Have you ever been vintage shopping and come across a dress that’s just so hideously awful but you just can’t help but pick it up rather than leave it in its ugliness behind? I definitely have. I’ve been to several vintage festivals, fairs and shops and come across items that are garishly colourful but have a fabulous shape or are made out of a gorgeous fabric but are the most horrendous shape, and many of those have made their way home with me, oops!
So when Revival Vintage offered me the opportunity to transform an ugly vintage dress into something better, I jumped at the chance! This glorious number arrived in the post a few weeks later and I’ve got to say, this one stumped me a little bit as to what to do with it! I had a number of ideas, but I really wanted to make use of various different features that this dress has: the original matching belt, buttons on the sleeve cuffs, the lace on the collar and the gorgeous fabric. But sadly, I can’t possibly get all of these into one updated garment without it looking much too over the top or just keep it just the same!
But there are a few things I wanted to get rid of: the puff sleeves for one. I know, I know, many of you will love this dress exactly for its massive shoulders, but personally, I’ve never been a fan. They make my head look weirdly small and overshadow the rest of my body, so they’ve had to go. Also the white filler bit at the collar was just…odd – it just didn’t work! So that’s…gone!
I’m not actually going to reveal the finished piece (or pieces?!) to you today because first of all, I want to know – what would you do to this dress if you were transform it? If you’re a sewist, what would you remove or add to it? If you’re not a sewist, but a cunning fashionsta, how would you style it so that the “ugliness” was transformed?