On Instagram I‘ve often mentioned that I love buying vintage and second hand. It‘s got so many advantages: One can save so many dollars and the clothes are usually in good or great condition and quality. There‘s such a big selection of used clothes available and some pieces are really unique which is awesome. And it‘s great for the environment.
But some pieces, though gorgeous and of great quality, are sometimes not exactly 100% of what I want. Maybe the extra 5% are missing but can easily be fixed? Let‘s see..
Let me introduce: The Madeleine Dress
This linen dress by Madeleine (which I‘m not sure if I should call it vintage or second hand, the borders aren‘t clear here haha) I bought second hand. I looked up the brand and saw that their clothes/dresses are quite pricey, some dresses being around at least 80€ but most of their pieces cost 100-200€ or more. I paid 25€…
The quality is great, I really like it. A few things are a tiny bit meh to me but nothing that would stop me from wearing it as it is.
I prefer round collars and this has pointy ones. The buttons aren‘t bad but I like natural coconut buttons and it‘s also got no pockets. And lastly, I‘m not 100% sure about the elastic band around the waist but I‘m not mad at it, either.
Today, I decided to upgrade the collars and here‘s how I did it.
Before I start describing that I want to mention that I‘m in no way a professional. I‘ve been able to sew whole clothing pieces that don‘t fall apart and look fairly nice. But changing clothes is another thing and this isn‘t going to turn out looking very professional. But I personally like the look of handmade changes that turn out looking okay-ish if I can have it immediately. I‘ve also done this several times to various different dresses and I‘m fine with my skills in this. But anyone who is not fine with this or unsure whether to actually do this to beautiful and/or expensive clothing: I suggest you let a professional do it for you!!
It‘s not the most obvious change ever but I see the difference because I‘m such a fan of round collars ♡ I‘ve done the same thing to a black and a purple dress of mine and I think this little detail changes a lot for me personally!
Next time I‘ll swap the buttons on this dress and add some pockets.
I hope you enjoyed the post 🙂 If you ever try it let me know how it worked for you ♡