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How to make a Victorian D&G style dress

19th Sep 2017

Post written by Leah Topham, volunteer at Oxfam Batley where she helps upcycle the clothes. She's written this series called Rags to Riches where she lets us in on her DIY secrets, keep your eye out for her next post! You can also check out her last one How to make your own Upcycled Vintage 20' Cloche Cap


Everybody loves a little black dress! But I'm sure you girls out there have one hanging in your wardrobe that could do with a whole new revamp! In just 3 quick steps!



I have started with a plain black tight strapless dress and some old vintage buttons. If you do not own a dress to work with you can pick one up at your local Oxfam or Oxfam Online Shop.  And I'm sure a relative will have a box of old buttons you can use! If not, these are easily found in many charity or antique shops!






1. Firstly, I gave my dress a quick press to make sure there wasn't any creases before I pointed out the central line



2. Secondly, I started by marking a straight line down the middle of the dress where my buttons will be sewn with tailors chalk. Which will rub straight off with a wet wipe



3. Finally, I finished by sewing all my buttons down my line, to reveal a classic plain black dress turned into a Victorian D&G style dress!




  

Easy, right? Give it a go and you will see how everyone will be impressed about your Victorian D&G style dress!




 

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