Saturday, January 29, 2011

Project Restyle









I was so honored when Elsie and Rachel asked me to be a part of Project ReStyle. The challenge was to take something old and unusable (or just plain ugly) and make it into something new, and I had just the dress in mind! I bought this ugly, matronly dress at a thrift store because I liked the details and saw some potential beneath the shoulder pads and sporadic rust stains at the top. With a few alterations, I made it into a more wearable trapeze mini that fits right into my closet. I'm pretty happy with the results, and plan on salvaging a lot more of my old clothes in a similar way. Thank you for the inspiration, Rachel and Elsie!

To see more of what I did to transform this dress, check out my Project ReStyle post, on A Beautiful Mess.




79 comments:

  1. Definitely breathed some more life into the dress. It looks great.

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  2. Wow that dress looks really nice well done :)
    You look beautiful!
    Teenage Daydreams

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  3. Would have done exactly the same! The neckline definitely needed to be lowered :)
    Beautiful!
    xoxo
    Meg
    The Jersey Gem

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  4. OMG! I want sooo much dress like this <3
    xoxo

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  5. Great job Keiko! The dress looks amazing! :)
    Happy Weekend Dear!
    xxx

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  6. Gorgeous! I wish I knew how to sew--I would love to be able to restyle some old clothes!

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  7. muito belo trabalho de reforma

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  8. beautiful! that dress is awesome now!

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  9. Makes me want to dust off my sewing machine and go on a little thirfting trip! This is great :)

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  10. Wow it looks gorgeous, and really flattering in the after photos.
    My Heart Blogged

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  11. this is such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing it!!! Will aim to be more creative!

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  12. I saw this on A beautiful mess and was blown away! The after photo is so incredible, I would love to have a dress like this, and I cannot believe you were able to do it in 30 minutes! Jut lovely! <3

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  13. The transformation is amazing. I wish I had the eye for things like that!

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

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  14. You did a fantastic job with that dress! I find that it's such a great feeling when I turn something unwearable into something really lovely.

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  15. It looks beautiful! When I saw this on A Beautiful Mess yesterday, I was in awe! You did a fabulous job!

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  16. It is so lovely now!
    Well done!
    Lux
    http://luxbeaupre.blogspot.com/

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  17. Amazing restyle. That dress looks fantastic.

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  18. hair tutorial, please! spill it ;)

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  19. Erin vs. Paris: They're from a brand called Senso - from Solestruck: http://www.solestruck.com/senso-tina-black-kid-suede/index.html

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  20. Thank you all so much!

    Elle: Tutorial here:) http://www.emergingthoughts.com/tutorials/389-keiko-lynn-hair-styling-tutorial.html

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  21. this is just so incredibly beautiful. your talent never ceases to amaze!

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  22. Wow, you definitely inspire me to want to learn how to sew!

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  23. That's amazing hun, looks so pretty xoxo

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  24. Oh wow, you are really a magician when it comes to transforming clothes! I wish I had this kind of talent....maybe some day. I'm still just getting to know my new/first sewing machine.

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  25. the dress looks amazing, it doesn't even look like the original. you have so much talent in your fingertips!

    xxAnisa

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  26. awesome! you look like arwen from lord of the rings in this dress - so elvish!

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  27. wow!love it!kisses

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  28. this is fantastic! [saw it via smile and wave]

    very romantic and beautiful...

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  29. You are so talented. That's one of the most beautiful dresses, ever!

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  30. This dress is so beautiful now =) you did a great job! x

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  31. What a fantastic restyle! I love that flippy little hem...you were right to save it.

    I'm giving away a custom portrait on my blog this week (its my first giveaway!), and thought you might be interested...a family portrait of you, Bobby, and Miku would be pretty much the cutest.

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  32. oops! Meant to leave a link to the giveaway...

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  33. Beautiful "the after"...!

    xoxo, Grazia^_^

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  34. The new dress is really chic! :)

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  35. It looks gorgeous on you! Definitely suits your style. Nice work :)

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  36. i absolutely love how this turned out!!!

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  37. Such a creative project with great results. The dress just got a beautiful second chance! I like how you made the lacy front more subtle, and added some flair with the tiered skirting. Absolutely adorable on you.

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    much love.

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  38. This turned out so good - and is gorgeous! I love it - nice work!
    Much love,
    B

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  39. I love this dress so hard!
    Like in the I wish I had it kinda way!
    Great job!

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  40. what a great improvement! ♥ Love the dress


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  41. Looks awesome! I wish I could sew :P

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  42. looks so cute. youre so crafty

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  43. Wow! Amazing transformation. The bottom of the dress is fantastic! I love sewing but I don't have a machine of my own. Have any suggestions on a good sewing machine? Is it better to invest in a brand new one or will a used one do okay?

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  44. What a beautiful recreation! And may I say your hair always curls perfectly I am quite jealous!

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  45. The dress is adorable! You did a great job!

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  46. You look so enchanting. Beautiful dress!

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  47. Superbe ! Cette robe est juste sublime. <3

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  48. Always classy! Love your style Keiko!

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  49. This is sooo beautiful. I don't know how many times I've come across an item like that and thought, "with a little hard work, this could be beautiful!" but alas, I cannot sew. You did a great job! amazing!!!

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  50. Sooo pretty! I love how you reworked this into something romantic/modern and totally wearable!

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  51. Absolutely in love with your lace dress!!
    xoxo
    Luna
    http://pinkrockandfashion.blogspot.com/

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  52. i love your blog sooo soo much!

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  53. This is a fabulous rework. It looks so much more modern and right for you.

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  54. The result is beautiful. You did an amazing job :D I wish I was that innovative and skilled..

    Yasmeen
    Castle Fashion

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  55. Hi!

    I love the dress! A tipp for you, i just found this webshop: www.neklo.se

    they make remake chlots and sell secondhand from berlin!

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  56. You took something dowdy and old-fashioned and made it fresh and new. Love the dress paired with the black tights too. Great job!

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  57. Simply beautiful

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  58. Super customisation, j'adoore !!

    tu as du talent et tu es très jolie !

    xoxo
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  59. Wow that is beautiful! I love the way you restyled it! You have such an eye.

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  60. Wow, fabulous job! such a pretty dress now.

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  61. adorable result. your reworked dress looks so gorgeous!

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  62. You have such a gift. This is lovely.

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  63. Wow - what a beautiful transformation yet still keeping the history intact. Love it! :D

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  64. You saved it! Haha very impressive, you are extremely talented.

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  65. You totally transformed this from ick into awesome. I love the neckline, so much more flattering!

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  66. This is a beautiful project restyle! I love the white lace, so classic. You should definitely check out Bunnie Bee Jewelry. We take antique and vintage pieces and re create them. Our pearl necklaces would look beautiful with this project restyle dress!

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  67. This is the kind of dress that I wish to wear on my wedding... Cute, but not over the top and perfect to wear in any occasion. Oooohhh...

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