|Mabel, isn't she so pretty?|
First of all, let me just say that I'm a lover of all things vintage and that includes fashion. Not only do I love the character of old, classic pieces, but I also think that it's a great way to be green (ie - environmentally friendly). So when I found Cotton & Curls and saw how amazing this chic is at taking old, too big or otherwise unwearable clothes and "re-fashioning" them into totally cute, totally wearable and totally chic pieces, I became a huge fan. She is such a creative inspiration that I finally decided to try my hand at some refashions of my own. :)
To start, I scoured the racks of Good Will and found this size 22 polka dot dress for a whopping $7 (now, if I wasn't so impatient, I could have waited 3 days to get the 50% off Good Will Saturday discount and paid only $3.50. But I loved it so much and didn't want anyone else to snag it up before me!) NOTE: it can be frustrating for some to sort through all of the "junk" to find the gems, but they're there so just be patient! Now where was I?? Yes, size 22 dress. I'm more of a 6/8 sized gal, so this was definitely a bit big for me. But what drew me to it was the print and texture. I've been wanting a black polka dot shirt in a light, chiffon material and this was perfect.
So here's the before...
|way too much going on with this dress from the ALLover busy print, to the draping, to the tiered ruffles... yikes!|
|simple. sophisticated. fun!|
Singer Finishing Touch Serger (thank you, Craigslist), I finished all of the rough edges by sewing a delicate rolled hem.
|here you can see the detail of the fine rolled hem|