Remake: Vintage 60s Navy Dress

Let's just get it out there...that's ONE large collar.

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Not only is it large and in charge, it's also stitched in place to the dress. Spoiler - that dress is not a jumper and those sleeves and that collar are not part of one lovely, polyester white shirt!

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I love the colors and the pattern, but that collar?

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You know, just thinking about how 🌢🌢🌢 this dress is gonna look.

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First plan of attack? You guessed it!!

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That seam ripper is really going to town.

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Once the collar was off (!!!) it was time to repin all the undone seams. Remember that collar was stitched to the neckline so there was lots to get back in place.

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Post-pinning, it was ready to be stitched back together again!

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What a difference a little collar removal makes?!

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I have to say - my neck feels SO much better! That collar was thick and itchy and totally uncomfortable.

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The dress itself was a little big at the waist, but instead of totally reworking it, I just added one of my favorite vintage belts.

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It's elastic, so it's totally cinchable and really did the trick to make this piece more form fitting!

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If my neck could talk, it would totally say thank you for letting me breathe. 

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From totally retro to retro chic. Just enough without being overkill!

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Let the dance party begin! 

Marisa Lynch

Marisa Lynch is a published author and blogger who loves to craft, upcycle, and play dress up in vintage gear!