11.09.2012

Reworking A Dress

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Maroon Linen Maxi Dress: Gap
Suede Collar Denim Jacket: Forever 21 (First seen here)
Leopard Wedge Espadrilles: Payless
Gold Accessories: Bazaar

This dress was gifted to me. It came one sunny day in a big brown box that held other sorts of pretty things from way yonder the blue. I was excited by it, already imagining the numerous ways I could wear it, but when I tried it on, my bust could hardly fit. The sad part is that it's linen, so there's really no showing of mercy (also known as stretch).

For months, it lay under my closet along with other hopefuls (yes, I have pieces of clothing that used to fit years ago in a vacuum bag , still hoping and waiting for another chance to see the light) until I dug it up and decided that I was going to do something about it. Out came the scissors and the threads and the packet of needles. I snipped the straps at the back, sewed on maroon waist ties that I had cut off another top and voila! With longer straps, somehow the dress no longer dug into my arm pits, fit my bust area quite nicely and added a few inches of length. (Take that, my 4th year highchool Home Economics teacher who refused to accept my messy stitches and last-minute projects.)

Aaand because I am not the best when it comes to sewing, I wore a jacket so no one could see the horror what I did. Haha! With my very limited sewing skills, I betcha you all could do better. Have you had to rework clothes to make them work for you?

PS: Someone mentioned I should have used "oxblood" instead of maroon. Is it the same color?

Hugs,
Belated Bloomer



54 comments:

  1. Great until I don't see horror:) I love sewing:) and do it almost professional:) right now I'm sewing for my friend blouse:) so if you need advice I will be happy to help you:)

    Thank you, following back!

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    1. Next time I'm in a stitch (pun intended), I'll ask you for advice! :)

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  2. No worries, Abi. I couldn't sew anything to save my own life. The maxi dress with the denim jacket is a very nice touch. I'm aware of the full story, but you're put together nicely with this outfit. Very nice outfit and looks! Abi awesomeness.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  3. That was a clever idea, making the straps longer! I have a dress that I'm about to do some reworking on, but it always takes forever since I'm such a slow sewer. (And not a very good one at that.) The color of this dress looks GORGEOUS on you, I really like it mixed with the jean jacket.

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    1. I could say I'm an average sewer, but I sew haphazardly. LOL. :) Thanks Katie!

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  4. Great that you could make the dress work!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  5. amazing combintion for the dress <3

    want to follow each other? i will defiently follow back

    my blog:
    http://thebizarrebirdcage.blogspot.de/

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  6. my reworks are a lot like yours...they look great under coats! great thinking...and i'm glad it fits you now. you look great!

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  7. the dress looks amazing on you & we'd never know there was a previous fit issue! thank goodness you did a little tweaking :)

    happy friday.

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  8. That maxi dress worn with jacket or blazer looks office appropriate. Hurray to Home Econ for basic sewing!

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  9. I love the color of this dress, and great idea to rearrange it so you could wear it! I too am familiar with wearing a jacket or cardigan to cover up my sewing projects! Happy Friday!

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    1. It's already a Happy Saturday here, Katie!

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  10. The dress is beautiful! I absolutely love your accessories!

    xoxo, Meera
    www.momentswithmeera.com

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  11. Like the combo with the dress and a leopard shoe is always a fav! Would love for you to stop by my blog if you have the time and hear your thoughts!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings 

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    1. Thanks Dina! I'll visit your blog too! :D

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  12. The only thing I can sew is maybe a button onto a shirt, that's about it. So you should be proud! The dress looks great on you, love the color! Have a great weekend! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Haha! Sewing a button is the first thing I learned...just because I had to. :)

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  13. Classy and sophisticated are two words Id use for this look! :)

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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  14. Great blog! Love your outfit! Wanna follow each other? Come by and let me know! xoxo

    www.fashionmavenmommy.com

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  15. The dress looks so pretty on you!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  16. Abbi, I love the slit on the back of the dress and the espadrilles are cute! Love it!
    XO Tatianna

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  17. you're cutteee...and I loved to follow ;)

    loves,
    saphira-t


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  18. Yay! Prettiness! You look very elegant in it.

    I alter my dresses as well (due to my abnormally small torso).

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    1. Thanks! We all have our odd proportions...which reminds me how much I want to learn how to sew with a machine.

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  19. love this dress and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
    kisses
    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com

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  20. Great outfit,lovely!
    Thank you for your nice comment.I'm starting and I'm following on GFC.Waiting for you;)
    When you have a chance take a look at my new bag:)
    Xoxo
    Mary
    Fashion tea at 5

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  21. Yes I did, countless times, especially when I lost a lot of weight, 'cause all of a sudden I started swimming in my clothes so I had to repair them.

    Even if we didn't get to see the back of your dress I still think it's cute. I also loved your accessories.

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    1. I've never thought of that... When I lost weight some years ago, I went out shopping and replaced my wardrobe. Haha!

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  22. This dress looks amazing on you. Great color.

    XX,
    Jenny

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  23. I think this is so cute! I loos just perfect on you.

    creamyclothes.blogspot.com

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  24. Hey girl! This shade of red is so flattering on you! I definitely know what you mean about taking a pair of scissors to a piece of clothing... so useful, but sometimes a hard fix in the end. Sigh, then I do have to bust out my sewing machine. Lol.

    xoxo,
    Genie


    www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. I've been wanting a sewing machine for years now, but I don't know if I'll be committed enough to use it enough.

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