Vintage Wedding Refashioned Frock GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

May 28, 2009

opera houseYes, its another refashioned frock! I had intended to post a new child-sized giveaway but the weather since Tuesday has been really awful. Like late March awful. Rain, 50s and neverending clouds. Today, it finally got warm. So I broke out my sewing machine and made a plan.

I found this frock at the thrift store. It caught my attention with its pintucks and blue embroidery.

It was of course, waaayyy too large for me. See before pic at bottom (this was after I took in the sides). I love finding these too-large gems. It's so simple to take-in a large dress, especially a sleeveless one.

This dress was originally sleeveless. But the delicate white fabric, pintucks and embroidered flowers reminded me of an antique wedding dress. So I bought some very light cheesecloth fabric and made elbow length sleeves. To add to the charm of the dress I added light blue buttons down the arms.

I raised the skirt by about six inches then sewed a light blue sash to cinch the waist. The size of this dress depends on how tight you decide to tie the sash. So I would say it would fit anywhere from a size 2-8.

If the winner of this giveaway also leaves a comment I will include the flower hair garland. I enjoy visiting blogs like {Frolic} which feature plenty of vintage wedding finery. Sometimes I think that if I were getting married now I would want to have a vintage wedding. They're just so quaint!

I want to thank all of you who participated in the short survey. I learned some very interesting things and was reassured about some others.

To my surprise the majority of you said that you wanted more tutorials! I would love to do these too! I will start putting on my thinking cap for some new ideas. It's these random thoughts that get me through the boring parts of my day. Sitting in traffic, waiting in line, lying awake at night.

I was also happy to discover that the majority of my readers use the highest resolution on their screens and have widescreen monitors as these are the best settings for viewing Grosgrain.

I also learned that many times my text overlaps a photo. I knew that this was a problem. It's mostly due to the fact that Internet Explorer formats my screen just a tad differently than Firefox. Sometimes it can't be helped because I don't have enough blank space between photos. If anyone out there knows how to remedy this between browsers I'd be all ears!

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We found this little church very close to my mother's house. I'm sure there are a million quaint white washed chapels in our area, especially Lancaster, but for the life of me I could only think of this one.

I could see inside though the windows and wanted to go in and take some good pew pics but unfortunately the door was locked, not surprising.

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I pointed out to Brian that Catholic churches are often open to the public. Maybe I'm wrong but it seemed that way to me.

Despite being so entrenched in the backroads the street that ran in front of the church was very busy and WHAT A SPECTACLE we must have been because every single driver that went by craned their necks and opened their mouths to see our show.
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I guess I can't blame them. I did look rather dressy but after the 40th or so rubbernecker you could begin to understand my irritation.

How did all of you spend your Memorial Day? As I mentioned earlier, the past few days have been totally wretched. BUT, Memorial Day was just perfection! We all went up to Knobels Grove and spent the day riding rides, eating food and walking.

opera houseI rode a spinny sort of ride with Lily when we first arrived and was sick for the next few hours. We started the ride smiling and laughing and as time progressed my smile faded eventually turning into a grimace.

I also had a strange craving for tomato juice. I think its because I've been spoiling myself with tomatoes grown on the vine and found myself miles away with not a tomato seed in sight.
Speaking of tomatoes I'm off to eat one.

Okay, I'm back.

I'm also watching 'The Office'. It's the scene where Dwight starts a fire in the office to teach everyone a lesson about fire safety. When Angela throws her cat into the ceiling....HILARIOUS!

Anyway, I know I promised a fabulous guest giveaway this week. I was hoping to post it yesterday but it has been delayed and I will probably post it first thing on Monday. So please, stop by to be amazed! No lie:)

I'm off to watch more Office.....

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this dress just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.
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103 {comments}:

brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love this! I hope, I hope, I hope I win!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

That is just gorgeous - my favorite yet!

Chellie said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! serious? That is amazing!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said... Best Blogger Tips

OK, now that is some serious talent...I might have to say that I am totally jealous that you can take something so simple and make it AMAZING...Im totally one of those people that goes to Target and grabs a T-Shirt (GASP..I KNOW)!

Awesome, Awesome job. I just love it!

Angie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful! I would love to win!!

Jolene said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughters would look so gorgeous in this. I wish I had the eye to see something great in something ordinary.

Angel said... Best Blogger Tips

Please please please let me win this dress, I'm getting married in three months and I still haven't found my dress!

Michelle Kuo said... Best Blogger Tips

Haha wow, I swear, you have a magic touch! You can turn the plainest pieces of clothes into something completely adorable! :)

Great to hear you had a semi-great Memorial Day weekend (other than the getting sick from spinning rides part). I did too, for once in rainy, rainy Washington, it's been sunny skies for a week!

Trudy said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so dreamy.

I also having a giveaway at

and my 8 year old daughter is as well at

Zarah said... Best Blogger Tips

It's beautiful!! It'd be way too small for me (I'm almost 6') but it's amazing...! (And the photos are breathtaking!) You do fab work!

Aileena said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, and I neeeeed it.

