Twinkle Little Star Refashion Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

January 14, 2010

By request, I searched for a refashion frock at the Salvation Army last week. The survey I conducted a month ago indicated that many of you would like to see more refashion frocks. I have to admit, I like these because often they are less work.


Around New Year's I had been seeing many party dresses with tulle on the outside of the skirt rather than underneath and wanted to recreate something like that.


When I looked through the Salvation Army racks I searched for a dress with a little glamour in the fabric, something the said "party". I came across the dress (at bottom).


The material was a shimmery silver but the cut of the dress was hideous. Perfect for refashioning. It was a matronly faux two piece with no form except for the two spaghetti straps on the sides which pulled the waist to fit the person wearing it.
I bought it for $1.50 and took it home to think it over. I definitely wanted to try and go for the topside tulle look. So I went to the fabric store and bought 3 yards of gray tulle for only 30 cents a yard. What I loved about the tulle I bought was that I didn't even need to cut it. The length and width were already the perfect size I needed. All I need to do was gather it.


I laid the dress on floor and stared at it for some time. The skirt was so straight that it was very difficult to get an a-line out of it despite the fact that it was quite large.


I cut the top piece away from the bottom and then cut the bottom into two side-by-side triangles that made a rectangle using as much of the skirt material as possible.



I then pinned the pieces to my dress form but still came up a little short of an a-line on either side. So I cut out two more smaller triangles from my leftover skirt and filled in the gaps to make a perfect a-line.


I then sewed the gathered tulle to the skirt and the combination of those two pieces to the waistband. I had to take the top in on the sides. After I did that I sewed the top of the waistband to the bodice.






Finally I cut a ballerina neckline into the top and hemmed the skirt and sewed in a zipper. VOILA! A new dress!! Chan looks ready for a New Year's Eve Soiree.



I really liked how the tulle filled out the look of the skirt. I wanted a full a-line. The skirt underneath was not quite as full as I would have liked but with the overlaying tulle the look was exactly what I was going for.

All together I spent $2.50 on this dress. Not bad. See a similar one on Modcloth here.


Since I had little material to work with I'd say this dress would fit a size 2-5. Quite skinny.


Many of you said that you would like to enter more giveaways, but have various issues with linking. Of course, I want anyone that is interested in entering a giveaway to be able to do so.


Therefore, from now on, giveaways can be entered in three ways:


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88 {comments}:

caramelcreme said... Best Blogger Tips

This is precious! It would make a great gift for my sister!

Wishful Nals said... Best Blogger Tips

OHMYGOODNESS. i adore this dress! i hope i win, thanks!

Emily G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous!

Jilliebeanie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so great! Would love to win!

the shark said... Best Blogger Tips

That is totally amazing. I love the dress!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... Best Blogger Tips

This is gorgeous. Now all I need is to drop about 4 sizes :).

Joey and Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a friend that would look amazing in this.

Talley Images said... Best Blogger Tips

this is too, too cute.... you rock!

Diane... said... Best Blogger Tips

you not only have AN EYE FOR WHAT COULD BE but you have THE KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN...what a talent!!!

Kris said... Best Blogger Tips

you did an incredible job!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I say this about all of your stunning creations but this one is my favorite!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

That is just gorgeous! Fantastic job!! Makes me want to go out bargain hunting at the Salvation Army as well.

Oh I cannot WAIT until we get our taxes done. I see a dressform in my future!

HeidiGrace said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I love this dress!! :) You are so talented to be able to sew like that! Wow!
Heidi~

Ritsumei said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... what an improvement! (Though I'm nowhere near a 2-5, so don't consider this an "entry" -- just a complement!)

Ericka said... Best Blogger Tips

so beautiful! if i don't win, I will attempt my own. :)

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love the color!

Chaya

Rachel Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this dress! So awesome that you repurposed!

Suz said... Best Blogger Tips

So, so cute! I have been loving the tulle skirt look lately -- I'm actually looking at wedding dresses with a tulle skirt! I just can't get enough of the party princess look!

Shiriously said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! I am so impressed! I think this one is one of my favorites! Great work!

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! Perfect color for icy January!

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

You are just a genius - that dress is Amazing! It would fit my sister for sure!

Bree Johnson said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful i love the grey- so different!

Zachary said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the color of the dress. Ballerina style has always been my favorite. Your designs/refashions are very inspiring!

Tracey said... Best Blogger Tips

I love what you've done here, it's like a magic trick. Do it again! Do it again!

Sarah-Jo said... Best Blogger Tips

Look! now your just showing off kathleen!!! hahahaaha

your talent for finding the drab and turning it into Fab is unquestionable! well done xx

Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Ew, that dress NEEDED a refashion. Your version is perfect. Unfortunately I'm about a size to big to squeeze in, but I'm excited to go try something like this myself. Thank you for doing another refashion! Always, always love those.

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my daughter would look simply fab in this dress!
Linked up...
Cheers!

The Glass Hen said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is absolutely beautiful! I would love to wear it to my next dance-- no one else would have it!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, LOVE this dress!!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

That is just amazing! I definitely would of thought $1.50 would of been way to much to spend on thing! :) You have mighty magic powers to pull off that gorgeous dress out of that thing! My daughter would be beautiful in this! :)

Monica June said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh! That dress is absolutely beautiful! Great job! I would love it.

I posted about it on my blog here:
http://thechicboutique.blogspot.com/2010/01/twinkle-little-star-refashion-frock.html

And here on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/MJDiva95/status/7803635691

I would love to win this dress! Sign me up! I pray I win!!!!!

