Vintage

Restorations

upcycle nans dress kate
upcycle nans dress kate

Kate in her updated and fully restored 1950s dress

before kates nanas dress
before kates nanas dress

this is an original hand made 1950s brides maid dress made by Kates nanna, Kate wanted it restored and updated to wear to the first ceromony of her own wedding, i removed and used the top skirt in the restoration , the dress could go back to its original format if wanted, albeit with a shorter top skirt

original 1950s wedding dress
original 1950s wedding dress

This very pretty 1950's nylon wedding dress was in need of a lot of TLC,to be ready for a beautiful Greek island wedding it needed a complete remake, including new net skirts and reboning and I even added little satin adjustable/removable straps for all that energetic Greek dancing

1950's evening dress
1950's evening dress

this beautiful blue brocade evening gown has spent many years as part of a costume wardrobe and i bought it for a song..but i needed a whole lot of work including a good wash, it is now near perfect

original 1970's dress
original 1970's dress

original dress was too long and had belt missing so shortened and use fabric to make a covered belt and buckle

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1950's dress cloned
1950's dress cloned

this is a collage of processes ...see blog for details

damage to dress
damage to dress
1950s German summer dress
1950s German summer dress

this dress needed a total restoration, all seams needed restitching and used the extra large hem to cover a belt and buckle