I just love this dress that Olive repurposed - the before look is fantastic and what makes it even more special is that it was a dress that her mother had purchased years ago. It's Olive's turn now to work some magic!
Hello from New Zealand! I discovered your blog a few days before the start of my first ever uni exams, and it provided a fantastic distraction from study. It also gave me something to look forward to after exams, so as soon as I was on holiday I headed to our basement to see if I could find anything with potential. The dress I found is one that my mum bought in Paris with my dad when they were newly married.
Even when she stopped wearing it, she kept it in the hopes that one day her daughter might make it into something else. This made it the perfect dress for me!
Time to see what the second generation does with this dress!
The first thing I did was remove the shoulder pads and then I shortened it A LOT. Since I'm 5 foot 2 with short legs, long dresses don't really suit me so I took it in a bit at the waist and bust. It's winter in New Zealand at the moment and Dunedin gets quite cold, so I decided to keep the sleeves long, although I did take them in a bit so they were more fitted to my arms. Finally, I found some lace in my collection and used it to trim the sleeves and the neck.
My new dress works perfectly with my dark red Doc Martens for winter...
...and the best part is my mum loves it too!
Thank you for inspiring me and giving me some incentive to get through exams!
I love that your dress remake was a study break from exams!! There's nothing better than a little hands-on project to relax the brain. This dress turned out so lovely - a perfect piece to wear with stockings and Docs, or when it warms up a bit with sandals and a button or two opened up on top! Can't wait for midterms to see your next remake, Olive!!