Is it possible?

Could this be my frumpiest “before” shot yet? There’s some very close competition, but I’m gonna to go out on a limb and say this is the frumpiest vintage dress I’ve ever tried to transform into something I’d actually wear.


The surprising “after” shot can be found on one of my very favourite blogs DreamSequins, where I’ve written a guest post.

Thank you so much, D, for having me!

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  • Reply Nicole October 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    great post on D’s blog Kelsey! very funkified ;)

  • Reply dreamsequins October 23, 2009 at 4:28 am

    You’re so funky you could out-funkify any outfit :)

    Thanks so much for the guest post! I love it.

  • Reply etrapar October 23, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Oh, darling, I love your blog and Dream S’s as well. I’m so lucky that I found you ^.^

  • Reply Kristin October 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Just came from there. Fabulously fun post!!

  • Reply Melissa October 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Great before & after!

  • Reply sofiasophie October 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    much much better the dress shorter!

  • Reply nadia October 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    yup she definitely made it look so sleek and elegant and far from frumpy

  • Reply Niki October 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    wow kelsey, such a small world! i saw you in contra and recognized you from the arbutus club, i’ve met you there before with ted. i believe i’ve also harassed you for an internship before, through ashley! and now here i am on your lovely blog, tres cool. I like how you too like to chop up dresses and revive them. I’m all about similar alterations, I can’t do much more that a straight stitch so everything I attack usually ends up shorter and short-sleeved. anyway have a fabulous weekend! take care.

  • Reply Larissa October 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm


  • Reply mango October 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Awesome transformation! There’s actually a similar vintage-esque dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs that reminded me of the the first shot. If only they knew what more you could do with it…

    Do you do your own alterations?

  • Reply Couture Carrie October 24, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I rather like it, darling! With the right shoes it will be so fab!


  • Reply Cafe Fashionista October 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I’m off to check out the after pictures – I’m sure you’ve come up with something gorgeous, as always! :)

  • Reply hauteworld October 24, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I’ve already commented on D’s blog about this, but I must say that if I saw this in a vintage store, I’d walk the other way. Which is why you’re way better at seeing the potential of outfits than I am, because I do adore the altered version. But then again, that probably explains why you’re working on the creative side of things and I’m in account management ;-) Hope you’re having a terrific weekend so far!

  • Reply Denise @ Swelle October 25, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I love it! You showed that frump who’s boss! Don’t you find sometimes that the most seemingly hopeless things can become great with some creativity and imagination? Well, obviously you do!

    P.S. Your comment on my blog has me craving poutine!

    Denise ♥

  • Reply Bri October 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

    oh darling, you made it so cute in the end! (obviously). see ya frumptown.

  • Reply dapper kid October 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I actually really love that dress, the pattern is so wonderfully autumnal. Hope you’re having a gorgeous weekend :)

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