Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - An Inspired Refashion

One of my favorite things to do is to buy dresses at thrift stores that are a great color or print, but are just too big or the style is outdated.  Then I re-make them, or "refashion" them into something that fits and is cute!

Here's one of my latest.

I found this one shouldered beauty at Goodwill.  Several sizes too big for me, but I loved the color!  And I had this inspiration...

I mean, who doesn't love Emily Gemma??? Photo from her blog, The Sweetest Thing

So, I got to work.  Since this was one shouldered to begin with, I had to cut a second armhole.  It's not pretty - I didn't even finish it out, but you can't see it when I wear it!  I also took in several inches on each side, cut off a good bit, and hemmed it. 

Here's what I ended up with.

Before and After

I am not an accomplished seamstress.  I wouldn't even say I'm good.  Maybe decent.  If you look closely, you'll see my work isn't the greatest.  That's one reason I love to refashion - it takes less time and skill.  The garment is already constructed and I just make some adjustments.  I have the best time doing it!  And even if I totally mess up something, I'm not out a lot of money (the cost of fabric is ridiculous!) since I just thrifted it!


  1. Um heck yes!! Will you make me one?!!

  2. This one is my absolute fav! The color and style are so on point!

    1. PS.... My Millennial friends taught me to say that­čśë

    2. Haha did they teach you "on fleek" ;-)

  3. You are so creative and gorgeous, Amanda! <3

  4. Awwwww thank you!!! That's so sweet!

  5. Looking at all your posts Wow this is amazing!!!!

  6. Wow. You are talented! Thanks for sharing with us at the Funtastic Friday blog hop!

  7. Ohmygosh I love you. ;) This is amazing, altho I would never sew because I love others so much and I would not want to damage their eyes.

  8. hallo---bin begeistert,so sch├Âne Sachen --kaufen kann jeder aber aus alt neu und dann noch so sch├Ân das kann nicht jeder und zeugt von k├Ânnen und Geschmack !!! Sie haben mich
    dazu gebracht das auch mal zu versuchen .liebe gr├╝sse Beate



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