What would you do with these?
I got these “vintage” dresses recently and I don’t know what to do with them. I thought the fabric they were made of was nice and figured I could repurpose them. However, I’m stumped. First, the dresses are very small. Approximately a size 8 or smaller. I have them on a small size dressform and can’t even zip up the back of any of the dresses. I like the colors and fabrics but am lacking inspiration. I don’t know whether to just give them away, sell them, or take them apart and reuse the fabric somehow. I am even trying to think creatively, like perhaps I could use them for home dec items, cushions, curtains, something. I’m looking for your ideas and suggestions.
Dress 1: A full-length Hawaiian print sundress. It has a zipper back, facing around armholes and neckline. The fabric is quite thick and heavy – I think it’s a cotton with a slight krinkle to it. Not sure it’s “vintage” but it’s bold and bright.
Closeup of the bodice
Dress 2: Now this is a weird one. I didn’t realize until putting it on the dressform that the fabric is an acetate nylon mix. It’s the kind of fabric I’d expect in a lingerie item. Odd. But I absolutely love the colors and the print on this. I wonder if I might be able to recycle it into some sort of nightgown and add some lace to it. Alternatively, it might just be a great lining to a chocolate brown jacket.
Closeup of bodice
Dress 3: This is another Hawaiian dress, according to the label. This is the only one my daughter liked, by the way, but none of these dresses will ever fit any of the women in my family. The woman who could fit these dresses has to be very petite with zero hips and a small bustline. I like the border print on this and all I can think of to do with it is to repurpose it into something for children’s wear.
Closeup of bodice
So what would you do with these? I’m eager to hear your ideas.