Thrift Store Thursday: The Romantiks Frock

August 12, 2010

Isn't romantiks with a 'k' is more romantic?

I could easily see this frock in a modcloth lineup. It would be called something like Coffee and Dreams Dress (actually that's one on their site now). Wouldn't you like to wear a new Modcloth dress everyday? I wish I owned a dress shop so I could do just that. The storefront would be all white with wide planked white bead board on the walls on the inside, glossy black hardwood floors and black lamp lights on the walls. Very New Englandesque.

Anyway enough daydreaming, I saw this blouse at the Sal Val for $2 and I loved the sheerness of it. All the fabrics used were delicate and gossamer and nude toned. But it was only a blouse:( NO PROBLEMO!

I showed you before how I attached a long piece of fabric to the bottom of a blouse to turn it into a dress but with this blouse I added a little more. Instead of being attached to the bottom, it's attached from underneath at the slip. I also added a little lace to match the lace on top to make the addition more uniform with the blouse.
The piece of fabric I used to add to the bottom is gathered, with that new shirring technique, to make the bottom of the blouse open out like an A-line.

The colors were easy to match and were my favorite part of the dress because they blend in so well with the original blouse. I think a great idea would be to add something like this underneath a blouse. I just don't have the time.

I also took it in on the sides and added a little zipper in the back so that it could be more fitted around my bodice.

It's so flirty, maybe a little short but if you're on a date or....young....it's super cute I think. I wish they had dresses like this when I was in my early 20s. That was the Abercrombie & Fitch era. All polos, tees and shorts. I worked there for a short time while going to college and spent all the money I made back into the store....and then some. I was such a clothes addict.

.....was?

27 {comments}:

elise said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely and oh so very brilliant!

Thank you for the tutorial.

Elise

kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

that is insanely gorgeous! nice.

marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

looks great so fun and sassy. I love how the original looks like it would be something that was cuter on the hanger than on a real body but you made it into something fabulous

Christie said... Best Blogger Tips

It's beautiful!

Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

You are sooo talented! Thanks for the links on shirring.

Hele said... Best Blogger Tips

do you understand Spanish???

this frock is "espectacular"

I am impressed, I´d love to be able to be as good as you at seeing the lovely frocks that are inside those bargains

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! I LOVE the color of it and the colors you added. My friend and I are gonna have a sewing date soon...one that involves a thrift store and "fixer upper" clothing finds. I'm pretty thrilled!

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could go thrift shopping with you. You have a knack for finding the cutest dresses, or at least for knowing what to do with them!!

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

love it!

corvustristis said... Best Blogger Tips

The lace at the bottom is beautiful and (dare I say) inspiring!

inday_adin said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! It is a sexy dress now. :) You always have brilliant ideas. Love it!

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG this is so cute!!! I LOVE IT!

Christiana said... Best Blogger Tips

Sew Lovely!! Looks like something you would find on the racks of Anthropologie.

Christiana
sewamusing.blogspot.com

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

Madam, you are a wizard!

Jacinta said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, I love it! Great inspiration!

http://modelmumma.blogspot.com

Alex said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That is great!

mandiegirl said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful! I think this is my favorite thing you've sewn or revamped! :) It looks great on you, too!

Jessie said... Best Blogger Tips

You have such an eye for things like this. This is one of my favorite revamps of yours. Beautiful!

Hermione J. Schwartz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! =]

Ash said... Best Blogger Tips

i swear, you must have shoes to match every single outfit.

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

As a fashion designer in a creative slump..thank you for this burst of inspiration.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Ash,
I bought them at the Sal Val for $3! Looked like they were never worn!

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, and I love your blog! Hope you don't mind me linking you in my blog! (why would you mind? ;)

Sweet Peripety said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my! I love this. It is breathtaking, and very inspiring!

Gaidig said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love love this frock. You are so inspiring.

the shark said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally love how you can take something "ho-hum" and make it beautiful!

How inspirational!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the colors and the look. I was wondering...could you do a post sometime about how to add sleeves (even short sleeves) to a sleeveless shirt or dress? I would love some ideas.

 
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