Sunday, November 16, 2014

80's Polka Dots to Vintage Goodness

I splurged a bit getting this $6.50 find at the thrift store. But I just could turn down the polka dots and the cut. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the dress!

Little tricky taking those before pics since the majority of buttons had already fallen off, and the rest were just hanging on by a thread.

First thing first was swap out the buttons. I found these red pretties from a vintage button shop.

Next I chopped off some length. Sorry no picture! And then I added piping everywhere. 

And I had a wonderful photographer and lots of fun taking the after pics. 

And there you have it. Thrifted dress $6.50, piping $3 and buttons $8. The shoes were a thrifted $6 and the hat was thrifted for $2.50. Whole look: $26.

Thanks for looking! Happy refashioning. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blue Havana Dress

I picked up this pretty blue rayon dress for $3. I love this border print but I'm a short and sweet kinda girl. So on to the first chop!

Getting the top to the right height.

Removing length from the skirt. Chopping off a good foot and a half or so.

My pup Alfie wanted to help with the picture taking

And my other pup Kiki wanted to help with the measuring.

Back to the dress! bringing up the bottom of the skirt to waist level brought the side slits up really high. Like Mid bum level... So had to unpick the slits and sew up the sides of the skirt. 

And Voila!

Thanks for looking! And happy refashioning! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Green Dress Refashion

So I started with this huge sack of a dress. Snagged from the thrift store for $3

Then I took in the sides.

Get the dog's approval before proceeding....

Cut the apart the shoulder seams.

Cut a V into the back. Little by little I went deeper.

The back

Trimming the front.

Made straps from the extra fabric cut from the sides. And testing the fit.

Added darts and knots to the front. Also a lining. Here it is all finished!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Add Polka Dots!

So I got this green dress. And nothing was wrong with it. But it was just meh.

So I decided to jazz it up a bit. Snagged some black piping and a bit of polka dotted fabric to make a sash. I make long sashes, my waist measurement tripled.

This polka dot fabric was rayon. For a belt that holds it's shape better use a stiffer cotton.

Pretty simple fixer upper and a much cuter dress. Got a boring dress? Try doing this!

Piping $4
Dress $3
Polka dot fabric $2
New cute dress = $9

Thanks for looking & happy refashioning!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Gore Happy

 So I started with this big amount of fabric. Scored for $4 at the thrift store.

Chop chop chop

Button swap! Red shanks are so much better. 

And then I decided to get complicated. It seemed like a good idea at the time. From the left over fabric I cut out gores to make the skirt fuller. 

And I may never sew gores again. 

Cheap fashion: $4 dress + $7 for buttons = $11
Plus thrifted $2 belt and $8 boots. 

Thanks for looking!