Niyyew aka Butter said... Best Blogger Tips

omg this is beautiful!

MYSUESTORIES said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it AND your talent!!!1

MYSUESTORIES said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it AND your talent!

steph said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful, no doubt! i hope to win!

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

so pretty Kathleen! the sleeves! cheesecloth! I so want to come with you on a photo shoot some day. Brian does such a great job on the photos too, but if he ever needs a break, I'll shoot for you and then we can get our wine and cheesing done afterwards. cheers lady, well done!

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Your creativity never fails to amaze me. What a beautiful dress!

Nuts To You! said... Best Blogger Tips

This is lovely! I love white, even though it is so impractical, especially with young children!

military76brat said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a link on my website to yours for this wonderful contest!

Diane Shiffer said... Best Blogger Tips

this is just as sweet as it can be!

i might possibly be able to fit my left forearm into it, if i really tried;)

you are just inspiringly creative.. now spellcheck says that "inspiringly" isn't a word, but i beg to differ♥

Joe, Christina, & Rocky said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is amazing! You've inspired me to want to sew - I might never, but I definitely want to!

Just a thought on the text overlapping the pictures - if you were to give each image about 1/8inch white border in the file, it would still overlap the picture, but no one would be able to tell.

jamiecasiano said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing, that's is really beautiful. I really love the blue on the dress, the little flowers and the sash.

Terri said... Best Blogger Tips

I am going thrift shopping to look for large dresses this weekend, I mean it! You have inspired me!

Oh, and could there be a reason for this combo of queasiness and cravings? Is there something you're not telling us? :)

I would love to win this dress, but I cannot keep white clean to save my life (and I'm a nurse - you'd think I'd have it down after 12 years), so I shall not enter this giveaway, but the dress is lovely!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply breathtaking! That's it! I'm getting my sewing machine fixed!!!

Amy Millward said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress is so sweet. I love it, and I hope I win!

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted your link. LOVE IT!

Kiran said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love love this dress! Perfect for a country wedding!

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

You are one incredibly talented woman! I wish I had half your imagination!

(It's too small for any of the gals in my life, so don't enter my name.)

Thanks for sharing!

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

Once again, stunning. I really wish I had your gift for seeing potential in the most unlikely of garments. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, now that is gorgeous!!

I like to post directly from my blog. Does it still count as a link even if I don't use the button here?

Maggie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the most perfect dress for my sister who will (hopefully) be getting married at the end of the summer. Her personality and style totally goes with this dress to a tee! I hope hope hope I can win this for her!

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Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Love when you ReFashion! Link love coming your way!

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips

I cannot believe the difference between the original and the end product! So lovely, light, and elegant!

jt said... Best Blogger Tips

seriously so pretty. wow.

Malisa said... Best Blogger Tips

Being a novice at sewing, I truly find your pieces inspiring. You definitely have a talent and I am always amazed at the things you come up with. I look forward to seeing what kind of tutorials you will have.

Fiona said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this!

Terri said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, Terri again, and I've changed my mind. I love that dress so much that I really do want to try to win. I'll wrap myselg in plastic wrap, or something, to keep it clean! :)Creatung a link now.

Rachel Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! Cool site I just stumbled upon!

Mimmy said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog for the first time today and I'm hooked already. It is charming as well as very informative. Thank you for sharing you knowledge with us. I've linked to your blog and added you to my list. If you get a chance to come visit my blog I could sure use the followers. I'm building a new blog and in spite of the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing I'm having fun and would like to make a success of this if I can.

God Bless,
Mimmy aka Joyce Smith

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could buy Grosgrain- Fabulous-Goggles so that when I looked at okay things I could see their amazing refashioned potential like you! This dress is beautiful...wish I may, wish I might...

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely beautiful! Crossing fingers and toes! =D

Angie said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked it!

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, I linked it and I am commenting (again)!!
Fingers crossed!!!

xoxo, Chloe said... Best Blogger Tips

I want that dress so bad :) It is the kind of dress that they don't sell in stores!

Candylei said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to win this dress. Great photos and sewing!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. That is sooooo pretty! I am reallllllly wanting to win this one.

squirt mcgurt said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful.. i absolutely love it... i put al your stuff on my blog its wonderful

Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

OMGoodness!!!! I wish I could win that! Today is my birthday and I turned 14! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Enter me!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this Dress. Love your style I hope I win!!!

Rachelle @ Aud and Crafts said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so beautiful.... I can't get over it. I totally agree with what you said about having a more vintage wedding if I did it over (or if we renew our vows someday.) I'm in awe of this dress, your creativness, and your photography. It's all so beautiful.

Now I'll just hope that I win this beautiful dress and can take pictures of my own in it!!

Dogmom Diva said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just beautiful, I would be honored to win it..

Dogmom Diva said... Best Blogger Tips

Here is a link to my blog that I linked your blog to

rainydaytoys said... Best Blogger Tips

Anyone of my grandaughters would love this dress.

