May 7, 2011

Altering Vintage Clothes

I have been altering my own clothes forever, but never in A whimsical romantic style with vintage laces.

I wanted to give this a try and it was fun to do!
I found a vintage slip at the thrift store

It still had the original tag. I did a little research and found it was from the late 40's or early 50's.  It says it is a size 38.

I added a vintage lace collar around the neckline.  The straps and flower are from a vintage night gown and vintage crochet lace was added for sleeve caps and a front applique.  

It's lined and has a side zipper. 
 I think it would make a cute summer dress.

This was a size large long gown that I cut short

I added a vintage collar for sleeve caps then ruffled some vintage lace (I love my ruffle foot) to trim the top and bottom then added eyelet lace around the hem.

I ruffled up some more lace and made roses on one strap

As it turned out the dress was to small for me and the shirt was to big, so I put both in my booth at Orange Tree and priced the long dress at $45 and the shirt at $35.  

I have no idea if they will sell. 
I just know it was fun to try something new.  

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sissie said...

I have a huge collection of vintage slips and I never once thought to alter them. Gosh I wish I lived close to you so I could pick your brain at least one or twice a week!

Love what you've done.


Susan said...

Very pretty!


These are just awesome. I would wear them. Mary

Nancy said...

Carol, you did a wonderful job on both! I love the long dress the best. Both are so pretty!!


Anonymous said...

wow,, now thats amazing,, i love to do the very same thing,, I have repurposed old slips into camisoles ,, doll clothes and dried lavendar sachets but this is a really good idea,,so girly girl,,

Jane said...

What a fabulous idea! You are a talented seamstress. Both pieces look amazing and I'm sure they will sell quickly.

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Carol ~
Those are just to die for beautiful!!
You did really good!!


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think they will sell fast. I love them both, so pretty and clever idea. Happy Mothers day Carol!XO

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I agree with all the above comments! You have the right touch for so many things!
Happy Mother's Day!

Nancy said...

I like them Both!! I think the price is right too, and that they are not there too long!
Huggs, Nancy

KarenSue said...

You are just so clever!
Have a wonderful Mothers day!

Josie said...

Oohh I can't wait to see these on my next trip to your booth! If they're still there, that is! I really like the shirt.

Laurie Brown said...

I'm sure they'll sell! They're beautiful, and right now that sort of style is showing up on some fashion websites- not actual vintage stuff, of course.

Olivia said...

Ohhhh, I love this idea! I would wear either one of these! Too cute! Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother's Day.

Gina said...

They're both so pretty! I would think they'll sell. Have a happy Mother's Day Carol!

Mike and Caroline said...

Thankyou so much for sharing, Carol. I would love to see more of the gorgeous clothes refashioning. You are extremely talented. Hugs and Thanks:)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Carol~WOW! You've got such a great vision.I adore this feminine vintage look. Had I access to your booth...I would've snatched up both dress and shirt before you could blink an eye.

Sweet wishes,

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Your blog is beautiful, and I love the header. Thank you for following my blog. :)
Blessings ~Wendy

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol ~ great job! As always, you're brilliant! Love the shirt! So cute!

Debbie said...

bee yoo tee ful!! I never cease to be amazed at you. That first one is my favorite, and I think it would make a wonderful summer dress. If I had the figure for it... and I don't... I would want it myself.

Scarlett Fontaine said...

oooh love these - great job well done - im sure they will sell like hot cakes :o) Scarlett x

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Carol - these are fantastic!

The "gypsy cowgirl" look is really in right now. A friend of mine has been altering vintage slips and selling them for like $60+!!!

You are so creative! I always look forward to your next posting! :)


dee dee said...

How beautiful!
Dee Dee

Sherry said...

What fun. I love what you did with the clothing. It will be fun to hear when they sell.

Phyllis said...

Oh, I love to sew and dabble in designs....we could have such fun working together! I adore the garments you made and know that they will "fly" away! Thanks for your comments on my post today and oh, how I wish you were here to help me drag that dress form out of the attic!! While I am up there, I will look for the rosewood pattern drafting tools in the original Wells Fargo wrapper. Have you ever seen any? I have not and wonder about their history. The date on the wrapper is 1910......100+ years ago.

abeachcottage said...

They are all so beautiful! Great job adding things/altering them. They do have that whimsical romantic quality to them now.