Altered State: Prairie Dress


Here's the before and after on this week's alteration project. Before we do anything, let's talk about the crazy look on my face in the after photo. Maniacal smile, demonic look in my eyes...let's just call this me getting into the Halloween spirit, shall we? That sounds better than me just looking like an idiot!

Exorcism complete...there's my normal face again!


This look is so twee with the tiny flowers, lace collar, and ruffles, it almost makes me want to puke. I think the little deer pin I stuck to the necklace just really puts it over the edge. Don't blame me, blame the Belle & Sebastian Spotify station I've been listening to this week! The leaf charm on the other side is actually a vintage clip on earring that I only have one of. Let's face it, clip on earrings hurt too bad to wear anyway...


Whatcha Wearing?
Vintage dress & bracelet from Buffalo Exchange 
Tights from Gap / Shoes from Payless
Necklace from some mall store a million years ago

This alteration was much simpler than last week's. I just cut off the cuffs since the sleeves were much too short on me and added elastic to give it a more purposeful 3/4 length instead. I took the buttons from the amputated cuffs and used them to replace one missing and one worn out one on the front of the dress. I considered shortening the hem by about an inch, but decided against it in the end. I think it looks better right at knee length now that I've seen the pics, so I'm glad I didn't go through the trouble of altering that.

I'm linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs and Fashion Friday.


  1. Love it! The sleeves are perfect! Ruffles too!

  2. this is so so so pretty! Absolutely stunning, and the glow round you in the outside by the gate is amazing. I love the boots with this dress too, it really makes the outfit for me! xx

    1. The sun disappeared behind the building across the street just as we finished taking photos. Perfect timing for the glow!

  3. Such a cute outfit! Love the tights and shoes!

    1. The dark teal color of these tights is super versatile!

  4. Maniacal smile? lol. I thought the picture was very pretty and the back lighting is flattering. Once you mention Belle & Sebastian, the outfit makes complete sense! I love it with the laced shoes.

    Lydia N. <3

    1. I'm glad someone else was able to understand the correlation between all the Belle & Sebastian and this outfit!

  5. i love everything about this oufit!!! I wish I can wear those teal tights here in my country. lol. Followed you Chrissi.It'll be a pleasure if you follow back.

    Love, Maria