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Upcycling a 1990s Dress into an 1890s Blouse

I recently completed a steampunk-flavored, not quite historically accurate, but oh my I love stripes 1890s/1900s-inspired blouse by upcycling an unflattering 1990s dress into a wearable blouse. (It time-traveled 100 years back!)IMG_5696

The original dress had an elastic waist, zipper back, pencil skirt, and puffy three-quarter sleeves. I cut off the skirt and used the sleeves to make new sleeves.IMG_5699

I made a waistband and buttoned back using scraps from the dress. I made button loops instead of button holes because I couldn’t overlap the back panels because of the pre-existing sailor collar.IMG_5708

Here’s a look at the original dress:

The original was so frumpy!IMG_E5469

I have some navy blue wool that I plan to use with the Black Snail Edwardian Bicycle Skirt pattern.il_570xN.1057503348_1n8f

I’ve used some scraps from the dress to make covered buttons for the skirt.IMG_5691

With different accessories I plan to use this with a Victorian bicycling outfit and a Wild West event for next year. I hope this will be a versatile blouse!IMG_5712.JPG

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11 responses »

  1. What a fabulous project! The blouse is to die for (I love stripes too!) and I LOVE the buttons. Can’t wait to see the skirt and the whole outfit together–well done, you!!! Happy Christmas!

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  2. Wow! You are so creative! Quite an impressive transformation.

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  3. Wonderful adaptation on the blouse. It really takes vision to be able to see the swan!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this blouse! I giggled at the “Before”. Much better! Can’t wait to see what you wear with it.

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