~Monica

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dress. After having a baby in August, I haven't really gotten to put anything pretty on in a year! I'd love to wear it.

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! I could definitely wear it at many different occasions! So pretty!

Posie Patchwork said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing, such a beautiful transformation. Funnily enough, just posted about my daughters wearing my wedding dress, school holiday fun!!
I'm about to start making them formal dresses (for the rest of their lives) which is lots of fun!! Love Posie
http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com/

kdalomia said... Best Blogger Tips

This is SO cute! How do you do this! You are amazing :) Linked up and crossing my fingers to win!

Hanna said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

This would be such a pretty New Years dress!!! I'd like to see it with gray pearls.

Genevieve said... Best Blogger Tips

love it!! its fabulous!

denise said... Best Blogger Tips

gorgeous dress! love the simplicity :)
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The Giveaway Diva said... Best Blogger Tips

omg how amazing that you made such a beautiful dress out of something so ugly!!! You have major talent!!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is absolutely gorgeous, you are so talented! I just stumbled on your blog tonight, and I will definitely be back! Love it :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

cass said... Best Blogger Tips

sew cute! wish i was that creative!!! love it love it!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said... Best Blogger Tips

this is beautiful!!
Sarah M

Anja said... Best Blogger Tips

Great dress!!! Amazing work!

buttercup said... Best Blogger Tips

What an amazing talent you have seeing the diamond in this frumpy shimmery dress! I am impressed.

Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't want to enter the competition but wanted to say I really enjoy your refashions.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhhh...pick me! pick me! pick me...this is so adorable!

gladys

gladys_appleton@yahoo.com

ApachesPrincess said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely lovely! It is amazing how beautiful it was when it used to be so ugly!!

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ApachesPrincess said... Best Blogger Tips

I tweeted about it!
Here is a link: http://twitter.com/PoloPony95/status/7843161106

countrystars95@yahoo.com

danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, this dress is beautiful! I would love to wear to an upcoming wedding!

Alissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, what an amazing refashion!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

what a cute dress! I would love to win ;)

~Hannah S.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

how adorable! I love it!

~Holly

Freedom Kezos & Chris Davis said... Best Blogger Tips

What an amazing talent to be able to remake a homely dress into something so current. Love it!

JBalloon said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! Good work! That is super amazing!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. Good work & very creative!!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! Pick me!

Stefi said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job! you have a great imagination for design! I admire you!

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness. You are incredibly creative, and what a wonderful masterpiece you have made here!

Sherlyj said... Best Blogger Tips

You are talented. I would never think to refashion a dress like this. Do you have an online shop? daydreamsinbubbles(at)hotmail(dot)com

brittany, steve, gabe and ezra said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow! i really love this! and it would be the perfect dress for a post-baby wedding appearance!

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

What an amazing transformation!!! I love the end result!!

Grace Wong said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this new dress, so much better than the old ugly one!

facebook post:
http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=415502750540&id=1311307310&ref=nf

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Bunny B said... Best Blogger Tips

This is too gorgeous!!
Linked: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2010/01/twinkle-little-star-refashion-frock.html

Sew Much Ado said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun dress! I love it and want to win!

WishfulThinking said... Best Blogger Tips

omigosh i wish i could do something like this :( how do we know who won? :)

Kylie said... Best Blogger Tips

You are wonderfully talented - you have done a fab job.

Have linked a post on my blog

http://craftedbykylie.blogspot.com/2010/01/twinkle-little-star-refashion-frock.html

Fingers crossed.

vmsb said... Best Blogger Tips

FABULOUS!! If I won this I would share it with all of my tiny, tiny model thin cousins - 3 of whom will be graduating from college this year - how perfect would this be??? THANKS

brissmith said... Best Blogger Tips

Love to win it! I'd give it to a friend who I know really (hearts) it. Susan

Jasmine 333 said... Best Blogger Tips

I ADORE that dress! You did an incredible job! I would be thrilled to win it!

Clare said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, the original dress is like a big rubbish sack, or something. I'm always finding stuff like this in charity shops and not having a clue of how to refashion it, so your transformative skills are inspiring!

Myranda said... Best Blogger Tips

My blog link:
http://faythfull4him.blogspot.com/
WOW that dress is SOOO pretty!!!
I REALLY Hope I can win it!!

Ana Celina said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous!
ana.celina.araujo at gmail dot com

Mari said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!
Please count me in.
marideogum at gmail dot com

Helena said... Best Blogger Tips
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Chase & Rachael Skidmore said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked. I love. Pick me.

Rachael
itssimplelove.blogspot.com

blue eyed night owl said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely dress, and what a beautiful color!

blue eyed night owl said... Best Blogger Tips

tweeted: http://twitter.com/b_e_nightowl

Dorothy said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful!

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

I am very impressed and would be so proud to wear it!

cheap r4i said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous frock!! So shining with net. I like this design very much.
Thanks for such adorable post.

Jeanine Juth said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Makes me want to get out my sewing machine again!

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Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

I am helping to host a fundraiser Oscar party and I need this dress! I could fit into a 5 but not a 2. Fingers crossed I'll win and it will fit.

Rachel Cross said... Best Blogger Tips

I A-D-O-R-E your dresses! You should set up an etsy shop---it's free and you can just put up a few things here & there when you have time :)

Kai said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm in loooove, this is gorgeous. *crosses fingers*

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Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

My sister is just the right size for this - your refashions are quite inspiring!

Dawn said... Best Blogger Tips

You are just so talented! I wish I could figure out how to do something like this.

http://sunshinedawn80.blogspot.com/2010/03/twinkle-little-star-refashion-frock.html

 
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