Wedding Dress Recycle: Whole Lotta Ruffles

I recreated so many vintage wedding dresses to wear around my wedding and honeymoon and this one was one of my favorites!

Ruffled Wedding Dress - Before

Look at all these ruffles!!!

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It feels oh, so, Marie Antoinette.

 Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

Look at those sleeves!

And that lace collar?! 

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I have a fairly certain idea what's going to happen to those sleeves.

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But first, DYE!

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The dress went into a bath of emerald dye and came out a lovely lightish aqua color. This dress was fully polyester and I didn't use a poly-friendly dye just to get a more subtle shade. 

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I grabbed my seam ripper and got to town around those sleeves... The used to be attached...

Ruffled Wedding Dress - Dyed

I was OBSESSED with how the tiered ruffles turned out and just couldn't touch the skirt portion of the dress. I mean, hello new lewk!

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I'm obsessed with the way fuschia/hot pink goes with this aqua color, so I took some remnant tulle (YES, THAT'S TULLE AROUND MY WAIST!) and got myself a gorg rose to pose in front of this super chic door.

Ruffled Wedding Dress - After 2

Greens on yellows on pinks, oh my!

Ruffled Wedding Dress - After

When in such serious ruffles like these, you must find a hammock and swing!

This is most definitely on my favorites list. I couldn't have been more excited with how this turned out!

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Oscar DIY: I Tonya Copycat

Perhaps my favorite Oscar contender of this year was...

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...and you know that the costume game in this film was 💯. #allthesequinsintheworld

I was obsessed with most of the wardrobe in this movie - hello 90s. That jacket on the left...

I Tonya Costumes

The outfit I chose to remake was neither of the above though. I went for a little more gold. I mean it is Oscar Sunday!

I Tonya white and gold outfit

I started with a base of a long-sleeved bodysuit from Boohoo and a matching skater skirt from there too, together costing less than $20!

I Tonya - Before Look (Bodysuit/Skater Skirt) 2

That mock turtleneck collar is SO perfect for this!

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This is also so cute as is, if you add a fun long necklace to pair! However, we're going to make a few changes...

I Tonya - Before Look (Bodysuit/Skater Skirt) 4

I hopped over to Joann, got my materials and ALL the sequined fabric I could, and then got to crafting!

Supplies

First off, I trimmed and affixed some golden diamond-shaped sequined fabric pieces with E6000 fabric glue

I Tonya - Process Shots (sequined bodysuit)

Then it was time to cut the sleeves!! 

I Tonya - Process Shots (sleeve trim)

Can't have short sleeves without some fringe, amirite?

I Tonya - Process Shots (fringe trim)

More sequins were added and then it was time to sew the fringe in place! 

I Tonya - Process Shots (stitch time)

We're getting SO close!!! I couldn't not add rhinestones either once I got started...

I Tonya - Process Shots (rhinestones)

I'm ready for the Olympics, friends!

I Tonya - After Shot

OK, maybe not THOSE Olympics...but the DIY Olympics, sign me up! 

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What's an ice skating costume without some skates?? (PS, those skates look real, right? They're printed and backed with some cardboard! That's also why there are two right feet 😂

I Tonya - After Shot 2

I'm really trying to encapsulate the brooding Margot Robbie asTonya Harding vibe here. 

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That's a tough cookie right there!

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OK, not totally...

Margot Robbie on the left, yours truly on the right. 

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I'm ready to take the ice!

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Oscar DIY: Lady Bird Copycat

When I saw this I knew one of the MANY fab vintage-y looks would get a second life through my eyes!

Next up:

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But let's be honest...this film really had me when Lady Bird and her mama hit up this spot. Come. On. 

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I loved this lace look on Saoirse Ronan and knew this would be the piece to get some DIY lovin!

Lady Bird

I had to start with the dress...

Lady Bird - Before Look 1

I think some vintage Jessica McClintock works for this, don't you?

Lady Bird - Before Look 2

I CANNOT WAIT TO WEAR THIS ALL THE TIME WHEN I'M DONE!. Ps, sorry for the caps. I just needed you to know how excited I am!

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I snagged the rest of my supplies at Joann...

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...and got to stitching. And unstitching! 

Lady Bird - Bye Collar

That's right. The collar said goodbye!

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And so did the sleeves!

But my favorite part of this copycat look? DIY-ing a cast out of TAPE!

Lady Bird - DIY hot pink cast

I'm totally feeling the Lady Bird vibe.

Lady Bird - After look

And, check out that cast you guys!!!

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Not too bad with the help of some Duck brand duct tape and a sock!

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Saoirse Ronan on the left, yours truly on the right. 

Lady Bird - Before/After

More looks to come!

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