Friday, 7 December 2012

Restyler (giant old dress --> cute vintage number)

I had the best luck at the vintage stores I went to yesterday. Not only did I get this awesome dress (which I had to resize, but still) and orange sweater, I also scored a pair of dark blue Dr Martins, in super good condition. And then I got my university results back and found out that I got two High Distinctions in the subjects I really wanted to do well in, which means I can do the advanced neuroscience courses I wanted to do next year! (I'm actually on the way to becoming a real scientist!) I then spent the rest of the night sewing, attempting to alter this dress into something wearable, and succeeded!  It was a very good day :)

I also have to let you all know what happened the entire time I was altering this dress. Bomfunk MC's Freestyler started playing over and over in my head, except instead of the main word being "Freestyler", it got replaced with "Restyler". I'm not sure why. Possibly because I'm mad. I embedded the song here for anyone who wants to know what my mad brain subjected me to all night. Luckily I happen to have a massive soft-spot of nostalgia for this song so it really wasn't all bad. I even got into it and started singing along as I was sewing, being a total bad ass mutha-f**ker restyler (from the 90s).

Anyway, here's a before and after shot of my dress! My process of alteration was: making the bodice smaller, shortening the sleeves, removing the shoulder pads, shortening the skirt then bringing in the bodice again with some darts. If anyone who alters vintage dresses has any tips for resizing, I'd love to hear them - I'm really just making it up as I go along and I'm sure there's better techniques I could use! Still, I'm pretty happy with how my dress turned out.

There's no way you could leave a dress with these buttons and collar alone in a thrift store.  No way.
dress - Vintage (restyled)
bag - Ebay
shoes - Vintage
socks - Cotton On
clips - The Little Pineneedle
sock cuffs - I made them
hat - c/o Wholesale

p.s. No science fact for today - I haven't stopped, don't worry! I just didn't want this to turn into a monster blog post.


  1. such a pretty dress! lucky you :-)

  2. this is one of my favorite outfits you're ever done! LOVE the colours! and that bag is kiiilllliiing me.

  3. Aw it's so cute! You did an awesome job altering it. I never pick up dresses that don't fit right in the bodice because I'm afraid I'd ruin them if I tried to shorten the bodice or something. Yours looks perfect! I also love how the orange sweater looks with this dress. Such a cute little outfit.

    1. seriously, turn it inside out and just sew straight down both sides. Too easy. ;)

  4. Congratulations! And what an awesome restyle to boot :) I've just bought the sweetest vintage pale yellow blouse that I'm also hoping to restyle.

  5. RESTYLER. ROCKDAMICROPHONE. Oh noooooo it's in my head now too! The altered dress looks way cool, well done! Congrats on the uni results as well you big smarty pants!


  6. lovely! I love the clips you made.

  7. Gosh you did such an amazing work resizing the dress. I bought a couple of dresses which were too big for me ( like x3 times too big ( i mean HUGE) and I really don't know where to start! Will continue working on that. Well done on your results!!! :)
    Aaaand that song is pretty awesome! I used to sing and dance at it so bad!! :) xx

    1. haha i used to do that ALL THE TIME before I knew how to sew, and I ended up just giving them all back to the charity shop i got it from.. but now i don't have to yay! definitely keep persevering.
      That song definitely is legitimately awesome. I love me some slide guitar :)

  8. wow you didi it so good! *.* you are an artist, really! i just can't belive you did it on your own. wow. still wow.
    this dress is so beautiful, especially when you wear that orange sweater. it looks awesome. and this bag *.* yay. i would never say it's vintage. seriously, it looks like designer one.

  9. I love your sweater...what a great rusty color

  10. WOW!
    The dress looks sooooo cute now and I love the way you styled it up!
    I see so many dresses at the thrift store that have this kind of potential!
    Too bad i have minimal sewing skills :( lol

    <3 Vega

  11. omg that bag! Do you remember which seller you bought it from?

    1. gah! i tried to look for you but apparently purchases after 60 days you can't see anymore :( maybe look up "fox bag". (set ebay to postage + price = lowest first)
      here's a similar one, but mine was only $6.

  12. Ich mag deinen Dress echt gern, vor allen Dingen weil es dir so gut steht.


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