Project ReStyle Week Four with Keiko Lynn



This weeks Project ReStyle is brought to us by the fabulous miss Keiko Lynn. She took a matronly lace dress and updated it into a super stylish little dress! I'm in love. 



Before: Long 80s dress with a lot of rust stains near the top, big shoulder pads and long sleeves

After: Trapeze mini dress with 3/4 sleeves and scoop neck

Here's what I did: I started by removing the sleeves and discarding the shoulder pads and rose that was sewn at the hip. I knew I wanted it to have sleeves, so I shortened them (at the top, to avoid extra hemming) to my liking. I had to get rid of the top of the dress, because there were several rust stains. I cut off the damaged area and worked from there. cutting new arm holes and a scoop neck. After putting the newly shortened sleeves back on, I hemmed the neckline – and it was finished! Originally, I was going to make an elastic casing for the waistline but decided against it, in favor of the trapeze cut. This way, I can wear it loose for a 60s mod feel or belt it for more definition. From start to finish, this project took me about 30 minutes – including threading the serger and sewing machine and winding a new bobbin. Plus, I was able to save a little old dress from its deathbed.

Thanks for joining in this week's project ReStyle. I'll be posting my favorites from the Flickr group soon too! XO. elsie


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  • That is amazing!!! I love the ruffles!! It is so girly and cute!! I wish I knew how to make things over like that! Every time I try it is a disaster!!!

  • What inspiration! The new dress is gorgeous, and it will definitely make me look twice at some things in the thrift store.

  • Very nice restyle. I’ll take a scoop neck anyday.

    <3 Danielle

  • That is incredible! I would have never thought of that! And such a cute end product!

    <3 Deanna


  • Aww I love Keiko! She always comes up with the cutest outfits!

  • that’s amazing! free people had a dress (victorian lace loves dress) that was about $110 and SO similar to that, it’s insane!! beautiful creation!


  • amazing!! So cute.

  • I want to go to the thrift store right now to buy a less than perfect lace dress and make it into a new cute one! Great idea!

  • There are some seriously talented chicks in this world! This post makes me want to make a thrift date and learn how to finally sew. Very lovely!

  • this is probably my favorite one so far! such a good idea. I’m going to have to keep my eye open for old lace dresses now 🙂

  • This is really inspiring! I wish I had these kinds of skills, but I’m sure at my current level it would take me much longer and not turn out nearly as cute. Love it! <3

  • So darling, and I’m so impressed! She describes the transformation as if it was a total breeze- I can’t even imagine pulling that off! Fabulous ReStyle 🙂

  • I love keiko she’s one of my favorite bloggers. this dress turned out beautifully.

  • That is stunning, Your blog always makes me want to run & get out my sewing machine, problem is I’m not really sure what to do with it:D



  • I wish I could sew, there are so many potentially cute outfits out there in the world!

  • Wow, that is an amazing transformation! She is absolutely beautiful too!


  • wow! i didn’t even know you could DO things like that!! haha!

  • This is lovely! The ‘after’ dress looks so similar to my mother’s late 60s wedding mini dress (and similar to the style I want for my own wedding this fall!). Love!

  • This is ahhhmazing! Hoping to become this skilled one day!

  • Wow, this is so amazing! I feel like being able to do things like this opens up your wardrobe (and shopping) so much. Hopefully someday I can learn this process, from visualization to sewing to end result.

  • Keiko is so pretty and talented! I’ve been following her fashions since the Livejournal days – I LOVE what she did with this dress, it turned out super cute.

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