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Whilst I was browsing Ebay the other week I spotted this vintage dress and I rubbed my hands with glee. I have wanted to learn how to alter and up-cycle clothes for a long time and here was a dress that was pretty in print but hideous in pattern. My opportunity had arrived!

So here are the before photos!

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Now isn’t that something! I knew this wasn’t a task I could face alone so I went to my friend and sewing teacher Mary, and under expertise, we performed a startling transformation!

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As you can see we got rid of those long sleeves and replaced them with cute cap sleeves. We also lost the frills around the collar and replaced it with a V-neckline. And we raised the hem line so that the length wasn’t drowning me!

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I really love the pleats in the skirt, they are so pretty!

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Here is a close up of that beautiful print and a belt that Mary made out of the fabric that we had taken off the dress.

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I am so pleased with how this turned out I had to do the dress twirl of happiness! And I am so grateful to have a friend like Mary who is so patient and encouraging in teaching me how to do these things. Hopefully this will be the first of many dress makeovers to come!

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