Thursday, March 25, 2010

I modify a dress

This might be my new favorite dress. I found it several months ago whilst thrifting with my friend. I loved the style, and even though I was trying really hard to save money, I bought it. Then I got it home and tried it on again. I immediately had buyer's remorse because of the length. It was two inches past the knee and looked very matronly. I pouted and hung it in my closet. Today I brought it out and knew exactly what to do. Since the only things I can sew are flat and straight, I figured I could just pin it the way I wanted it (I saw another girl do this on her blog a while back...I'm sorry that I can't remember who it was and credit them, but thanks for the amazing idea!). This is the result.


I am totally regretting not wearing brown tights at all this past fall and winter. I took these out of the package today and love how they look. They are less harsh than black would be and are more fit for a pre-spring weather day (don't let the sunshine fool you...it was chilly!).


This is the ring I was wearing. I love peacock feather motifs in fashion and design, not only because it is beautiful, but because it's naturally occurring in nature. Nature is my favorite place to look for inspiration. If I were an animal, I think I'd be a peacock...





I have some bridesmaid duties tonight with the bride, so yay! And then, thrifting tomorrow for decorations and dresses - it'll be fun!

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40 comments

Judith, said...

I like your outfit and i like the spring photo's!
x

Dhu said...

Ohh, that dress is wonderful. I bought some hutterite dresses while thrifting recently and I'm planning to hem them, I'm just scared that I will come across a hutterite while wearing one and get a very nasty glare. i really love the collars and the sleeves, jsut no the length, it makes me look frumpy.

Hannah said...

I love the new look of this dress!

Catherine said...

Wow, that is a really great idea. I will have to use that sometime. Cute dress!

Lillian said...

I love it! that is the way that dress was ment to be! oh and with the brown tights, it really does look lovely. So cute!

Who are you Weesha? said...

This is a beautiful spring outfit Indy, the brown leggings are lovely! You look beautiful and happy as usual :)

The Fashion Bloggess said...

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xx

Francy said...

Great find! I absolutely adore how you altered it. I love doing things like that with thrifted clothes. It looks very sassy now!

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Sher said...

That's a wonderful idea to pin up the dress, it now has a bubble-like skirt effect, LOVELY!!

And I adore how you put up all your hair into a top knot:)

xx

cadencesmama said...

oh wow - that dress is amazing! and it looks beautiful on you.

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fhen said...

i love the dress, so pretty
and yap the brown tights adds the chicness
i love peacock too! they are fabulous

xoxo

Susi said...

Indy, Congrats - that is your best look ever! :D I really love that dress and how you've done your hair (very Hepburnesque!).

The idea to pin it up is very good converted. Attaboy! ;D

Now I want to pin up every single skirt of my wardrobe ;D

You see: I really love that!

Shop T.O. Live said...

Oh wow! What a couple of inches shorter can do!!! This dress looks fabulous and I love all the ruffles at the bottom - so super chic!

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Julie Marie said...

OH My gosh I totally love this dress- the entire outfit. Sexy, beautiful, gorgeous, fun...just so YOU! YAY! And i"m looking forward to today :-)

liyana said...

i like ur stockings, i think brown color is nice and it warmify ur looks. I LOVE TO LOOK AT THE TREES THERE. LOLS. over here its always either green trees, or no trees


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Giovanna&Roberta said...

A so pretty dress!

Patty Ann said...

great great outfit. i love how you pinned it!!

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wardrobeexperience said...

this dress looks so pretty on you. brilliant diy-projekt!

xoxo
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Lual said...

stunning!

Hardini said...

you look pretty, nice dress and i like all those pics. the weather was perfect

My Passport to Style said...

Hi my stylish friend, you have done it again, pulled off a style coup! Adore your amazing peacock ring! Sharon xx

Gladys Fashioncancer said...

Love your dresssss. You look great in it. :)

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Brown and Cappuccino said...

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Amazing dress :) love it

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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

You have such a gift for finding the best day dresses!!! I want to raid your closet!!!! I love how you adjusted the hem. It looks great. It really gives the dress movement.

Miss Madeline said...

adore your shoes and pairing them with brown tights!

Nita-Karoliina said...

I love that dress!

Goodle. said...

The dress is stunning! Such a great tailored fit!

And the tights look great, reminds me of milk chocolate ^-^ haha.
You should tell us how you pinned the dress, i would love to know because i have a few very long dresses hiding in my wardrobe that need to be shortened!

GOODLE X

Clara said...

lovely look
cute dress
xx

Clau! said...

You did a great job with that dress ñ_ñ

Imogen said...

I love this dress so much it is absolutely perfect. I'm so pleased you bought it and that you found a way for it to work. It is just the right length. I like the tights too. I have been trying to shop for tights lately but the selection we have here right now is so limited.

WILDasaMINK said...

huh, chocolate brown tights, where have I been all this time-they look so great! I need a pair like ASAP! I'll probably have to wait now though, you know till Fall rolls around again. Boo! I clearly missed out....I love the way the brown tights look.

michelle_ said...

that's a beautiful dress ! i love u added tights to make it the perfect transitional dressing outfit !
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Christina said...

You did a great job with the dress! I thrift long-hemmed dresses and skirts all the time with the intention of shortening them.

Anonymous said...

You are so hot!!!

chichichic said...

awesome outfit... love the vintage vibe, the colors.... lovely!


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Miri said...

Cuuuute dress! Perfect for spring =)

Erina said...

I really like your t-strap sandals with the dress and tights. I keep wanting to wear my sandal wedges, but it's too rainy. Good luck thrifting!

theowlsarenotwhattheyseem said...

this looks great!! i love the effect of the safety pins on the dress. it's so nice using pins to modify clothes- then you're not tied into things being one particular way. ~joelle

Syed (dapper kid) said...

I am absolutely loving that dress!! And oooh that ring is so pretty :)

reckless daughter said...

fantastic dress! I love that color combination too.

PS: thanks for your lovely comment ;)

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