Dotty For Vintage

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

It’s time to reveal the vintage shirt dress that I mentioned in my Happy Thoughts two weeks back! I was supposed to show you that week, but with friends in town I had so much fun that I got behind on my blogging. Sorry aout the delay, dear readers, but it was absolutely worth it!

Back to the dress — this dotted wonder was purchased on eBay several years ago and worn only a couple of times since. I always thought the fit wasn’t quite there — it fit perfectly on the upper body, but is was too wide around the hips and puckered in an unflattering way when I added a belt. It was also slightly too long for my liking.

Afer much procrastination I finally got my safety pins out and by measuring, pinning and taking the dress on and off many, many times, I finally found the fit I wanted and got my sewing machine going. Lucky for me, this fabric doesn’t unravel. Yes, it’s so synthetic that it doesn’t come apart! I’d better not bring this on holiday with me anywhere hot and humid, as I’ll sweat like a pig at a BBQ… Or like Suzanne of the blog Suzanne Carillo who was “forced” to seek refuge in the cold vegetable room at Costco (read and weep with laughter — she has the funniest pen and an amazing collection of vintage dresses).

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

The first alteration that I did was to take the dress in from the waist down. Apparently, the dress use to have a self tie, as the loops are still in place. Starting just below the loops, I took the dress in all the way down to the hem, about 15 cm in each side. First I pinned, then I tacked, followed by one final try-on before I sewed a straight seam with the machine. Since the fabric miraculously won’t unravel, I cut a 1 cm sea allowance and called it quits. Next up was hemming the dress. It already had a 5 cm hem, so I simply turned this over once towards the back, thereby taking the dress up 5 cm. I hand stitched the hem in place.

And finally I got to the fun part — actually wearing the dress, which by now felt brand new! I kept the outfit simple and let the dress shine in all its dotty glory — I just added green strappy shoes, a green bag and a brown leather belt around the waist. Simple and chic, ready for tea! Yes, this dress makes me want to sip breakfast tea out of big, fancy see-through cups with my pinkie pointing towards the sky. Anyone who cares to going me?

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked       Vintage dress bought on eBay (similar, similar) // GAP brown leather belt // Vanessa Bruno thrifted green handbag (similar) // Dries van Noten green shoes (different, but gorgeous) // Snø of Sweden silver earrings (similar) // Armani brown/silver watch (this model is cool) // Unknown brand silver bracelet (similar)

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

Tall Girl's Fashion // Vintage shirt dress reworked

This post has been linked up with the following blogs:

Fizz & Frosting // Style Nudge // Sincerely Jenna Marie // Pink Sole // Style Me Sunday // Happiness At Mid Life // Classy Yet Trendy // Styling In St Louis // Two Thirty-Five Designs // The Closet By Christie // Fashion Should Be Fun // Rachel The Hat // Jo-Lynne Shane // Forage Fashion

  • You did a great job with this dress & it’s a perfect fit, not to mention so very pretty! I love it! X Allison @ http://www.thetallmamastyle.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much! I’m not half the sewer that you are, though, but I’d love to learn, as nothing is better than making something that fits you perfectly! xoxo Anett

  • Viva la vintage!

    • Totally agree! Thanks for visiting. xoxo Anett

  • Happinessatmidlife

    What a beautiful vintage dress and I love it with the green details.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!



    • Thanks! I love the dress now, too, after the alterations, and will get lots of wear out of it in the future. A cute shirtdress is forever, right? xoxo Anett

  • Dawn Lucy

    I love vintage and this is a great dress! So impressed with your sewing skills! I can barely sew on a button. Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Haha, the alterations on this dress can only be classified as simple! I’m not the greatest sewer myself – I prefer straight seams and a sturdy fabric. You should have seen me altering my mum’s stretchy “having-a-life-of-its-own” jersey dress! I haven’t sworn that much about a DIY project ever… Thank you so much for visiting! xoxo Anett

  • kristine

    Kjempefin kjole!!

    • Tusen takk, Kristine! Du er virkelig i farta, nå. 😉 Betyr dette at jeg må skrive to eposter i dag?!? Det skal jeg nok klare! xoxo Anett

  • It fits you wondefully now! And it’s perfect for this 70’s look that’s so popular right now. Great job!

    • Oh, thanks, Shani! It wasn’t very difficult, but it still took me a years to get around it it… Yes, very 70s and so easy just to pull on. xoxo Anett

  • Seriously so cool that you hemmed this! I love DIY projects. Also, really loving your shoes.



    • Thank you for your kind comments, Samantha! I love the shoes as well, but unfortunately they are not very comfortable, so I don’t wear them that often. But don’t tell anyone, because they are just too pretty to sell… xoxo Anett

  • Eva

    Hilsen Eva

    • Tusen takk, Eva! Kjekt å lese. 😉 xoxo Anett