October 5, 2009

Before and After: Frumpy Dress!

Frumpy navy blue corduroy dress from thrift store: $1
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To fun little ruffle vest!
All I did was hack off the bottom (then add a little of the extra fabric to the waistline, above the ruffles because I'm tall and it needed to be a little longer), take in the sides, hem, and cinch the neckline a little. Super easy!


If I may say, it would probably look cuter on someone who wasn't quite as hip-y as I am. Like, perhaps, a runway model. :o)

26 comments:

  1. I. HATE. YOU. That's all I have to say. Oh and that I'm never speaking to you again!!!! =(

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  2. So talented. I need to learn to use the sewing machine I inherited from my husband's grandmother.

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  3. Wow! What a difference! It's so trendy looking.

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  4. I just have to say, all I've been doing all night is staring at that perfect vest with that perfect peach-ish shirt. And I'm still hating you for making the very thing I've wanted all my life! But, alas, it won't fit. My life is over. If you can't find me tomorrow, you'll know why. ;)

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  5. I saw your post on Wadrobe Refashion. This is gorgeous and it looks adorable on you especially with the bow tie. I'm a sucker for any kind of peplum.

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  6. Wow! Thats amazing! Stopping by from SITS!! great blog

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  7. If i knew you irl I'd be stealing this from your closet in a heartbeat. God didn't really give me hips and childbirth gave me just enough to hold my pants up without a belt some of the time. So I can use all the help I can get in the hip department LOL
    I looooove what you did with the neckline there.

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  8. I love it! Nice work! And your hips look fine. I am hip-y too and was happy to see that maybe I could wear it without looking too huge. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

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  9. That is soooooo cute! :) Nice to meet you. I like your blog and thank you for stopping by mine :D

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  10. So cute! LOVE it! You seriously amaze me. =)

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  11. Wow! I love it! You always come up with the best refashions.

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  12. Omigosh! What a great transformation!

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  13. Super cute. I am a huge fan of the black long vest-thing over shirts... I'm wearing one right now!

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  14. I came over from wardrobe refashion. This is terrific. I always pass those types of jumpers up. Now I'll be seeing them in a whole new light!

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  15. Wow, wow, WOW! What a fabulous refashion!! I would never have thought that started out as an ugly jumper!!

    I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/lookie-what-she-made-frumpy-jumper-to-hip-vest/2009/10/06/

    --Anne

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  16. That is amazing! I can't believe you made that from that dress...

    and in my opinion, it looks better on you than it would on a runway model. lol They aren't REAL - haha. It looks great!

    Wish I could alter my clothes...

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  17. Oh, and I hope you don't mind - I added this post link into my Creative Mamas Monday blog hop linky! It was looking very empty. lol

    It's here: http://kindredspiritreviews.blogspot.com/2009/10/fast-easy-no-carve-pumpkin-decorating.html

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  18. that is such a cute idea! what a transformation. keep it up! always enjoy it.

    peace and love
    kristen

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  19. Very cute! It's really funny; I recently refashioned an almost identical dress, but took it in a different direction and made it into a mini-dress. Your post just reminded me that I haven't shared it yet. I love how you reworked the neckline on yours!

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  20. Well I love the look, but if you're calling this a tutorial, a little more detailed how-to info would be very much appreciated by the less intuitive like me. ;]

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  21. Haha, goodness, no. If I do a tutorial I always try to go into detail and take photos. I was just explaining how I did it to emphasize how easy it was! Maybe I will do a tutorial sometime though!

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  22. Just love your ideas! Hope one day I can do something creative too.

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  23. YES! They always have these frumpy dresses for a quarter at the thrift store! Now I will have cute little sassy vests! wahoo you!

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