S.L.North said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous refashion!
I love what you did with the dress.
I would love to win this dress.
It's lovely!

littlechrissy said... Best Blogger Tips

Golly you are talented. This is just beautiful - especially the lovely buttons on the sleeves

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty dress -- I love the sleeves you added. It's so summery!

throuthehaze said... Best Blogger Tips

gorgeous!!! i posted the link

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said... Best Blogger Tips

Is it my turn to win yet? I've been oh, SO patient!!

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my first visit to Grosgain. Love the dress. Hope I win.

Inside Out said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it.

Lucy C said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, the create a link button wasn't working for me, but I've just blogged about it here {}

The dressing is stunning. I think I will have my fingers crossed from now until you pick a winner :)

IPullPrints said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! If I win, I may finally marry my fiancee!


mia said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely, lovely dress!

Sweetpea4kids said... Best Blogger Tips

Just so pretty, I love this

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

Another beauty. I love your sewing! My husband and I love to watch that scene from The Office over and over again. It's hilarious.

Lyd said... Best Blogger Tips

just lovely!
would Love to win this!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh lovely =) *fingers crossed* Ive created a link for this one. I wish I could refashion or sew clothes like this...

Darla: Retro Ways said... Best Blogger Tips

Super pretty I love the button details.

Simply Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, that is just beautiful!! I have a blog post all set up for to advertise, so I please add me to the drawing! Your stuff is so inspiring! Thanks for posting!

Tiffany McDonald

karin said... Best Blogger Tips

Just wanted to let you know I love your site and put one of your pictures and a link to here on my blog. Hope that's oke. Keep up with the good work! You are very inspiring.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

wow - I love how you re-invented this dress.

K said... Best Blogger Tips

If I win this, I'm going to convince my husband to renew our vows!

Hosanna said... Best Blogger Tips

I had a vintage wedding a year and a half ago; it was wonderful. Even so I hope I win this dress! It is adoreable!

Jenn said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Britni said... Best Blogger Tips

The sash just completes it all! Lovely!

Brimful Curiosities said... Best Blogger Tips

What a perfect summer dress. Beautiful blue embroidery indeed.

Helz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... How Absolutely Gorgeous !!! Just visiting from My Giggly Monkey & Luvin' your Blog...

chelsea said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the link! You are so creative!! I just love this one.. but really I love everything you do:)

Lynette said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, I'm just loving all of your photos.

l said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow, you completely redid it
it looks absolutely beautiful

crossing my fingers?

ps. some diy tutorials would be absolutely incredible

Spool Design said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! Just beautiful!

shallow water said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love the buttons down the sleeves! So great!

I entered here!

Clara Williams said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so are the photos. :-)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

i love that you see value in something that most people would pass up. That says a lot about your character. I love the dress the blue sash makes it absolutely delightful.

Jaime said... Best Blogger Tips

You never cease to amaze me, that dress is beautiful. I love your style. I like the necklace you wore with it too.

Katie Burry said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh beautiful! And it's blue and white! My favorite colors! How lovely! I cannot get over it! I hope I win!

*crosses fingers*

*prays a silent prayer*

~ Caitie

kendall.micayla said... Best Blogger Tips

oh it is so pretty it hurts... i love it! i think i want this kind of dress for my wedding dress.

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Penelope Nightingale said... Best Blogger Tips

I simply cannot think of a more perfect summertime dress! It's my perfect lemonade-sipping dress, so delicate and lovely, it makes my head spin!

I created a link!

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Tanya said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress and the pictures are just adorable!

MandS said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this wedding dress. It is special enough for a simple wedding. I hope I win, I would love to wear this on my wedding day!

Twila Jean said... Best Blogger Tips

i love this dress, even for daily wear. its so lovely.

I hope one day I win a give away from your blog for sure :)

Jeanne said... Best Blogger Tips

How lovely

Cajun Girl Living In The Mountains said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found you via Atomic Momma. How inspiring! That is quite a lovely reconstruction - talented!

Unfortunately for Memorial Day, I had to work, boo. It figures because the weather was nice for a change, lol.

chris said... Best Blogger Tips

That is truly a stunning dress!

Rebuke said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, absolutely stunning. The blue sash is possibly my favorite part!

Unapologetically Mara said... Best Blogger Tips

I am really amazed by your capacity of transforming that dress...I am pretty much in the process of starting my own it is really nice to see some examples of HOW well they can work out!

Unapologetically Mara said... Best Blogger Tips

.....and by the way...the sleeves are my favorite! So delicate and beautiful.
I promise to cherrish it dearly if I win it! :)

hannah said... Best Blogger Tips

How beautiful!!!

The Green Zebra Studio said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! How wonderfully creative you are! I just came across your blog and I'm hooked.

I think I saw a similar slip (before picture) in the thrift shop. I hope no one has bought it yet!

The Optimistic Pessimist said... Best Blogger Tips

I know this is closed but I have to tell you -- I was modeling for a photgrapher friend on Palm Beach on Memorial Day weekend and got the same rubberneckers slowing down to stare. Just hilarious! I was irritated, too, so I feel your pain. The dress is amazing!

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