Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY Style: Re-Vamping Vintage, Part V

Here is another installment in my Re-Vamping Vintage series, where I refurbish vintage items in need of repair or alteration. Hopefully you remember this dress from Monday's post - at only $19, I thought it was a great vintage buy, but it needed a few fixes. The biggest was a giant tear in one of the straps. I thought about how to repair it, but decided there was no easy fix and the best solution was to create new straps with the leftover material I cut from the hem.

1. Using the leftover material, I cut straps from both the metallic material and lining. I decided to use fusible interfacing, as well, to stabilize the fabric. I made these exactly like the original straps, except I matched the stripes.

2. The side seams were rather straight through the waist and hips (and had been altered and let out once before). I opened the seams through the hips a small amount (there wasn't much fabric to work with) and I took in the fabric near the waist about an inch or so.

3. I hemmed the new length and added a back vent for ease.

The dress still needs a little bit of work. The top of the dress over the bust folds in an awkward spot and the bodice side seams bunch somewhat. I may eventually get around to fixing these issues but the dress is now wearable.

With the leftover fabric, I decided to make a matching clutch. I used a gold exposed metal zipper and cut the fabric on the bias (on the front) to give it a chevron effect.
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Real College Student of Atlanta said...

i absolutely LOVE the end result!! perfect holiday dress!!

PetiteAsianGirl said...

Love what you did with the dress, but the clutch with the leftover fabric really blew me away. GOrgeous! Happy holidays, Mary Ann!

Alex said...

You did a great job!

XO Alex

Sam said...

You got some mad sewing skills! The dress looks incredible--fantastic job! I really like the gold-silver shine of the material.

Thanks for the tutorial. Re-vamping is hard work but you make it seem so easy. :)

Rachel said...

Great job, as usual! The dress looks fab! Have a great Christmas!

Katie- Hems for Her said...

SO beautiful! I wish I had your skills!!

muneezz said...

Wonderful revamp! And thank you for pointing out the bunny, heehee!!!

Jen said...

a lovely and accessible tutorial! I will be sure to reference this beauty in the future, thanks!

Samantha said...

That is AMAZING Mary Ann!! You did wonders AND got a matching clutch too!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

xo, sam
**Style of Sam**