5.14.2013

Thrift shop dress makeover

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Today I found this dress at a local charity shop. The fabric was ideal, and I've had my eye on a few $100 shirtdresses making the rounds on pinterest, so I figured it might have potential! It was only $10, but I had a $10 credit, so it was freeeeeeeeee! 

 Before: Auditioning for sister wives. 

After: Frolicking barefoot in the grass. 

I think it turned out pretty cute, I raised the shoulders, nipped in the sides, hemmed it up, and added pockets. Because what's the point of sewing if you can't have pockets?

Dress-Charity shop

Hat-Urban Eccentric Vintage
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54 comments:

Harlow Darling said...

Such an amazing transformation, what a cute summer dress! The Sister Wives reference made me giggle :P

Laura said...

Very cute! You did such a great job!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

DeeTech said...

VERY nice!

DeeTech said...

VERY nice!

Rosariummm said...

So cute I need to do this!

Abbi Jane said...

Teehehe!

When my older sisters were my age (actually a few years younger than me) they kind of lived in jumper style, ankle length dresses. Especially from Brynn Connely. That transformation is genius. Good eye :)

revolvingstyle said...

Ah! This made me smile. I love it :)

art deco dame said...

Cute!This is where I kick myself for not learning to sew better.

Sammi said...

I love this!!! The end result is absolutely adorable (and yes to the pockets!!!) and perfect for summer. The "before" is extremely Sister Wives, hehe. Love it! I am envious of your skills!

xox Sammi
www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

Me said...

Fantastic job! I'm inspired to finally pull out the sewing machine I bought months ago and have yet to use...

Rebecca said...

what a deal what a steal! and man i love the transformations. super cute! great job

VintageDanielle said...

Adorable transformation! I've seen many dresses like the before and wish I had the skills to redo.

JohnG said...

Awesome, as always. "Before" is strongly reminding me of Natalie Merchant back in her 10,000 Maniacs days.

MarieBayArea said...

Score!

Toni-Louise said...

Brilliant! Really amazing transformation, looks so lovely xx

Helen Le Caplain said...

Ooh it looks lovely (especially the pockets) :)and it was free? Win win!

www.mancunianvintage.com

beate grigutsch said...

nice job!
funnily the fabric looks like the army sheets in the GDR.... :-)

Jessica Cangiano said...

Seriously fantastic job! I love your resourcefulness and the design you went with here. The pocket placement couldn't be any more perfect. Wonderful work, sweet gal!

♥ Jessica

Incendiary Blonde said...

You did a great job! The perfect, comfortable, summer day dress.

thescreensiren.com said...

What a great dress makeover! And I think all dresses should have pockets!
xx
http://thescreensiren.com

alittlevintagestory said...

What a great make-over, such hidden treasures can be unearthed with just a good eye and a little bit of sewing magic.

mel said...

That's why I love sewing <3
Really nice transformation!!

The Boyer Family said...

Very cute! I am going to have to keep this in mind for future refashions!

Brigid
The Middle Sister and Singer

Foxburrow Vintage said...

Wow you did a great job!

Bunny Moreno said...

Super cute! I cannot wait to learn how to sew-gahhhhhhhhh the things one can do hehe xox

The Boyer Family said...

Perfect!! Now I need to keep my eye out for those types of re-makables at thrift stores...

-Charlotte
boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

Ms.Tips said...

Love this post!! Pockets are must:)

Fiona said...

Adorable restyle! Especially the pockets!

Dulcie Emerson said...

This is so clever! I am now feeling very inspired and can't wait to attempt the same transformation on a charity shop find! :-) x

Lucy Nation said...

Stunning transformation. Love the 'after' pic. Although, there is something quite early nineties grunge about the original length :)

Crystal Lee said...

Much cuter after you worked your sewing magic. I really need to sew more often (not that I'm as skilled as you are). Thanks for the inspiration.

Naomi said...

Looks incredible!

The Occasional Indulgence

Teresa said...

LOVE IT and I agree 100% about the pockets!

BaronessVonVintage said...

Brilliant! SO much cuter now!!

Kim Campbell said...

What a great find and makeover! I agree, much cuter after your redo.

liliesandremains said...

I love the first picture so much, I can't stop giggling. A perfect transformation, especially in the waist! Plus, pockets are alwaysthebest. Hooray Solanah!

xox Sara

Kristian said...

Impressive!

KristiMcMurry said...

LOVE it! I admire people who can transform old frumpy pieces like this. You did an amazing job :) And the "auditioning for Sister Wives" comment made me chuckle. haha

laura redburn // cardboardcities said...

absolutely love how it turned out! the fabric looks so very nice too!

Madalynne said...

wow! what a transformation. It looks amazing!

Andi B. Goode said...

Wow! What a makeover. It looks so incredibly cute, now.

Kańćenka said...

Wow! Good job!

Olivia said...

I think I need to do a better job of looking for potential thrift store refashioning projects, I can never seem to find anything that looks as though it could be nicely transformed. This is inspiring, thank you for sharing!

Alice Hunt said...

So clever, I need to get me some sewing skillz. I keep thrifting bits and pieces with 'potential', but not knowing where to start. Maybe the key is actually: starting?

love your work,
http://inregardstoalice.blogspot.com.au/

Charlotte said...

I love this so much!

Becca said...

Wow! Great refashion. I love that you added pockets. It's so cute!

Constantly Alice said...

Ba-ha-ha! "Auditioning for Sister Wives". Love it ;) It's adorable!

Melinda Ledbetter said...

What'a cute transformation. I wish I knew how to sew.

luckylucille said...

Well done! Sometimes it's hard to see the potential in thrift shop finds but you clearly had a plan for this one. The outcome is amazing! What a perfect summer dress :)

Sarah Dee said...

I LOVE the pockets :) and I'm not gonna lie. The before description had me rolling around laughing. Are you gonna be a sister wife Solanah ;P

x dotti dee

p.s. I'm a week behind on reading blog posts *facepalm*

Emily Raphael said...

That's fantastic! I need to be more open to those types of dresses when thrifting. Thanks for the inspiration.
-Emily
11shakes.blogspot.com

emily marlow said...

what a lovely rework of a vintage dress
more people should be as crafty as you!

emily
http://whatemilywears.blogspot.co.uk/

jessicaletchford.com said...

Oooh, I like it! Now, did I give away that old dress or is it still with the dress ups?

Sandra Quitzimouche said...

amazing transformation! now i totally need to learn how to sew...