Friday, August 14, 2009

Take your hands off me, you drunken fool~

Welcome to REVAMP IT,

I'm going to cheat a bit here.... Natasha's party inspired me to finally finish a long overdue project. I began this robe years ago, but my machine broke. I got a new one but by then the robe was lost in a sea of unfinshed crafts. Um... all I had left to do was sew on the sleeves!! GEESH, how hard is that? LOL~

These mosaics will all enlarge when clicked upon, just remember to hit the back button afterwards and not the X~
I found a red velour robe with good "bones" on ebay. I liked the idea of velour so that I could actually wear this as a housecoat for every day use. It wouldn't have the bell sleeves, but who can cook breakfast in those?
I added a layer of tulle, then hand stitched on each row of lace. I cut the sleeves off at the elbow. Then ripped out the stitches and unrolled the amputated peices, which were then rectangles. Cut these into ovals, then cut out circles in the centers. Added tulle and lace to those as well to make new sleeves. Busted a vintage red beaded necklace to use for buttons.
I was going to make a velvet belt, but lucked out and found a vintage one! Voila!

While you're here I may as well show you a few more embellished costumes.
This is Rose's Jump dress, made from a Morgan and Co. prom dress. I added beading at the underbust, rhinestone buttons, and sequined trim. I made an underskirt with tulle and added two rows of beaded fringe there. I then cut the overskirt at the knees to mimic Rose's gown.

Rose's tea dress made from an A-line bridesmaid dress. I first cut off the sleeves. Then sewed down the sides of the dress to make it more slim on the legs. Bought some matching green fabric for a placket in front and back. Made an overskirt with a dotted lace, used curtain lace for the tiers.

This is my next revamp costume to be. All from a $2 vintage suit. It will be a rather 40's does Titanic version, that I can wear more often than I would a full length suit. I have bought a purple tie, reproduction earrings, and found a gorgeous antique brooch. I have yet to find the right shade of velvet.

...And yes, there's more where that came from but I have to stop somewhere! If you'd like more info or want to see more photos, click on my flickr badges on the right.

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out the other REVAMP IT bloggers on Natasha's link!

Don't miss the Gone With the Wind Ball!
Get details by clicking my sidebar button or going a few posts back. Hope to see you then!


LiLi M. said...

Oh you look so 'Gone with the wind' in it! You mentioned that wide sleeves were not suitable for making breakfast, but I think someone dressed as stunning as you shouldn't have to worry about making breakfast at all. But I guess that remains a dream. I'll be back when I have some more time to watch your other photos on Flickr. Enjoy the party!

LiLi M. said...

Btw I just discovered that Natasha linked my previous post, which was an appetizer to the real party. That's probably my fault, I don't want to blame her, but what I want to say is that if you have a spare moment you can check my party post at:

Hope to see you!

Marianne said...

Revamp isn't really the word for what you do, is it?
Love the dress, just be careful that you won't get to Scarleted in it or you will be ripping the curtains of the windows soon.
Love all your dresses, makes my revamped little vest seem very ordinary.
Do you wear these dresses in real life?

Anonymous said...

WOW.... You are a seamstress like no others!! I think your refurbishing of clothing is fabulous!
Have a wonderful day!

Natasha Burns said...

Wow did you hear that clunk noise? it was my jaw hitting the keyboard! Seriously amazing.... loving to death that Scarlett O'Hara revamp, as well as the others you've worked on! Thanks so much for joining in the party!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You are a dream creator! Keep scattering joy. All are so gorgeous! Blessings.

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hi Nikki, well I thought I'd join the party, and I'm so glad I popped over here OMG such grace and elegants, Truely beautiful!!!


Marina Capano said...

Hi! Great post!


Lori said...

first of all, i have to say that i am just so tickled that you used "gone with the wind" and the gorgeous Vivian Leigh as your inspiration...that is my all time favorite movie...and you look just as pretty in your beautifully revamped is lovely!!!

Colleen said...

Nikki, your costumes are wonderfully, amazingly, utterly fantastic. What a wonderful thing it must be to wake up every day and be YOU!!!

Justine said...

Holy cow! Woman, you have done an amazing job on all of these garments. Just beautiful!!!!!

Justine :o )

Amber said...

I love older dressing gowns. So much more luxurious than the ones we have today. I'm searching every avenue I can think of to find one, but alas, it's been in vain so far. I love seeing all your repro outfits! Keep 'em coming!

Winchester Manor said...

Holy Moly! How fantastic your creation is, you did a super fabulous job and it suits you perfectly.

You're making me feel like a super duper slacker...look at all those fabulous creations of yours!!!

Winchester Manor said...

Holy Moly! How fantastic your creation is, you did a super fabulous job and it suits you perfectly.

You're making me feel like a super duper slacker...look at all those fabulous creations of yours!!!

Betty said...

Beautiful makeovers! You are certainly talented with your needle and thread!!

V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...

Gorgeous! What skills and talent you have, I'm SO envious!! Great job, love your work.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Such an amazing blend of creativity, talent, and beauty! Simply stunning!

Alice Regan said...

Wow, how talented are you? Just beautiful creations. I'm so impressed with what you can do with a needle and thread.

I'm off to see more revamps, this has been so much fun viewing all you talented artists recreating beautiful art. said...

Oh Miss Scarlett, you sure are clever!!! Such devine creations! Rachael:)

Anonymous said...

I admire your talent :)

Our Hands For Hope said...

I'm off to see the photos on flickr. They look great!

Donna said...

Great job, Nikki. Of course, my fav is the Scarlet robe.

See you at the ball. :)


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your costumes just amaze me! You look so pretty in them too!


Unknown said...

beautiful work! love the titanic one too! thanks for sharing them!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Fabulous revamping projects - love how you modelled all of them!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Oh yes! It is Scarlett! Neat! Great idea and great job. Love the costume embellishment idea, too.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Amazing transformations, and it's so neat to see other's getting to know you and enjoying your talents too!

Colleen said...

Nikki, my almost 88 yr old Mother, Dora, has written her thoughts on seeing Gone With The Wind when she was 18. Delightful, heart wrenching, tearful story. I want to post them on your GWTW day!

Niki Fretwell said...

Hi Nikki,
I am amazed by your talent!
I particularly liked your version of Rose's tea pretty and clever.
Thanks for your kind comments on my blog - it means a lot, as I hadn't done a revamp like this before and you so obviously know what you are doing!
Have a great week,

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Amazing! You did a wonderful job! I am looking forward to visiting you Saturday for the Wizard of Oz Gala! Twyla

Christie said...

That is such a fun post...and you look so pretty dressed in all of the different pretty dresses and outfits. You are prettier than the divas that originally wore those clothes. I bet you had the time of your life playing dress up!
Big Hugs,

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