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Another retro upcycled Swing Dress

Another retro upcycled Swing Dress

It's no secret, I love restyles and this dress was just begging for it! I loved the vertical stripes, the crisp white and blue tones and the fabulous cut of the bodice; it needed a little bit of T&C with bodice and sleeve facings but nitching else. I did consider an extra midriff using the fabric I'd purchased but the cut was pretty good so I felt it didn't need messing with. One thing I loved was the back as it goes into a deep V shape with an enclosed centre zip, so easy to do up and wear.
I didn't like the length so unpicked the generous hem, it still wasn't long enough for a vintage style and after a good hunt around I found this lovely dark navy blue fabric that was in the right tones and believe it or not it was only $2.00 a metre. The shop was having a massive sale!


This dress itself only cost me $9.00 so all up with the extra bits and pieces, buttons, lace trim and 1 metre of material, it has cost me less than $20.00 to upcycle. Not bad for a lovely casual dress.
As I was using a different shade of blue for the hem extension I had to use it somewhere else on the dress to tie it in, I felt a bib front would work well and cut a half circle matching the bodice front. An easy tack and see job and then hand seen lace trim in white with white buttons and it all came together.
I teamed this up with a purchased navy belt and here you go, the perfect day dress for next to nothing! Can't wait to wear it!

Posted: Thursday 15 October 2015


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