Monday, 24 June 2013

Shopping My Wardrobe

A Simple Charity Dress


This was the little dress I managed to find at a charity shop a few weeks ago. It was a great buy, but the only down side were the puff sleeves. I was torn about whether to attempt to make them narrower or to do away with them altogether. I don't often go sleeveless so dithered about this decision.

This was the dress before I did anything to it. The sleeves were huge!!!


 I then took the sleeves in a little, but I still felt puffed up! ( Excuse the face - I'd just done a full weeks teaching - not used to it!)


So despite my fear of bingo wings, off they came!




 If the cold gets to me I just add a little Zara jacket ( I have rather a lot of those.)




All I need now is the sun to shine a bit more here in the UK! Please!

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25 comments:

  1. I love how you changed this into a sleeveless dress. Very good idea.

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    1. I wasn't sure at first, but much prefer it now!

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  2. You look fab Claire and did a great job on the sleeves! Have a lovely week:)
    ~Anne xx

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  3. So well-done - this makes a perfect sleeveless dress, and you look lovely! Thanks for sharing your look with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thank you Patti - I am really enjoying it now.

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  4. Very cute sleeveless dress. Looks nice with the jacket too.

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    1. Zara jackets are just so lovely !

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  5. I think, it looks way better without sleeves. And I really like how it looks with a jacket!

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    1. I agree - and I love any excuse to wear a jacket too!

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  6. You did a good job! First I thought what a pretty little dress, a great finding. But now when I saw it altered I saw that it is more than that. It looks very feminine and elegant.

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    1. Thank you - I'm glad I took the plunge!

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  7. Love the title of the post, this is exactly what I've been doing lately.

    It does look a hell of a lot better now that's you taken the sleeves off. Not a fan of puffy sleeves at all. You look lovely.

    xx

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    1. Thank you - I much prefer a simple look - not into fussy at all!

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  8. You look amazing in that dress - no sign of Bingo wings to me.

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    1. Ha ha - they are there, but I'm working on them!

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  9. I love it Claire - it looks really fresh and funky! And what bingo wings?? xx

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    1. Thank you Jenny - I've been working on the bingo wings - cutting hedges has helped too!! X

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  10. The dress looks so nice without the sleeves and looks fab with the jacket too, I agree we need sonme sunshine in the UK, it is sunny here in the West Midlands today so fingers crossed it will last x Dawn

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  11. Much better! Less is more, clearly.
    I'll be happy to send you some sunshine ... we have plenty. Can I have some cool mornings and evenings from your part of the world, please?

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  12. That is a really nice look. I love the dress and platform shoes.

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  13. Love what you have done.....so clever! xx

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  14. I forgot you were such a dab hand with the sewing machine. I wouldn't have dared. But you've made it look great and the bonus of it no longer having the puffy sleeves is that you can now wear it with cardis and jackets without unsightly and uncomfy bumps.

    Fab figure too :o)

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  15. Love this look the platforms really suit it

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  16. Wow - never thought taking a sleeve off could make such a difference. Great move - it's a lovely dress and a simple classic. Would work in the colder weather too with tights and boots. Ax

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