12.12.2010

Another sweater dress...

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Studio courtesy of Urban Eccentric Vintage


One of the great things about knit sweater dresses is that if the size is just a little off, you can do things to make them fit just right.
When I bought my green knit dress it was just a tad too tight, so I blocked it, using a spray bottle and an iron.
This dress was a little to big, so I soaked it to get the dusty smell out, and then tossed it in the dryer for about ten minutes. It shrunk just enough, and even shortened it an inch or so to a length I like better. After the dress was taken out of the dryer, I put it flat over a towel to dry, flipping it every few ours. Viola! Custom fitted sweater dress :)

I paired it with a rhinestone brooch, though it would look great with some silk flowers for spring. A little tip if heavy brooches won't stay put on a dress: Pin them to your bra strap!

Dress-Stars Antique Mall

Coat-A gift from my Aunt

Shoes-Buffalo Exchange, Hawthorne, Portland OR

Purse-The Church of Vintage

Scarf-Urban Eccentric Vintage

Belt-Lodekka

Gloves-Estate sale, monogrammed by me.

Bow brooch-A gift from my brother and sister in law.

37 comments:

art deco dame said...

I love every bit of your attire and oh my those shoes!!

Sam's Hopping Stars said...

I am in love with that belt and that purse! Such a cute outfit.

Gloria Alex said...

i love those shoes, you can find great stuff at buffalo exchange!

Joanie Coyote said...

You look spectacular from head to toe. I love the color combinations.

Betty2Tone said...

pinning a brooch to your brastrap is such a good tip! I love all the leopard print with the red dress too!

Cheri Pinktrix said...

I love love love that dress! Knit dresses are fantastic!

Amanda said...

Super cute! I'm totally jealous! If it were forest green, you'd have my absolute dream outfit on.

Ilaria, Il filo di perle *vintage* said...

I really love your dress! and the shoes....WOW!!!!!

http://ilfilodiperlevintage.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

So great look! Those gloves are cute

-Sara
autumn, coffee and inspiration

northwest is best said...

What a beautiful dress! And great idea for making it fit. I'm planning to try turning a man's jumper into a fitted sweater dress for me, so I'll experiment with felting and blocking xx

Shady Del Knight said...

The stool pose is as good as it gets.

Casey said...

You look gorgeous, Solanah! Very festive indeed--and I love those green gloves! Love your sweater dress fitting tips too... I need to reblock a cardigan to a sweater ensemble I got this past fall... the skirt is the perfect fit, but the sweater is a bit too tight.

And the bra-strap tip--fantastic! ;)

♥ Casey | blog

Stephanie Lynn said...

This outfit is just too perfect for words! I'd steal everything you're wearing for my own closet if I could!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

pinning the brooch to a bra strap sounds wonderful. I don't have any heavy ones but if I ever do, thanks for the tip!

Gorgeous as always.

misc-maranda said...

thanks for the brooch tip! yours is super cute, i'm always a sucker for a bow :) i'm also a big fan of adding turquoise to green and red.

Kitten said...

Great look, just to my taste, especially combined with the leopard print...meow! :)

LandGirl1980 said...

I am as green with envy as your shoes and gloves!!

Bridget said...

I'm loving those gloves and shoes! So green! <3

Amaka said...

Wow that bag is so adorable it brought me out of lurkmode LOL! I have been looking for a cute animal print bag for the longest time.

Erin said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog and outfit posts. How did you monogram your gloves and of what material are they made? They look divine!

♥Music Fashion Clutter ♥ said...

Oh my, just came across your blog and I have to say it's one of thee best ever blogs I have come across and so glad I did!

Love your whole look!! xx

Kat said...

Your hair looks gorgeous!

Amber Apple said...

I love your dress, green gloves and shoes!! You made me want to go shopping today!

I tagged you today in a Christmas Tag at mrsamberapple.com if your interested!

Tamara said...

Well you can never have too many sweater dresses and this one looks divine on you. Not to mention the gloves, the cuff detail is adorable!

rosie-alia said...

Oh Vixen Vintage, I am in awe of your fabulous sweater dresses! I am STILL on the look out for one for myself! I will get that perfect dress one day though! xx

Colleen said...

I love how you're mixing all these bright colors! Also, the touch of leopard print is fantastic. I just did a post on "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and while it's definitely not vintage, there is a lot of similar color mixing going on. It really cheers up a winter day!

Emily said...

i love that dress! that material is totally my favorite, im always on the looking for sweater dresses.

jessica said...

genius! outfit and ideas!! thank you :)

Lainie said...

That dress looks like it was made for you! Great tips on this post-I will definatly be trying the blocking with hairspray trick on a beautiful cardigan I picked up that is just too tight in the shoulders! Thanks!

Solanah said...

Lainie, nope, please don't use hairspray, just water. Hairspray will make your clothes sticky and full of residue.

sueper said...

very pretty - and such a good hint for those slightly too big/small dress
keep the inspiration going

jeanine romo said...

Great dress and love the brooch!

The Church of Vintage said...

Hey! I recognize that purse! Glad to see you still have it, you do it justice.

Solanah said...

Oh I can't believe I put the wrong link for it! I have a muff in the same print I got from buffalo exchange, must have gotten them mixed up!

Will go fix it :)

Jayita said...

What a fabulous combination of bold colors & prints! Love the shoes too. Do you remember how much the dress shrank? 1" overall? 2" overall? And what kind of yarn is it? I'm looking at shrinking a v.similar knit dress but it is Orlon and I'll need it to shrink overall by 2"-3" so I'm wondering if I can pull off the same shrinkage trick.

Solanah said...

Erin, I actually have a tutorial right here!

http://vixenvintage.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-monogram.html

Miss Marie said...

Just discovered your blog recently and looking back through old post, this totally caught my eye. What a divine outfit!

And if only it were possibly to gently shrink/stretch every kind of fabric. Sure, too-large items can be taken in but there's nothing like that sheer disappointment when a beautiful dress you try on is just to small... Although, that is counter-balanced by the sheer delight and sense of fate when something fits perfectly!