Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Altering Vintage: A Pretty Red Vintage Laura Ashley Dress

I am quite a fan of the brand Laura Ashley. I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that my Mum used to wear these dresses when I was a little girl and to me they have always seemed warm and feminine. I adore their large skirts, floral prints, poofy sleeves but I sometimes wonder if they can look a little frumpy when compared to todays fashion?

Their dresses are iconic and the modern styles are not quite the same as those designed in the 1980s so some of the vintage dresses are quite sought after in second hand retailers.

I got this beautiful red dress from eBay for a pittance price of £7.50. It has a gorgeous red and green ditsy print and I love the sleeves however it was just a bit too long when it arrived.

This seemed ironic given that I usually winge about skirts being too short!

I decided to take it up by a few inches using my sewing machine (a lovely easy task thank goodness!) and I think it looks much better now. Sorry for the rare glimpse of me sans make up!

Let me know what you think.

Any who, what do you think of vintage Laura Ashley? Pretty and feminine or overrated?


  1. I love vintage Laura Ashley but I agree the dresses are too long. This looks great x

  2. Vintage Laura Ashley <3 It's gorgeous! Nice alterations as well xx

  3. Nice alteration- and great that it's been done by sewing alone (cut-off alterations are the bane of vintage sell-on values and I can't help thinking today's 80s is tomorrow's 'proper vintage').

    1. Gosh I'd be terrified to actually cut it! At least this way I can just unpick it if I change my mind. Haha, I love the idea of 'proper vintage' the 80s was a great decade for recycling styles I often wonder if people will talk about the naughties/teenies in the same way in 30 years time.


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