reconstructions are some of my favorite things to make! i love finding really awful stuff and turning it into something that will be loved and worn. the best part is showing people a “before” photo after they start gushing and watch their double-take 😀
people ask me where i get these clothes… i don’t really have a single answer, they come from all over the place. antique stores, consignment shops, thrift stores, bargin bins (i really love the goodwill outlet; they have some of the worst picked-over stuff), donations from friends… i’ve even found a few pieces in the dumpster (don’t worry, i washed ’em!).
the original purple fabric is actually pretty stretchy, so this dress is very form-fitting and slinky 😀 i cut off most of the buttonholes because they were REALLY wonky looking, and salvaged the middle with some slinky black jersey. also replaced the buttons with shiny black buttons. this dress can be worn a few different ways – as shown, or
scrunched up, or
loooove it. i got rid of the elastic and put in the black waistband, added sleeves and cut the bottom to a nice length and kept the original neckline. the buttons on the side do unbutton, in case you want a nice long slit 😉 i really love how this one turned out.
i guess this one didn’t really want to photo either. the skirt and top are separated by a line of black piping… the ruffly goodness on the shirt was continued at the bottom of the skirt. frilly!
i love all the colors in this one… you could wear it with pretty much anything and it will match! there is actually some pretty neat ruching detailing on the shoulders (from the original), but it didn’t photo too well due to the shiny/silkiness of the fabric