Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - A Plaid Refashion for Fall

Thrifty Thursday - A Plaid Refashion for Fall.  It may be a bit premature to think about Fall here in Texas, but when I found this plaid dress at the Goodwill Outlet, I was itching to make something for Fall with it!
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall
This dress totally brings back memories!!!

First, I had to decide what I wanted to make out of it.  Initially I was thinking a dress, but I landed on a peplum top.  So the first thing I did was cut a bit off of the bottom. I set aside the part I cut off.  I had plans for it!
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

Don't worry - I removed those pockets with a seam ripper.  Whew!

There was definitely potential, but still quite a bit frumpy, so I decided to use the part I cut off of the bottom to attach to the sleeves to make bell sleeves!
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall
 I cut off a little bit more to make it the length that I wanted to add to the sleeves.  I was sure to save the orignal hem so I wouldn't have to hem the sleeves! 

Pinning right sides together, I attached the bell part to the existing sleeves.
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

And I got this
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall
Shhh!  Don't tell my mom that the plaids don't match!  

At this point, I tried it on as a top. The first issue was hem length.  I just compared it to another similar style peplum blouse I have and hemmed it to the same length.

 The main issue, though, was that it was too small and gaped open at the chest.  Most things I refashion start out too big.  That's way easier to fix than too small!  However, it was only a smidge too small, so I had a solution.  I knew from the beginning that I wanted to turn it around and have the buttons go down the back. So instead of using those buttons or replacing them with cuter ones (my initial plan), I just cut them off and sewed the 2 pieces together as far apart as I could get them.  That gave me about an extra half inch!

Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

After pressing and steaming it, I was ready to style it!
 Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall

Before and After
Thrifty Thursday - a plaid refashion for fall


17 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! What a huge difference. I was thinking how is she going to get rid of that gap between the buttons but you totally eliminated that problem. What a great skill you have!

    Julia
    www.whenthegirlsrule.com

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  2. You are awesome my friend!! When are you going to give me a refashion class? Let's meet for coffee next week!!

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  3. Wow, you have such a good eye for transformations! Adding those bell sleeves and turning the top around....genius. will you be my best friend and come thrifting with me?πŸ˜‹. We have great thrift stores in Los Angeles!

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  4. Um... You have magic!! This is amazing!!!

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  5. Just adorable! Love a good repurposed piece! #loulougirls - Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com/

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  6. I'm bringing all my old clothes over to you immediately! Oh my goodness, this is the best makeover I have seen in a very long time! Love it!

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  7. Wow! What a difference! From frump to fabulous!

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  8. Hi Amanda, Well done! Great transformation! Blessings, Janet

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  9. This turned out so great! Love it. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party.

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  10. Wow, that looks adorable and so do you!! Very nice work.
    Blessings for a happy 2017,
    Nellie

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  11. Thats brilliant, especially the bell sleeves. Did you have to alter the neckline at all? It doesn't look too high and sometimes I've found that when I turn things round the back neck is all up too high for me, this looks perfect.

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    1. That happens to me sometimes, too! Fortunately, this time I did not have to alter the neckline! Thanks for checking it out!

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  12. I love what you did with your GoodWill find! I even love the end result! Beautiful and it looks amazing on you.

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