How to Upsize a Dress

I discovered a marvelous wool blend dress at the flea market and crossed my fingers that the slim-looking bodice would be wide enough to accommodate my generous chest.

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No such luck!

Thankfully, after more than few months of indecision over how to refashion it into something I could comfortably wear inspiration struck:

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Here’s how I upsized that bodice-squeezing dress into a fun, chest-fitting frock!

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A Darling Dress Refashion

In keeping with this month’s Refashioning 101: The 2 for 1 Upcycle theme I’ve come up with an adorable quick fix for a too small dress + a simple trick for camouflaging unwanted prints!

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Head to Dream a Little Bigger & discover how to create a darling dress refashion AND get rid of an annoying t-shirt graphic! (this tutorial also works brilliantly on grown-up gear!)

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My Baby Weight Dress Refashion

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I thrifted that lovely vintage dress a few months after my darling daughter popped into the world and it fit my mammoth nursing chest and baby weight carrying body splendidly well – fast forward a few years and my gluten/lactose free lifestyle combined with chasing an energetic munchkin around has banished that excess baby weight and left me with a dress in dire need of an imaginative refashion!

Here’s what I did:

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A Glamazonian Dress Refashion

I thrifted a phenomenal vintage dress and jacket set for a mere €5!

The only problem?

Measuring 150cm from shoulder seam to hem, it appears to have been originally created for a gorgeous glamazon – as I’m 156cm tall (in shoes) some rather drastic refashioning was in order!

Here’s what I did:

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Super Easy DIY Dresses

Whip up a few super easy DIY dresses and revitalize your wardrobe with some fabulous Spring style!

Raid your closet, sift through your stash, head to Dream a Little Bigger and let’s get makin’!

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A quick & easy dress refashion

Hmmm…what to do with a shapeless sleeveless dress?

Shorten it a bunch and use the chopped bottom & my oldie but goodie splendid sleeves tutorial to create a groovy short sleeved shift dress!

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A quick puffed sleeve fix

Puffed sleeves are the worst, ugh!

I was lucky enough to thrift a fabulous velvet & wool dress in my Scottish clan tartan when I lived in London & then it sat packed away in 2 different countries until fate had me inherit a sewing machine and teach myself how to use it thus allowing me to begin my upcycling journey & finally refashion the dress into something I’d actually wear:

Here’s my fast fix for those puffy shoulder lumps + the solution to a silly refashionista mistake that I make more often than I like to admit:

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An Ancestral Style Thrifty Thursday

My genealogy is fairly straight forward:

I am the product of an Irish clan gettin’ busy with a Scottish clan (or vise versa) hence my thrifty nature, pasty fair skin, light eyes and quite a few wavy red accents in my natural hair…

I was lucky enough to thrift a fabulous velvet and wool dress in my Scottish clan tartan when I lived in London (& then it sat packed away in 2 different countries until fate had me inherit a sewing machine and teach myself how to use it thus allowing me to begin my upcycling journey & finally refashion the dress into something I’d actually wear)

My Irish clan hail from County Donegal and the family Coat of Arms depicts a mighty oak tree. My Clan’s Aran (knit stitch pattern) has an unusual trellis centre panel, flanked by cable, honeycomb rope, zig-zag and moss on either side. The trellis represents the stone-walled fields of the Aran Islands, cable represents good luck, honeycomb symbolises work, the zig zag stitch has come to represent the ups and downs of marriage and moss is symbolic of nature. Anyone wanna knit me a something with my Clan’s Aran?

“Invictus Maneo” = I Remain Unvanquished and is the motto of my powerful Scottish warrior clan and pretty fitting if I do say so meself!

Tam o’ Shanter (thrifted) €0.10 – Tartan Dress (thrifted & refashioned) €7 – Tights (1982) €2 – Coffin Heeled Shoes (thrifted) €10.50 – Bracelet (handmade) €0

Total outfit cost: €19.60

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over in my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

 As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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Hi Ho Hi Lo – a refashion to go

When I spied Kristi’s quick fix for a dowdy vintage dress I knew I had finally found the refashioning key to unlocking the frumpy frock that had been languishing in my stash for far too long:

Here’s the snappy step-by-step:

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collared & sleeved – refashion that sleeveless dress

Make that oh-so-comfy tank-dress fit for fall with a couple of manly additions…

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