My sister and I, being the nerdy seamstresses that we are, were inspired and went off that afternoon to the thrift store to get ugly old dresses to make over. We turned it into a competition and I chose her the ugliest dress I could find and she chose me the ugliest dress she could find. We laid out a few ground rules:
- You had to do all the alterations yourself (no help with the sewing)
- You couldn't spend more than $5
- You could pair the outfit with things you already owned
- You had to wear your dress in PUBLIC on Feb. 14, 2012
We both discovered that altering a dress is so much faster than sewing one from the ground up. Once we both figured out what in the world we were going to do with these atrocious dresses the sewing part actually didn't take that long. It was so much fun to see what the other person came up with!
Here is my sister's (Britt) dress before and after. Oh, and I apologize in advances to any of you who owned and actually wore dresses like these. I am sure they were in style, once upon a time... eek!
Didn't she do a great job? She took off the parachute sleeves, made the arm holes smaller, shortened the dress so that it didn't look like a tent and took off the sash. I don't think the picture gives you a good enough sense of how atrocious the fabric is on this dress. Orange with psychedelic flowers. Yuck. But she accessorized it so cute that the crazy fabric doesn't stand out so much. She was so excited to wear it to school and looked so stylish in it. She has talent!
Here is my dress before and after.
To change my dress I took off the bow thingy, took out the shoulder pads (honestly, I have just never understood the appeal of shoulder pads), shortened the sleeves and put elastic in them, took off the lace, cut the scrunchy material shorter and sewed it into the bottom of the dress, and added a ribbon I bought for 2 dollars. I was happy with how it turned out. I actually got a few compliments on it when I wore it, even before people saw the "before" picture. But man, I had to wash it in heavy duty detergent to get the old lady perfume smell out of it! Ick. But now it smells nice. And no, I didn't change the color. It was just the time of day the picture was taken that makes it look different.
As you can tell my sister and I have very different fashion styles but we were both so impressed with what the person did to their dress. It was really fun and we both agreed that we will have to do this again in the future. It is a great way to get cute dresses really cheap!
To finish off our competition though we want to have people vote on our dresses, to see who made the biggest change and who ended up with the most wearable dress. Whoever wins has to take the other person out to dinner. So even though this is my blog PLEASE don't just vote for me... though you can if you want to. We really want to know what people think!
The polls are on the sidebar of my blog so if you are in Google Reader you will have to click on over and take it.
I would love it if you would take a minute to vote. The stakes are pretty high!