you are amazing at this clothes business.

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  39. You did WHAT? with THAT? You are downright amazing!

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  40. wow- i didn't know you were a seamstress! you're amazing! love what you did.

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  41. Hi Sarah! Wow, you have a wonderful blog, too! I am so glad to have found it via your lovely comments and am definitely a follower now!
    This refasion is fantastic and it looks totally lovely on you!

    P.S.: I will think about a tutorial for the camera bag as soon as I have finished my diploma thesis. :) It is actually not that difficult as it looks!
    xoxo
    nette

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