Thursday, May 21, 2015

1 Super 80's Dress Upcycled into 3 new Pieces

1 Super 80's Dress Upcycled into 3 New Pieces


I hope you all are well. I am currently covered in fabric remnants and thread, and loving it! I'm working on a whole new slew of garments, have one of my first little boutique retail deals pending, and I'm excited (and exhausted!) about what's ahead!  

Way back in September, I shared a couple of potential vintage upcycling projects with you. And as life happens, I didn't get to work on all of them right away. Well I did tackle this floral 80's number, so I thought I'd share the results! 


Below is the entry from my original blog post, the before photo, and the results! 

Ok, ok, I know what you're thinking, but all I see is potential! This is a before photo of a thrifted dress. If I were tall, it could probably be worn as is and look super chic, but on me - it's a bit much. It's also just a little confining to wear in it's current state. The print, however, is great - a rich palette of jewel tone florals that I absolutely love for fall. Transformation in progress...


I didn't finish this in the fall as I had planned, but I think that jewel tones are universally flattering on lots of skin tones and season-less. I think this floral transitions right into Spring beautifully. I ended up creating 2 tops and a headband from the remaining piece of fabric. It's pretty fulfilling when there are zero scraps from a sewing project. I truly hate to waste awesome vintage fabric as I always just have a small limited amount. 

Jewel Tone Side Tie Crop Top

I pretty much remade this piece inspired by the top of the original dress, but with a few changes to keep it modern. The shoulders and neck still feel a little 80s, but it's more sleek as just a lone top. It is entirely open on the sides with ties that you can secure however you like. There is a zipper up the back. I've become a huge fan of the crop top and glad that the perception doesn't always have to be trashy. The key is proportion and pairing it up in a chic way!  

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Jewel Tones Floral Tie-Back Top

The style of this top is a complete departure from the last top. It has an easy fit, with a gently flattering drape away from the body. I always let the fabric drape and "speak" to me. When I removed the whacky bottom from the original dress, I immediately saw this breezy top. I also added a few details with reclaimed gray denim and lace, and a tie in the back. These details help to break up the print and keep it from feeling overwhelming.  

And lastly, I loathe the thought of wasting even the smallest amount of vintage fabric. I was able to create this sweet reversible headband as a result of that! That beautiful jewel toned print on 1 side and gray reclaimed denim on the other. You can also fold it in half for a thinner width and a different look. 

And there you have it! I love giving old things new life, and salvaging great fabric.  Okay, I'm going to keep on keeping on! Thanks for visiting! Have a lovely weekend!


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Giveaway Winners and SALE time!

Hope you all had a great week! 

I'm happy to announce the winners of my Mother's Day Giveaway! A big congrats to Sylvia and Jill! Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter, and please know that the winners were chosen at random through the website affiliate I used for this contest. I promise I will do more of these in the future so please stay tuned! 
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Also, I've discounted some items in my shop up to 40% off! You can check that section out by clicking here: SALE

Have a great weekend, Happy Mother's Day wishes, and thanks for visiting! 

 - Erin

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A little Bold, a little Boho, and a lot Versatile - the Super Vests!


I can't believe it's already May. I hope you all survived your Monday! I'm staying busy, trying to get new items up in my shop. I have accumulated some great vintage fabrics for spring and summer and I'm overloaded with inspiration. I'm so excited about these 2 new items - a fresh take on the idea of a vest. They are uniquely different, but both so versatile. Mix them with winter layers, throw them over shorts (or pants, or a dress), or even use them as a swimsuit coverup! They are also both a generous one size fits most. I hope to complete a few more of these soon!

Gray Graphic Super Vest 

Denim Paisley Super Vest

Also, today is the last day to enter my giveaway! In honor of Mother's Day, I'm giving away 2 of these super fun reversible, and adjustable beach sacks, made by me! There's no purchase necessary and several easy ways in which you can enter! (only 1 is necessary):
1. Start Following me on Twitter @ErinElsie_Blank
2. Like the ErinElsie FaceBook Page .
3. Simply share something you admire about your mother or your most motherly figure on the comment section at the bottom of my previous blog post! (click here for my previous post of scroll down).

Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for visiting! 

 - Erin

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