What a transformation!

I’m still in shock.


This dress is the sartorial equivalent of the Biggest Loser. Because it used to look like this


How’d my tailor work that magic?


Well, she lopped off the sleeves, widened the collar and removed the old-lady lace and tie-dyed appliques. So now it’s pure country-chic.


She also, of course, shortened the hem so it’s the appropriate length for chasing a Bear.


Not that it helped me catch him. That yellow lab is quick.

P.S. I’m going to be lecturing at Simon Fraser University so from now on I’m only going to respond to “Professor”.

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  • Reply Alinka May 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

    OH wow!! I love it!!! Such a sweet dress!

  • Reply Aarti May 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Wow! it’s amazing how you can transform things with a little bit of creativity!


  • Reply Annie May 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I NEED the name of your tailor…. I have a dress that was given to my by my (future) mother in law to use as a Halloween costume (yes it’s that horrible). It definitely needs a transformation like yours!

  • Reply aliciafashionista May 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Ahhh I’m in shock too! What an amazing transformation. It is now the perfect summer frock! And how perf that you can wear it to chase a yellow lab. You’ll be the hottest lady in the doggie park xo

  • Reply AmandaK May 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

    That’s an incredible transformation. I thought when you tried it on at dinner that it would never be possible for it to look so cute.

  • Reply Larissa May 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Blond Lab!!!

  • Reply a stylized hysteria May 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Woah, that it is indeed a major transformation! I love it belted and kind of blouse-y up top. Very cute!

  • Reply michelle elaine May 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    how much did your tailor charge you? and did you have to discuss it before hand or what was the process like? im really intrigued!!


  • Reply Chloe May 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Amazing!!! The dress looks absolutely outstanding. I gotta get to this tailor!

  • Reply K-L May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    In Shock… it is amazing now… I want it!

  • Reply MizzJ May 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Wow you really need to feature your tailor on here b/c they are amazing!!

  • Reply Liv May 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    wow incredible. I’m shocked!

  • Reply Prairie Girl in the City May 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    That is the most incredible transformation! Wow! You and your tailors could take over the world with miracles like that:-)

  • Reply Fifth Sparrow (Louise) June 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe how amazing that looks, so pretty! Perfect for summer and the biggest dress transformation I’ve ever seen! I saw that before post when you put it up and I just stared at the photo in bewilderment, obviously not a sew-er, but I didn’t realize it could be so cute! xx

  • Reply Bionica June 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    omg what a dress!!!
    your tailor definitely has it going on
    it looks great =)


  • Reply Searching for Style June 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Yes, please share the name of your tailor!

  • Reply It's Strangely Me June 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    That’s such a significant transformation, looks adorable!
    Love it.


  • Reply Kelsey Dundon June 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    ‘Tis quite a beaut, isn’t it?

    I go to Oakridge Tailors on Cambie. Enjoy, vintage hunters!

  • Reply alison*elle June 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    OMG, I knew it had potential! Now it’s the perfect summer dress… love it. You’ve definitely proven that I need to go to Oakridge Tailors. I plan on going tomorrow – yay!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Kate June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    So clever! Love the transformation blog posts – can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Reply J. June 8, 2011 at 1:41 am

    What a great job! Oh, and labs are fast indeed. I have a black one, and he is always the fastest dog around, so I know what you mean :)

  • Reply heather June 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Ridiculous, Kelsey! Love this so much.

  • Reply SLK June 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Shockingly lovely.

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