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The Branch Division Dress

January 26, 2012

Hop on over to the Sew Weekly to find out how I turned this

into this

Swayback issues are sometimes overlooked for the sake of upcycling & thrifting.

And yes, I did insist on posing outside for way too long in 23° F. After all, we’d just come from a gorgeous Russian film. And after a point, you don’t really feel the cold. Until you begin to thaw.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhonda permalink
    January 26, 2012 12:03 pm

    i love this on you…. gorgeous … you did such a good job of transforming it

  2. January 26, 2012 12:05 pm

    Lovely work- you have given new life to that.

  3. January 26, 2012 12:29 pm

    It looks sooooo good! And you look like a model! :)

    • January 28, 2012 5:29 pm

      Haha… I always think I look angry. Or derfy if I smile.

  4. Sarah permalink
    January 26, 2012 12:44 pm

    I LOVE that dress! It looks amazing on you! Your butt looks especially fantastic in it, I must say.

  5. cassandra permalink
    January 26, 2012 2:02 pm

    Incredible. You made a rather hideous set of separates into a phenomenal dress. Amazing!

    • January 28, 2012 5:31 pm

      Thanks :) Yeah, they were pretty dreadful on the rack, but I could get over the stripes.

  6. January 26, 2012 3:01 pm

    Wow, very cool! Did you draft it yourself? I love the stripes going in different directions and the tab/belt thing! :)

    • January 28, 2012 5:33 pm

      Well… if staring and plotting and trying on counts as drafting! I don’t know real pattern drafting. Yet. So I just went with the pieces as they were, trying to make the most of them.

  7. January 26, 2012 3:23 pm

    Wow, that’s super cool. The stripes look so good on the bias tape, love that you kept the chevron on the skirt. And the little buttons, never would have crossed my mind to do something like that.

    • January 28, 2012 5:34 pm

      Necessity is the mother, I suppose. There was just so much gaping, but above the bust. No room below or beside for a dart.

  8. January 26, 2012 6:12 pm

    You are just one hot hot lady in the cold snow!!! What an amazing transformation!!! Absolutely breathtaking!!

    • January 28, 2012 5:35 pm

      Haha! My breath was certainly taken after a few minutes in that park!

  9. January 27, 2012 2:08 am

    Wow! You really turned the drab into fab! The transformation is unbelievable. Well done, you!

  10. January 27, 2012 11:38 am

    That is some serious sewing skills! Nice transformation and so pretty on you.

  11. January 27, 2012 12:23 pm

    Oh. My. GAH. How did you have the vision to to come up with this refashion? Absolutely gorgeous.

    • January 28, 2012 5:39 pm

      Delusion, you mean? Hehe! I’m glad I waited so long, because six years ago it wouldn’t have worked out so well.

  12. January 28, 2012 1:00 am

    oh my word, this is so fun! love it.

    • January 28, 2012 5:40 pm

      Thanks! Wicked fun (as they say in these parts) to make, too.

  13. January 29, 2012 9:15 am

    What fab work. It really looks like something off of the catwalk.

  14. January 29, 2012 9:57 am

    This is fabulous!!! And I bet it was a serious challenge to make in the time allotted too- recutting from existing striped garment- you don’t set the bar low, lady! :) I love the suffer-for-your-art shots too, gorgeous!!

  15. January 30, 2012 4:03 pm

    wow… so amazing!!! what a transformation – you have some SERIOUS skills!! :D

  16. February 2, 2012 6:18 am

    An incredible refashion, I absolutely adore this!

  17. February 2, 2012 8:57 am

    holy hannah. that’s an amazing dress! how did you see it?? how did you know that dress was hiding in there? i can’t wrap my head around upcycling. hence the reason i’ve done nothing with the dress that i bought when i was with you.

    i love your photos too! you look beautiful.

  18. February 4, 2012 10:33 pm

    Amazing job. I never would have seen so much potential in that dress.

  19. February 9, 2012 5:53 pm

    Love this dress! Fantastic upcycling, I am in total admiration!
    I just discovered your blog, I’ll be back!

  20. February 15, 2012 12:29 pm

    Wow, this is really fantastic. A great example of upcycling.

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