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Nick’s vintage Borrelli blazer

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Nick has an amazing collection of vintage jackets, the only problem is they don’t fit! However, he understands that because of the quality of these pieces and the fact he could never find anything like it now, they are definitely worth investing in.

He started by bringing in this Borrelli blazer along with a knit blazer (that I’m kicking myself I didn’t photograph!) This blazer was just way too big in the shoulders and too long…

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Vintage dress creative repair

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This beautiful vintage dress had been worn to the Seersucker Ride in DC, but unfortunately the delicate silk did not hold up to the biking. There were 2 large holes on the left side of the bodice and this client was hoping I could rescue this precious piece. With such a delicate fabric, I informed her that there was no traditional way to repair this and it called for a creative repair. Ouch:

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Stephanie’s 80s dress

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Stephanie picked up this 80’s gem as a freebie in her building. It had a lot of potential, but there was no denying how 80’s it was. What I like to do on pieces like these is take the 80’s and trim it down to the 40’s. Let’s take a moment to reflect on how 80s this dress was…

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Karen’s tiny vintage dress

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Well, I already worked some magic for Julie and Nina, so I don’t see why I couldn’t figure out something for Karen’s amazing teeny-tiny vintage silk dress too! All around it was too small, the armpits had rips in them, but we both agreed that this dress needed to be revamped so it could have another life cycle!…

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Jon’s 1920’s blazer

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Modern jackets don’t fit Jon right, and he has found that his size in vintage clothing fits perfectly in the shoulders. Thus, he ventures online to various vintage shops, does his shopping, then has pieces tailored for any extra needed tweaking. This particular piece was from the 20’s and was in ridiculous condition (we suspect it could in fact be proof of time travel)…

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Dafna’s custom ascot

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The fashionable lady behind I Found That Vintage, Dafna, had this great tie in her collection, begging to be revamped. Dafna decided she wanted it turned into one of my custom Ascots, which is a little more modern with its angular lines than my Lady Ties. So we figured out how long she wanted the straps and went for it!…

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Julie’s tiny vintage dress

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Quite some time ago, Julie purchased this vintage number at Remix on Capitol Hill before they, sadly, closed. The dress was adorable, and she was hoping to wear it to a masquerade, but the main problem – it was sooo tiny! If we were to make this work we needed to get creative and add several inches. Initially, we believed it to be a lost cause, then I started blurting out different options, this one being the last, and a fairly accurate excited direct quote…

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Dana’s grandfather’s jacket

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The jacket was given to Dana by her grandfather.  Earlier this year, her grandfather sadly passed away, and she wanted to have something special made from the jacket that she could wear to the memorial service.  As you can imagine, this piece had a bit of sentimental value to it. She wanted a piece that she would wear regularly so she could continue to carry the memories of her grandfather with her.  Here is before picture of the coat, and scroll down to see how Dana and I decided to redesign it!…

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Dafna’s Buffalo Exchange dress

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Dafna seems to have a gift for finding amazing pieces at the thrift and consignment stores. This glorious piece she scored at Buffalo Exchange on 14th street. Even though it didn’t fit right, it is very clear why she needed to buy it and revamp it. Just look at that fabric!…

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Nick’s camo shirt

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Nick picked up this gem at Crossroads on U & 14th, and knew exactly what he wanted. As soon as he saw it, he knew it had potential, and asked if we could slim it and hem the sleeves to a cuffed short sleeve. I was definitely on board. Luckily since we were slimming the sides so much, I was able to do the cuffed hem, no problem!…

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Julie’s mother’s dress

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Julie received this hand-me-down from her mother–it was her prom dress from the 60s. It had an itty-bitty waist and was much too small, but between the fabric and sentimental value, it had some major potential. We agreed to turn it into a skirt. Julie mentioned how a co-worker of hers had a skirt with an amazing waistband. She showed me a picture, and I was totally on board because I have already added that same  flattering waistband to other designs…

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Emily’s vintage dress to staple top

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Emily has a great eye for vintage, and vintage with potential. One day she came in with this adorable yellow and white shift dress. Unfortunately, the bottom half of the dress was see-through. But with such a great pattern and those cute buttons, Emily was determined to make it wearable…

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