From 80’s Meh to 60’s Mod!

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Sometimes it’s fun to make a vintage dress from one era look like a vintage dress from a completely different era!

Take this dress from the 1980s:

Don't literally "take" it.  Just look at it, okay?  ;)
Don’t literally “take” it. Just look at it, okay? ;)

It’s not very exciting, is it?  I saw several details I really liked, such as that lace front panel and the pleating on the front bodice.  But it was just too blah for a fun day of celebrating with friends!  :/

Don’t fear!  I knew exactly what I needed to do to transform this dress from 80’s meh to 60’s mod!

First, I trimmed off the sleeves.

Bye!
Bye!

Then, I plopped my new dress onto my form and got pinning!

Going for that classic 60's shell-style dress!
Going for that classic 60’s shell-style dress!

A quick stitch session ensued!

Just a couple 'o seams!
Just a couple o seams!

I still needed to close up those arm holes.  First, I added a few triangular notches to make them fold under nicely.

These notches will save you from lots of frustration!
These notches will save you from lots of frustration!

Of course, I had to pin & stitch them down!

See?  Those notches keep it looking nice & neat!
See? Those notches keep it looking nice & neat!

I chopped off a bit from the bottom of my dress, going for a 1960’s mod length!

Chop!
Chop!

Even though this tight-knit polyester fabric wasn’t going to fray, I still give that raw a nice new hem.  :)

Whirrr!
Whirrr!

It was so close to what I wanted, but my new dress desperately needed a bit more ooomph!  I had a nifty idea for how to make the top of the dress more interesting.  I began ripping off part of that lace panel, like so:

Rrrrrip!
Rrrrrip!

Then, I pinned & stitched it all back down.

See?
See?
Now we're getting somewhere!
Now we’re getting somewhere!

I cut a small section from the original hem of the dress and stitched it right above the lacey section.

The chosen scrap!
The chosen scrap!

I tossed on some retro shades, a thick belt, some fab wedges, and a funky thrifted scarf, and was ready to go!

Groovy!  :)
Groovy! :)

My pals and I had a blast wandering around Main Street for the SC Pride Festival!

We're a fetching group!  :)
We’re a fetching group! :)

I had a brief, but terrifying encounter with a giant purple spider!

AAAAGGGHHHH!!!!
AAAAGGGHHHH!!!!

Thankfully, Dan was able to protect me.

I think that neckline really makes this dress work!  :)
I think that neckline really makes this dress work! :)
Those sweet shades don't hurt either!
Those sweet shades don’t hurt either!

We even got to witness the musical stylings of the 80’s legend, Berlin!

Take my breath awaaaaay!
Take my breath awaaaaay!
But what do you think?
But what do you think?
Selfie Close
Selfie Close-up!

Cheers!

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