Saturday, 24 September 2011


A few weeks ago my regular, aimless, lunch-break wanderings led to my barrrrrrrgain vintage discovery within the dark but wonderful corners of a local vintage shop.

Squashed onto a tiny rail packed between a few knit cardigans and chiffon shirts was this BEAUTIFUL little black dress.

A figure pleasing strapless dress with a striking lace neck piece and sleeves - perfect! However as with all vintage clothes, this piece needing updating... UPCYCLING. 

Vintage cuts never quite cut it (painful pun, sorry!) in modern day. The hemlines and lengths can be obviously old-fashioned and the fit can accentuate all the wrong parts. So, I grabbed my scissors, thread and (not literally this time) my sewing machine.

 About an hour later I had a subtly re-vamped black dress...

The hemline was shortened to a much more flattering 21st century shape and the gothic over-kill sleeves were snipped away. 

The sleeves fall beautifully, copying the pretty 'lampshade' shape of the skirt part of the dress. I'm still undecided on whether to keep this shape or add darts to the skirt, creating a more sophisticated silhouette. What do you think?

I'm really pleased with this; a practical, timeless LBD, unique to myself for £10!

Thank you for reading, I hope this has helped you open your eyes and think forward when looking at un-shapely vintage dresses, there's potential in (almost!) anything. 

p.s please look at for a future post involving the cuttings of the sleeves, think hats and the 1920's!


Ann said...

What are you doing up at this time of night! This looks gorgeous Faye - don't think it needs any more! You've done wonders on that machine of yours - well done!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous dress Faye, love what you have done with it, would even wear this myself :)

Like the shape as it is ;)

Vicki x

rhiannonvic said...

This is so gorgeous! Such an amazing find and love what you've done with it! Very very pertty! xx

Daisy said...

What a great find! I'm always customising my clothes. Mainly the ones I've gotten from my mum, saving them from being thrown away! I usually don't find the vintage I buy is the wrong cut which is good, but I have seen a few on Etsy which are mega long, so you've inspired me. Lots of love xx

Temporary:Secretary said...

You look gorgeous in that dress, and I love your hair. So pretty x

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Ulrika said...

Wow, I love what you did to the dress, the last pic is just fabulous.


Lucia said...

You are so adorable, I absolutel love your hair. Wish mine was as nice as that hahaa.