Anthropologizing LOFT 2

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



I found this amazing little dress at LOFT on clearance for $5.00 a while ago and fell in love with the color and style, so of course, I snatched it right up.  It was totally cool on it's own, but as you know, I can't leave anything alone and I've wanted a cream-trimmed red dress for a while...making this one the perfect victim. HA.
Here's the sketch I used to keep focused on what I wanted the dress to become.

The fabric lining of a store-bought garment rarely ever matches the actual fabric of a dress lemme tell ya, but this one did (shocker).  Since the dress was already long, I shortened the top layer of fabric letting the lining hang below, edged them both with cream fabric to echo the trim of the sleeve and flutter detailing...then used the extra fabric to make the sleeves.


The belt was made out of cream brocade using a belt kit. 

This dress would have still been really versatile without the sleeves, but I always like to have the option...and it seemed a ridiculous waste of fabric not to add them.  For a more detailed description of how I sew sleeves into existing dresses, go here



That's all, readers.  At the end of the day, each rework isn't necessarily an improvement...just different..
But for all the girls who can't ever leave well-enough alone, different is just the thing, no?

41 comments:

  1. Mmmm. This one IS an improvement in my opinion. Fabulous job. The sleeves and trim make it I think.

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  2. This is beautiful. What a great find! I love the details you added and I like it better now then before. You added more interest to the dress. Thanks for the inspiration.



    Jessica
    acoupleofcraftaddicts.blogspot.com

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  3. LOVE the sleeves, the contrasting trim, the different hems, the pictures, and your sewing skills. :)

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  4. aw geeeze....You are a genius! What a super pretty dress you made out of a simple sale rack find! You should be a famous designer with a gazillion $$!

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  5. wow- it looks great!

    i'm impressed- good job!

    mindofmr.blogspot.com

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  6. That white trim really pops against the red...genius!

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  7. Wow, you are just so talented! I think you definitely gave the dress more personity with the piping. Great job!

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  8. Your talent and imagination always continues to amaze me!

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  9. Amazing! It's beautiful. Please come refashion my closet! I'd love to have you link up with Creative Me Monday this week! Here's the link:

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/09/creative-me-monday_25.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  10. So beautiful.. Hi there.. I absolutely LOVE your blog.. Found ya via linky party over at Trendy Tree House and officially following ya with smiles.. Great creativity here.. So indulged.. I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ and I'd love for you to stop in sometime. Have a great Wednesday. : ))

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  11. Your dress turned out so cute! I love the details you added!

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  12. This is an amazing re-work! I always love your creations.

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  13. What a gorgeous transformation. You have a great talent! All the little details of the dress really make it beautiful and unique. Keep up the good work!

    http://growcreative.blogspot.com

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  14. wow this looks WAY better like this!!!! Wonderful job!!

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  15. That is fabulous!!!! It looks like a totally different dress.

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  16. much better than the original! I love these refashions you do! Btw, what do you use in your hair? I have the same curls.

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  17. What did you use to edge it? Bias tape and a blind stitch? Any tips for sewing things on like that super straight? I am just starting to sew more clothes! Help please! swoodsonsays at gmail dot com

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  18. Wow! What a beautiful update to that dress! Looks so pretty. You've got a lot of talent!

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  19. I love the sleeves too.
    They make it so much prettier!

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  20. Um...you're amazing :) Love the remake!

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  21. I just found your blog and I am totally smitten! You have great style! I am so excited to come back for more yumminess, totally becoming a follower! Thanks xoxo.

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  22. WOW! :)) Wish I could do that :)You're really good :)
    xxx

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  23. This is just beautiful...LOVE the color!!! Greetings from mexico!
    Clau
    http://handmadeconamor.blogspot.com

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  24. Wow - awesome job. I love the sleeves.

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  25. I just love how well you put sleeves into sleeveless tops. It looks so beautiful and natural. As always, you are a sewing inspiration!

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  26. sewing inspiration is right! Love this! Come link up to scrappy saturdays over at candacecreations.blogspot.com I'd love to see you there!

    Candace

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  27. GORGEOUS! I love the after so much it's ridiculous. That coat is fantastic too. You are so cute! Visting from delicateCONSTRUCTION! I hope you will be by DIY Diva Thursdays this week to link this dress up! We party until Monday :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  28. The transformation of this dress is awesome. Thanks for linking to Success U @ TheStuffOfSuccess.com

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  29. This is amazing!! REALLY great job!

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  30. A_MAZING!!! That dress looks so cute! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/09/sweet-saturday-v7.html

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  31. I have followed your blog for quite sometime in quiteness, but have to tell you how much I love what you do on here, and almost everytime i get on here, I say to myself..."Man I wish I had her hair." It is beautiful.

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  32. You look amazing, love your style.
    I would love for you to join my weekly linky party fri-monday, come strut your stuff.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  33. Love this! Very cute and practical. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    Abby
    i---create
    (come take a look if you like)

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  34. Wow. This is beautiful! I love the contrast of red and white together. And it looks like you bought it that way!

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  35. Very impressive. Off to check out how to add sleeves to dresses. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. love it! found you via the girl creative and
    hope you'll enter my giveaway and decide to follow:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-stencil-splendor-giveaway.html

    michele

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  37. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such a fun blog full of inspiration. I love your dress -- absolutely STUNNING!

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  38. Wow~ Your dress refashion is amazing! I am always inspired when I stop by and so honored that you always share with my Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you share next!

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  39. Its beautiful Kristina! I think you have more on setting sleeves in your upcoming book, though a quick question from my end is where do you usually find/buy fabric for sleeves, like lacy fabric and chiffon. I seldom find anything that matches in texture and color to a sleeveless dress or top I have. Again, great work!

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