Concrete Catwalk // Sparkle

May 27, 2011


i went to an event on saturday night where the dress was “creative cocktail”
and it gave me an excuse to sift through some of my fancy vintage dresses.
i LOVE getting dressed up!
this one that i chose is actually a size 16, but i couldn’t get over the sparkly woven look
and the fringey hem, natch, so i made do – and here’s how:
  • i cut two small slits in the front on either side of my waist
  • then i threaded a thick silk ribbon through (in navy for a bit of a contrast) so that it wraps around me on the inside of the dress to eliminate bunching of the fabric.
  • this allowed my shape to show a bit, while still keeping the flowy, oversized look of the dress that i love!
 i think this method would work on other types of fabric,
but you might want to make sure you can finish off the slits
(kind of like a button hole) so that the fabric doesn’t fray/tear.
might be a fun project to try over the holiday weekend!?
speaking of holidays… i wanted to let you know that i added a discount code
for the spice rack to celebrate the long weekend
shop today through monday for vintage goodies
with 25% off sale and full-priced items
by entering the coupon code “SUMMERSHOP”!
stay safe and have fun, my sweet friends… see you next week!
dress – vintage, thrifted
necklace – j. crew
ribbon – hobby lobby
clutch – vintage, thrifted
heels – j .crew

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  • Reply jennifer May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    super cute! love the ribbon twist

  • Reply those tricks May 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Ribbon running through the inside = what a great idea!!

  • Reply Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. May 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Creative cocktail does sound fun – have a great time!


  • Reply Tobe | Because It's Awesome May 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    was hoping we’d see this outfit . . . loooove it! was able to go to DIFFA a few years ago – what a fab time! ox

  • Reply Katie May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    GENIUS. I have a few dresses that could use this makeover. Sometimes it is just impossible to walk away from a great find that just might happen to be a few sizes too big.

    You look gorgeous! :)

  • Reply Kristin May 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    super super cute.. i love itt


  • Reply Kaleen May 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Very creative! I would have never thought of that!

  • Reply Melissa May 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Head over heels in love with this look! Way to go all “New Dress a Day” on the vintage size 16, too, with the ribbon. You look GORGE head to toe, as usual. xx M

  • Reply Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries May 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Loooooooooooove the dress!!! LOVE!!!

  • Reply Heather May 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Fantastic dress!!! And such a great idea to cut the sides and add the ribbon belt! I love it…I will try that next time I get something too big!

  • Reply Nuha May 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    oh the possibilities of oversized vintage dresses…loveeee it!

  • Reply Emily May 31, 2011 at 1:52 am

    love love love love LOVE can’t get enough of this look, especially the hair and makeup. And everything else, you look stunning. So glad you rescued this dress :)

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