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15.8.08

Doing it yourself....Happy Friday

So one day the mafia and I were at Savers, and I spied the sleeves of this size HUMONGOUS dress peeking out from one of the racks.
I loved it, or rather, I loved the sleeves.
I put the tent on and spent the next 10 minutes debating whether it was worth converting or not. I felt like I could hide me, the pup, the drinks cabinet and the mafia under there- it was huge. Although the thought of that tickles me, how funny would it be to have a party under a huge dress!
I digress, in the end I bought it and it has sat in my sewing bag for a good two months. The maids wouldn't touch it, it's synthetic and they said the mere smell of it screamed 'common.'

However, I don't like it when I get told I can't have something, that won't work, it'll never happen.
Behold, the finished product:

See how happy I am that I managed to mend this?

The flower is a corsage I'm working on as a commission for a client, I love it so much that I think I need one for myself.
Dress that was a tent: Savers
Heels: Guillame Hinfray
Ring: Mouche
Corsage: Made by me.Happy Friday everyone!
LM
x


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35 comments:

Grant said...

Hooray! First to comment!!!

What a fantastic job you have done with this dress, it looks positively wonderful on you.

Sidenote: You should have the maids flogged for that sort of insolence! Lady M, common?

I THINK NOT!!!

amelia_styledownunder said...

Stunning!!! Wow you really know your way around a needle and thread girl. No complaints from me about monochrome outfits if this is how amazing it can look - love the flower accessory too! xx

Skye said...

More fantastic alterations success! I have occasionally salvaged a size bazillion dress, somehow it is actually easier for me to do that than successfully alter a dress which is only a couple of sizes too big - maybe because you have to get a little bit creative with the humongous frocks?

PS.Thank you for the lovely link, have returned the favour.

The Collector said...

Yay! You are standing up! Seriously a girl with legs like yours should be standing up in short dresses ALL the time!!!

I'm completely floored by your efforts here - wonderful!. Now you are going to have me looking in the Plus sized section for garments with magnificent sleeves - problem is... I don't know how to sew!!!

I love the red rose + red lippie... BEAUTIFUL!

Have a nice weekend.
xx

Miss Karen said...

Wow you've altered the dress into such a hot little number!

And I love the corsage, simply perfect. :D

Lady Smaggle said...

Well done! It looks fantastic. I love the shoes and the sleeves are certainly worth all the work!

Elena said...

I love your work!
Have you got a shop? If not, better open one! I will definitely be a regular!

Mila said...

Wow! This dress looks gorgeous!
Amazing job girl...
<3

Mila.

StrikeMatch said...

I love the picture of you in the massive dress. You look like a kid dressed up in her mother's clothing.

And also fantastic work! The dress is a knockout.

Sarah-Lou said...

Very lovely, great work - you're beautiful, it was worth trying!

WJ said...

I am in awe of your sewing skills. I wish to be that proficient with the needle and thread! And such a lovely end result, as always...

Lady Melbourne said...

I have my mother to thank for my sewing skills, she taught me everything I know, I have no formal training to speak of.

Ivy said...

Do you think you could show us a tutorial on how to make that corsage..? I would love that :)

bronwyn said...

Absolutely stunning....I want your ring!!!

Kirby said...

Lovely, now i you just need to explain to me how i can make the gorgeous tiny vintage gowns at the salvos grow a few sizes

madeleinemiranda said...

Wow, you are a really talented seamsmistress! I am just going through you blog, I really like your style!

Thanks!

Mademoiselle M.

Jess said...

very clever! What a lovely blog I stumbled across!

Would you like to exchange links?

www.anewmuse.net

Jess :)

susie_bubble said...

Really stunning! Your DIY-ness is making my fingers itch but alas, no sewing machine yet!

Alice said...

oh wow this looks stunning! well done! the sleeves are gorgeous I agree!!


And wow how cool are those shoes!!!

Sal said...

Oh, to have those skills! You worked wonders with that formless mass of black. Smashing.

heartofpearl said...

I think I need sewing lessons from you LM! Wow. I love black and roses. I really love this outfit!

Aww and thankyou so much for visiting my lonely site! x

The Clothes Horse said...

Pretty dress! Your mending skills are beyond measure. I adore the sleeves too.

WendyB said...

You have some serious talent!

Thumbelina said...

Wow you are way to adorable for words! But anyway, WOW! What a transformation, you really did an exceptional job of restitching that dress. It looks absolutely divine! I wish I was so skilled at the machine (makes a mental note to become proficient at sewing asap!). Also, I wanted to say thank you for you sweet comment on my blog, and I hope you don't mind that I linked you to mine!!
Ciao ciao dearie <3
Marisa

Taghrid said...

wow! you are a miracle worker i love the finished product!!

Lil' Puch said...

I'm speechless by what you have done with this dress and the wedding dress from the last post...

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Fabulous. I love both your recent DIY alterations, but this one seems so much more you. I can see lots of cocktail parties in its future.

Miss_Corrine said...

Fabulous, utterly fabulous :)

styledigger said...

Perfect transformation, you talented girl! Love it, especially the sleeves. Roses, roses, I love roses!

Kira Fashion said...

you are really fashion!!!

a kiss!!

Anthea said...

Hurrah! You fixed it :) You could also pair it with a great skinny belt.

Tea said...

Wow! I even quite like the original (if it wasnt so tent huge!) Reminds me of Gail Sorronda. The corsage works perfectly.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

You really have a lovely wardrobe and lovely pictures and I can't really believe I've never visited your blog "poperly" even though I might have dropped by briefly ages ago.

I will surely add you right back!

Imelda Matt said...

A+

katiecrackernuts said...

Well done. Looks great. Was just pointed to your blog through a fellow blogger. I love that you're refashioning these outfits. I do likewise with fodder from my local op shops. Last one was a great pink fluoro velvet number that I took 73cm off the hem and cut off the melodramatic chiffon sleeves pasted - yes pasted, with glue - on to the bell shaped ones that were supposed to be there. Bless you. So pleased to meet you.