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skirt: thrifted; blouse: vintage, thrifted, altered; shoes: “borrowed” from my mum approximately 7 years ago; beaded bracelet: world market; gold bracelet: vintage, mother-in-law’s when she was a girl


this blouse’s origin is probably the wardrobe of dynasty. when i first laid eyes on it, the sleeves were long and billowy and adorned by tacky satin trim, which also functioned as a thick cummerbund. i’m pretty sure shoulder pads were involved, as well. but i saw potential in the button-down back and vertical pleats on the front. the satin trim lines the collar and shoulders, but i found it considerably less offensive once the sleeves and waist were hacked off. i’m not a great sewer, but i’m still pretty pleased with the transformation. next time i’ll remember to take “before” photos!


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