11.02.2012

Altered State: Forest Green Dress

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I was in the mood for a challenge, so I decided to choose a dress that needed a bit more work for this week's alteration. It didn't really turn out exactly like I planned, but I still think it was a success overall.

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Originally I intended to hem the bottom of the skirt, but I cut it too short in the front and had to leave it raw. I might keep my eyes peeled for some cute trim to cove the ragged edge. Also, making a mullet hem was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! I kinda suck at cutting fabric...

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I removed the vest, but decided to sew the ties that were attached to it back into the dress itself. This is a plus sized dress, so I needed all the help I could get making it a bit more formfitting. I also took in the sides of the bodice, but honestly, they could be pulled in another inch or so to fit better around the arm openings.

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Whatcha Wearing?
Vintage dress & J Crew blazer from Goodwill 
Vintage beret from Salvation Army / Tights from Gap
Bracelet & necklace from Day-Lab / Boots from Beacon's Closet

Hey, it might not look exactly how I planned it, but it's a big improvement from the original, right? Plus it's such a great fall color! I actually considered leaving the vest on, but now I'm very glad I changed my mind. Let's face it, that vest is weird...

I'm linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs, Thrifters Anonymous, and #YOLO Mondays.


17 comments:

  1. wow!! love how you altered this dress and yes I agree with you, that's a nice color for fall :)

    Love, Maria
    www.imavintagebee.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, I'm just glad it turned out wearable in the end!

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  2. Love it! I love the color paired with the mustard tights. Nice!

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    1. Thanks! I'd never done this color combo before, but I really like it too.

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  3. haha. i love the obligatory sorrowful countenance of 'before' photos. great job! that's one hell of a makeover. also, i just love forest green and mustard. i'll have to play around with that combo sometime. inspiration! huzzah! :D

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. Haha, yes! I try to make the before pic look as awful as possible, kinda like when someone is fumbling around with the competing brand's product in an infomercial.

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  4. I wish I could alter cloth. It really looks great =)
    http://thirtysomethingchic.wordpress.com/

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    1. It's pretty easy to make basic alterations. You should give it a try!

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  6. Love what you did with it! Wow!

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  7. Definitely from blah to BAM! Great work!

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