Apr 6, 2012

Revival Files: My Life Saver

Total Cost: $4
I've been scouring the web for over a month now in search of  a purple dress for a wedding that Matt and I will be attending in a few weeks, and as the wedding date got closer and closer I had yet to find a single purple dress,apparently the color purple has been banned on these here interwebs. apparently. So I did what any rational person would do, I told Matt I'd go in my birthday suit before I'd pay money for an over priced ugly dress....and then I stomped off to resolve my woes out at the thrift store. Thrift stores are simply the best for resolving woes I tell you what, if finding nasty old clothes won't cheer you up then the people definitely will. I walked into the thrift store and began my usual wanderings. I ran my hands over the metal bars of the clothing racks and stared at the patterns on the silk blouses, not looking for anything in particular, I walked over to the furniture, sat on a brick orange velvet recliner and rocked my woes away while the man next to me got on his knees to smell the black, saggy butt leather couch next to me. It was weird, and I smiled. Then finally after rummaging through doo dads of old fabric and glass bears with beady eyes I made my way to the dress section, and then I saw her, glimmering in all of her purple glory, and even though she was saggy as heck and nothing special she had potential, and even better, she was the perfect color!

27 comments :

  1. SO adorable!! you did an awesome job!

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  2. beautiful! what a great job you did! you look stunning in this dress!

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  3. okay, I want lessons...these dresses you make are better than things in store. but I'm biased to "one of a kind things"

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  4. You did a GREAT job rehabbing that dress! The collar and buttons are so so cute on it.

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  5. It looks incredible!! Can I buy ugly dresses, send them to you, and have you make them into masterpieces like this?! Seriously. You have major skills. :)

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  6. Mind. Blown. You are incredibly talented and creative. This dress is perfection. Once the wedding is over, please sell it to me. The end. (haha.. I'm kidding. Kinda.)

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  7. i wish i had these skills! how cute.

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  8. It looks almost exactly like my Easter dress, only in purple! I love the transformation!

    ~Vicki
    deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

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  9. What an amazing refashion!!!
    Christine
    delachic

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  10. Question! Did you pull the shoulders up at all? Or did you just shorten the sleeves like you did in the tutorial you wrote a while ago? I'm just wondering because I have some things I need to alter (when I get the courage. lol) but I'm wondering what to do when I pull the shoulder pads out. and if it will still lay right when I shorten the sleeves. Eek! Sorry for the long question! Hope it makes sense!

    <3 Rae

    http://dramaticatticboutique.blogspot.com

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  11. I keep thinking that by the end of the year I'd like to learn how to sew. Seeing how you transformed this dress makes me want to learn that much more!

    Jess
    http://www.fancypants514.blogspot.com/

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  12. My gosh I absolutely love this! I also love reading the way you write, reminds me a lot of myself lol. I'm a new follower, but excited to explore and look around for more inspiration. Have a wonderful day!

    Mrs. White

    littlehomemadehousewife.blogspot.com

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  13. wow you do amazing things! :)

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  14. I love this so very much! The color and the style are just PERFECT.


    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  15. Seriously I agree with one of your other comments above, I have so many thrift dresses that I've never worn as they need altering but don't know how to do it! Can I send to you and pay?

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  16. girl, you are a magician :)
    love your style!

    <3alma
    fourteenandup.blogspot.com

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  17. That looks amazing!! I envy your crazy talents!

    therichstyle.com

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  18. This is amazing ! It makes me want to try to do one for myself.
    How did you do that ? could you post a tutorial or something it would be so helpful!

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  19. SOOO pretty!!! Wow - I really need to learn how to do this.

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  20. What is that lip color you are wearing ? I luv it to pieces ...I have absolutely no clue how you turn hideous granny dresses into cinderella like outfits . Do you menchika boo labibibdibabidiboo ? (Ok I 've been watching too many Walt disney with the kiddos, I guess...)
    xxx

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  21. This is veryyy impressive! Love it!

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  22. I am so impressed by what you did to this dress. What a transformation! Way to go.

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  23. Wow, you did SUCH an amazing job re-doing that dress! It looks so awesome! xoxo

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  24. I LOVE it! It looks so different and so stylish! You've got skills! And for $4?! AMAZING!!

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  25. WOW! That was the before?! You did such a good job. It was perfect!

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