Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Refashioned Dress - Hawaiian Dreams

This past weekend at work we had the option of wearing something Hawaiian or Denim. Of course, I love any occasion for going all out.

While most of my co-workers thought they needed to buy something specific and/or worried about what to wear. I felt lucky that I had thrifted a 1960's Hawaiian Maxi dress last year.

Unfortunately, the dress was extremely overwhelming with print and the location of the elastic fit me in an awkward location.

Here's a brief illustration of how the dress looked like before.

(obviously not the right colors or anything, but you get the idea.)

So here's what I did to fix it. I removed the elastic. I then cut the skirt portion off and cut off enough fabric so it would reach knee length. I cut from the middle, so I just gathered what I cut off. That way I wouldn't have to re-hem the dress by hand. 

I wish I could find actual before pictures, but it seems I deleted them long ago :(

So my 1960's dress went from an unflattering maxi dress to a more 1950's style dress!



Flower Clip - Charming Charlie $1
1960's Hawaiian Dress via thrifted - $2
1960's crinoline via thrifted - $3
Seychelles sandals via Nordstrom Rack - $45

Total Outfit Cost: $51

I think this outfit turned out quite well. It is defiantly one of my favorite dresses now! I just need to go to Hawaii now (;



  1. Oh wow! Well done, girl! I've got some ideas about models with embroidery staff, but I can't sew so I can only admire your creativity put into live :)
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  2. This looks amazing! I think you would look great in some of our vintage dresses :)
    Becky x
    Vintage Clothing UK

  3. What a super cute dress, it looks so great on you! I especially like the neckline ♥