Monday Remake!

Jan 7, 2013 | 28 Comments

When I laid eyes on this dress at the Goodwill in NC, I knew I had to take it home!  I loved the fabric, the bold coloring…

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BEFORE

…and especially the black piped accents up top…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Piping love!

…however the piece was just unflattering.  The waist was too big…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

No shape!!

…and the length was less than stellar, however I saw the potential in this piece!  Time to get this dress on the hot list!!

I began with the waist.  There was elastic in there already and when I opened the seam to reveal it…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Remove that elastic!!

…it was old, gross, and crumbling at the touch.  I decided to get rid of it all and pulled out the entire bit of elastic that was there.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Disintegrating in my hands!!

I called in for replacements!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Replacement elastic, here for duty!!

I measured my waist with the elastic, pinned one end of it down to the right edge of the waist’s seam to hold it in place, and then guided the other end of the elastic with a safety pin through the space.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Weaving through with a safety pin!

Once new elastic was put through, I trimmed the piece…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Trim Time Taylor!

…pinned the edges to prep for a new hem…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Pinned Hem!

…and then sewed my hem and waist elastic in place!  I also removed the shoulder pads after trying the dress on in the finished stage.  It was a last minute decision because they weren’t overly large, but gave a bit more height than I wanted!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Closing up shop!

With a little tightening and shortening, I think I have another favorite to add to my list!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

AFTER

I must say, changing out the elastic did wonders!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

Love the new shape!

I just love the bold color of the dress paired with the scattered/imperfect polka dots.  The pink and black combo is aces!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage dress - upcycle

This could be one of my new favorite pieces!

I can’t wait to wear this one again!!

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