Girls Vintage Dress Strap Alice Headband....

I've been wading through a recent mending job pile, and as I've been been doing so I've been looking for ways to make the most of every piece and scrap of vintage fabric through this process. This dress you see now, didn't originally look like this. Sorry I don't have original pics but imagine if you will slight puffed prairie shoulders in the red finished off with the black floral to the elbow and tapered for a tight fit. It was gorgeous but the red fabric had seen better days. Would you believe too that this dress was also missing one of its ties for the back. So with only one side tie and not enough fabric to make another, I got to thinking.


I hate the thought that in someone else's hands that a dress such as this which still has plenty of years and life left in it could be destined for the bin. But vintage for me is also about rescuing, restyling and reinventing so pieces can continued to be enjoyed. So with only one back tie, I got on with the job of taking it off and converting that little old back tie into an elasticised "Alice" band.

No real tutorial pictures as this all happened on the fly but ever so simple. I simply made sure the inch and half wide tie was cut and had an opening at each end. Being a girls dress I made sure by a quick test on my sons head that there would be enough fabric to go around the head bar an inch or two at the base of the head. I poked the ends on the tie in just enough to give a tidy hem with no stray threads and with a few inches of elastic poked it into each opened side neatly and in a few seconds flat I whipped it back and forth through the sewing machine for strength and I was done.

Thanks Cohen for being still just for a second to be my model, although slightly unwillingly.

Now I have a dress (stock dress) with a little added value so to speak. As for the dress itself and the alteration of the sleeves, it can still be styled gorgeously with a belt and worn in warmer and cooler months by layering long sleeve tees underneath in complimentary colours to the dresses pattern.

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My Vintage Childhood: Girls Vintage Dress Strap Alice Headband....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Girls Vintage Dress Strap Alice Headband....

I've been wading through a recent mending job pile, and as I've been been doing so I've been looking for ways to make the most of every piece and scrap of vintage fabric through this process. This dress you see now, didn't originally look like this. Sorry I don't have original pics but imagine if you will slight puffed prairie shoulders in the red finished off with the black floral to the elbow and tapered for a tight fit. It was gorgeous but the red fabric had seen better days. Would you believe too that this dress was also missing one of its ties for the back. So with only one side tie and not enough fabric to make another, I got to thinking.


I hate the thought that in someone else's hands that a dress such as this which still has plenty of years and life left in it could be destined for the bin. But vintage for me is also about rescuing, restyling and reinventing so pieces can continued to be enjoyed. So with only one back tie, I got on with the job of taking it off and converting that little old back tie into an elasticised "Alice" band.

No real tutorial pictures as this all happened on the fly but ever so simple. I simply made sure the inch and half wide tie was cut and had an opening at each end. Being a girls dress I made sure by a quick test on my sons head that there would be enough fabric to go around the head bar an inch or two at the base of the head. I poked the ends on the tie in just enough to give a tidy hem with no stray threads and with a few inches of elastic poked it into each opened side neatly and in a few seconds flat I whipped it back and forth through the sewing machine for strength and I was done.

Thanks Cohen for being still just for a second to be my model, although slightly unwillingly.

Now I have a dress (stock dress) with a little added value so to speak. As for the dress itself and the alteration of the sleeves, it can still be styled gorgeously with a belt and worn in warmer and cooler months by layering long sleeve tees underneath in complimentary colours to the dresses pattern.

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5 Comments:

At April 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Helga! said...

So satisfying to be a savious to a frock that needed some TLC!
Funny, I thought for a second the title was Vintage Dress STRIP!!! Whoops......XXX

 
At April 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Vix said...

You've done a great job, Trudie. It's a beautiful frock! x

 
At April 3, 2013 at 6:19 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

You're a crack up Helga. If I ever find a vintage strip dress you'll be the first to know. But yes it's is rather wonderful to save a frock and give it life again. I've recently asked my local op shop not to automatically throw older garments in need of repair or that are stained. I've told the, I'm more than happy to look through them so what is workable and refashion them and offer them a little something for it.

 
At April 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thanks Vix. You would have adored it in it's original glory *sigh*. You hard working on these girls, teens and petites vintage frocks, more then half of my stock I just wish was adult size *sigh again*.

 
At April 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Sunae Reilly said...

I love this one Trudie! Being a mad crafter and sewer I can't believe I have never thought to refashion op shop finds before! Clearly, I need to get my brain together! haha

 

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