Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY thrifted dress makeover


When I go thrifting, I get super excited when I see a cute print peeking out of the mass of dresses. Most of the time when I pull it out I get a major let down when I see that it is a frumpity old thing. Well, I decided to change my philosophy for those sad dresses and I'm sure glad I did. Now, when I find one, I pull it out and add it to my 'try on' pile. When I head to the dressing room, here are the things I check for:
  • Is the top of the dress reasonably fitted?
  • If not, can a pleasing shape be achieved with a belt (I always make sure to bring a belt with me to the dressing room)?
  • Would this dress be super cute if I cut a little bit off the bottom (and removed the shoulder pads, in some cases)?
  • Are the other qualities of the dress appealing (like the neckline, print, presence of pockets, and material)?

If the answer is 'yes' to all of these questions, then I put it in my 'to buy' pile. With a quick snip of the scissors and addition of a belt, this dress got a complete makeover. (Plus, you can save the length you cut off and use it as a sash/belt!) I love it! Really, cutting some length off is all the time and effort I'm prepared to invest in modifying my thrifted clothes at this (busy) point in my life, but I feel like the outcome is great!

I'm really impatient when it comes to DIY's, however, and since I got this dress for less than $5, I've decided not to hem it. And I'm not going to feel bad about it either, ha - the raw edges add an extra playful element to it (in my opinion). If the fraying ever gets too severe, I can always go back and hem it (or not, you know, whatever).





dress, belt, purse - thrifted ; tights - Target ; boots - JCPenny
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22 comments

Anna G said...

Love what you did to the over sized dress. It looks so unique and adorable.

Julia Topaz said...

Love it. I must admit, I actually sort of like the 'before' in its glorious frumpiness, but you did a wonderful job!

The Princess Little Box said...

Awesome =)

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Teddi said...

the first look was so my so-called life. the second look is so my fabulous blog friend, indy, looks stellar! :)

The Jones said...

This was a definite win!!! It's amazing how much a belt and several inches will do...completely different dress. I've done the same thing when I've seen a "frumpy frock" that caught my eye--I've even worn vintage maternity clothes after a little adjusting!

<3 Cambria
jupefashion.blogspot.com

Sara S ♥ said...

I love this! When I go thrifting I'm always so sad when I find something too big, but now I won't be so discouraged. Belts to the rescue, haha! That burgandy color looks fab on you and I love that the dress has pockets. That's always a plus in my book.
Have a nice long weekend,
~Sara

Meg said...

You are so beautiful! So cute transformation! I'm in love with the after dress!

-thisismeandyouwillsee.blogspot.com (Meg)

Girl Lilikoi said...

Hi Indy, yeay first to comment. THe bikes was my faves too. You have and amazing blog! Love this DIY tips. The result is fantastic. You manage to alter it to 2-3 size down smaller! I also love to thrift, but I do not have a machine, only hand sewn, so tough pieces I send it to the taylor to alter. I have the same coach bag too in black and brown on ur denim daydream post. Followin u on gfc and bloglovin dear, lets keep in touch


Nuke
www.girllilikoi.com

Kultur und Stil said...

wow the dress looks great now! the pattern is beautiful!
and thanks so much for your comment yesterday, that made me find your lovely blog! I followed you ;-)

xxx Anita

Bea said...

thanks alot for your comment!
great dress!

http://fantasy-meets-reality.blogspot.de/

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

As you're newest follower, I want to say that I think you might be a genius. And I'm totally going to try (not well, I can't so worth a damn) this at home.

SoFashionistica said...

I just did the same thing to a pretty floral I just thrifted, except that lucky for me, I didn't have to hem it from the bottom. All I had to do was wear a belt with it because it was a little too big around the waist.
BTW....I love the color of this dress you found! Looks really nice with the florals!

Laura said...

Love this! This is pretty much my philosophy too! Especially the belt rule, because with frumpy shirts, you don't even have to hem. Just remove shoulder pads, add a belt and you are good to go!

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

Elise said...

Ooh love the remake! Print is fab :)

Style Sud-Est said...

Good for you Indy, i always buy stuff that do not perfectly fit, or too long, ect...
Lots of garment can be altered
This dress id gorgeous and looks good shorter

Happy Easter

Ariane xxxx

Kassi said...

Wow! That dress got a fabulous makeover. I need to start going in with the perspective that I can alter the garment. I just started sewing. It would be great practice. You look great and the dress is adorable.

http://theclosetintervention.blogspot.com/

Missy said...

Love how you did this! And those boots are killer!
xo
Missy
http://www.popofstyle.com

Nomadic D. said...

Excellent makeover! And thanks for stopping by and commenting,

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

wardrobeexperience said...

lovely dress... great diy project!

http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

Une parisienne... said...

What a nice job, the result is fabulous !! Congratulations
Kiss from Paris
Trip in my dressing

MissKate said...

so smart! I love it :)

Abigail said...

thats perfect!!!! great job, i love doing stuff like this

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