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Vintage Redesign

Vintage DressI have a keen interest in re-inventing dated styles and turning them into modern fashionable pieces. My latest find was based on fabric alone. One of my favourite colours is mint, and this dress by Quintieri has a beautiful mint blue and pastel yellow print. During my recent Ottawa thrifting adventure I found this vintage dress deep in the mess of dresses at Value Village.

Surprisingly when I actually tried it on at home it fit almost perfect without alteration! I did take in the shoulders a bit due to the seams beginning to shred and decided I wanted it raised up to a more flattering knee height. Silly me didn’t measure properly, as I tend to do because I do it by pinning the dress while wearing it, so when you bend over you end up making it shorter than you think.

Vintage DressI was excited at the thought of having a scarf of the same fabric, but after cutting and hemming I realized it was way too short. So I scrapped the additional scarf idea and began sewing the remaining trim fabric into a rippled effect along the bottom. Now the detail at the bottom of the dress is feminine and playful.

Because the fabric is quite light I decided to pair it up with a brown sparkle sweater from Urban Behaviour to wear to work. When I returned to Kingston I popped into Value Village and saw this light yellow vintage necklace, normally I would debate price but I just had to have it for the finished look!

Happy Accidents

Le Chateau DressTo the untrained eye, this is just an adorable pleated skirt. Now let me fill you in with the story behind it.

I am guilty of not often bothering to try outfits on at the store, usually the reason I do spend the time is because I think the price might not be worth it. This particular dress by Le Chateau I did take the time to try on. I was instantly in love with the bottom of the dress with the three rows of adorable pleats.


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Well the dress fit just fine in the store but I wasn’t too crazy about how the sleeves felt. I get home try it on again and decide that the sleeves needed to be redesigned. I spent about an hour first thing in the morning adjusting the sleeves, essentially removing them altogether and adding the design elements back on afterward.

Once the sleeves were complete I tried it on ready to wear to work. It was like the top half had doubled in size. A thought occurred: I had tried it on wearing two tank tops and a thicker padded bra. If this was to fit I’d need a pair of DD’s which isn’t happening any time soon! But I was still infatuated with the bottom, so in typical Pam style, I grabbed the scissors and make a drastic design decision.

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Within moments I had created the beginning of a vest and skirt both cute but in a whole new way. At this point I was going to be late for work if I didn’t sort this out so my quick and easy solution for this new skirt was to pin the unfinished-freshly-cut top to a thick belt. Voila! Totally cute and one of a kind pleated skirt.

You’ll never guess how many compliments I received all day long. Now when anyone comments I have a great story to go along with it!

Bohemian Chic

Boho Chic Today’s look is a little more boho-casual than my usual but man is it comfy! I have been aching to wear my spring and summer dresses but with the chilly weather still hanging on I’m forced to layer up. My boss mentioned that I hardly ever wear my hair up these days so I thought a little more casual look with a hint of girly meets cowboy was in order with this messy updo.

The over sized sweater top from Forever 21 is one of my favourite thrift finds this year as it is so comfortable and such a nice look. The dress underneath is by Absolutely & Faith, one of my favourites from The Revolving Door. The top half is lovely ivory lace and the bottom skirt section is a lovely sheer peach. To complete the layered look I added another gem I picked up in Medicine Hat on one of my first thrifting excursions after my move, a super cute and dainty ivory scarf. The belt I swiped from an H&M dress I bought last summer, it just goes with everything!

An Old Favourite

Sheer Floral Tunic I tell you what, I have had this dress for so long I have no idea where I got it, what the label is or which way is the back or front! A one of a kind number that’s sheer but a touch short with the slip that I have presently but it works quite well with just a pair of leggings. The leggings however are probably a form of what the girls call “jeggings” these days, a thin stretchy pant with a faux denim print. Quite comfy I’m not going to lie! To make the look a little more feminine and flattering I paired it with a thick warm brown belt and light peach tank top underneath to give it some pop.

Reconstruction

Dress ReconstructionI often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.

I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.

I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.

The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.

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