Dresses

Dresses, Dresses and More Dresses!! Big Thrift Haul!

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I have not had a coupon for a while, so these prices are all as originally priced, but I am still quite happy with my finds.  This is a collective haul from three separate trips to Value Village and wouldn’t you know it…it’s all dresses!

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This green Cynthia Rowley dress was marked only $7.99.  What a steal!!  The sleeves have slits in them and I think I can wear it in the fall or winter with boots.

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At only $10.49 this dress is a little more pricy than I usually spend on a dress full price, but I love the lilac purple colour.  It has pockets, yeah!

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This printed black and white dress was $9.99.  I have already worn it only to discover that it needs to be taken in.

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This green Talbots dress was only $8.99.  It needs to be taken in a bit as it is huge on me, but I like the colour and the cut of the dress.

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This black and white dress was $9.99 but is huge and me and I am going to slim down the skirt as well.  I like the top part and the fact that the skirt has pockets, the holy grail for dresses and skirts.  It will be featured in a future refashioning post.

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This white dress was $9.99.  It has a tie on the back that I will probably remove and take the dress in.

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This last dress was in the ethnic clothing section for some reason.  It was marked at only $7.99.  It is far too big and shapeless on me, but I like the style of the neck and the print and colours so I am going to see if I can work with it and make something that I can wear.  What do you think of my beautiful new dresses?  Cheers and happy thrifting, Michele

Animal Prints Gone Wild!! Mini-Thrift Haul!

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I do love animal prints so I was pleasantly surprised that in one thrift shop visit I found these four pieces all.  I still don’t have any coupons so the items were full price, but still good deals.  Let the wildness begin!

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This Gap dress in chartreuse and grey animal print is awesome and it has pockets.  It was only $9.99.

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This Jones of New York top in black and white leopard print was only $4.99.

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This black and white leopard print top is a great summer piece with shorts or a skirt for only $3.99.

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And this chartreuse and grey cashmere sweater needs a little TLC because it is a little shrunk, but a quick soak in cool water and a little stretching and laying it out on a drying rack will solve that problem.  And I love the bird on the front so it still qualifies as an animal print at only $4.99.
So what do you think of my wild animal print finds?  Cheers, Michele

Yet Another Polka Dots Dress!!

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So here I am again with a little thrift haul of only one thing…this gorgeous black with white polka dots dress!

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I got it for full price because I wasn’t going  to waste a valuable discount coupon on only one item which was only $9.99 to begin with. It is a very sheer black with white polka dots dress that I will have to wear with a black under slip, but I am fine with that.  It has a slightly 40s vintage feel and I love the little puff sleeves.  The dress is gorgeous and I am very happy with it.  And yes, I know, I don’t really need any more polka-dotted things, but I just can’t seem to help myself when I see polka dots…it’s a sickness I think.  Cheers, Michele

A Jeanius Refashion!! Thrifted Jeans Become A Dress!

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At the recent National Thrift Shop Day at Value Village I thrifted these two pairs of jeans for only $6.99 for both pairs and I knew that if they weren’t right for me, I could just do some refashioning with them.

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They are exactly the same size, long, exact same colour wash and made by the same manufacturer.  I didn’t try them on in the store because the lineups were crazy.  They fit me but the rise was a little too short.  So I thought, what am I going to do now???  There have been a number of refashioning competitions in the blogging community lately, and the “Jeanius” one involved using denim in new and interesting ways.  This inspired me to tackle the problem of these jeans…but what to do…what to do?

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I had seen one refashioner basically turn her jeans into a giant piece of fabric, so I decided to start from there.  I cut up and across the inseam on both sides.  Then I cut up along the fly seam and the back seam through the waist band on both pairs of jeans.  I now had 4 pieces of oddly shaped fabric.

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In order to make two pieces of fabric to create the front and the back of what ever I was going to make, I trimmed off the groin area of the jeans to create on long seam to sew up.  I took one front and one back and did just that.  I did not sew up one panel all the way to the top to be able to create a V-shaped neckline for the front of my dress.

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Now I had two large pieces of fabric created from the two pairs of jeans.  Then I lay the pieces on top of one another, right sides together and traced around this dress.  I got so excited with the process that I, as usual, forgot to take pictures.

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But here is the pattern dress I used, my trusty tablecloth dress.  Then it was just a matter of cutting it out, sewing the front and back together, stitching down the arm seams and the neckline and Tadaaa!  I was done.

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Here are the front and back view of the dress.

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Here is are detailed pictures of the front and back of the top of the dress.  What do you think of my refashioning job?  I am quite happy with how the dress turned out and it was a lot easier than I had anticipated.  Cheers, Michele

Fix It Friday!!Lengthening A Too Short Dress!

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I bought this gorgeous denim Gloria Vanderbilt dress at the recent 50% off Thrift Days at Value Village for only $7.50 after discount and I figured it would be a good dress for a refashion.

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I love the dark denim wash, it looks like new and it has pockets.  But alas, it is a bit short for me.  As you can see in the photo, it has it’s own tie belt which is sewn in at the back.  I didn’t quite know at first what I wanted to do to lengthen it.  I have several pairs of jeans in my refashion pile, but none of them were the same colour wash.  I considered using a contrasting fabric, but then I thought, hey, I don’t really like the tie belt anyways, so why not use that!

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Here is the belt sewn in.

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Here is the dress with the belt removed.

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So what I did was measure the length of the hem, divide it in half and figure out how long my pieces of belt should be to create the new hem.

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What I didn’t account for was the  stretch of the fabric, so when I got around to the middle, my pieces were too short.  So a quick little refashion of the left over scraps and I made an insert to widen the hem pieces.

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Now the dress is three inches longer and I can wear it with any belt I choose. It does need a little ironing though. I also sewed down the button placard from the waist to about 8 inches from the hem to keep the skirt from gaping.  I am quite pleased with how my dress lengthening turned out, it feels much more comfortable to wear and only took about 30 minutes to do, even with the goof that I made and the rapid scramble to repair the problem. What do you think of my little refashion?  Cheers, Michele

Another Mini Thrift Haul!! With A Great Coupon!

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I recently had a coupon for $10 off $25 dollars spent at Value Village.  The best part about this thrift haul is that I shop at this Value Village a lot and the girl behind the counter and I have chatted before.  My total for the whole bill would have been over $100 but she let me use the coupon 4 times to bring it down to just over $60.  I got some very nice shirts for my husband from Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic as well as a pair of Ralph Lauren pants for his work.  I got some books and movies as well as the following clothes for me.

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This top was only $3.99.

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This top was $4.99.

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But the best find was this Old Navy dress in this gorgeous fuchsia for only $9.99.  Not a big thrift haul for me, but very satisfying none the less.  Cheers, Michele

Fix It Friday!! Dress Refashion!

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I bought this dress for $7.50 at Value Village at the 50% off sale.  I love the print and the fabric, it was just huge on me, but I knew this would be an easy refashion.

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As you can see, it was far too large.  A size 28 in fact.  But I knew that I could refashion it very easily.

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I turned it inside out and pinned in the sides and the front seams.  I sewed these up to my satisfaction with a long basting stitch and then tried the dress on to see if it fit.  It needed a little adjustment and then I stitched the seam with a proper length stitch, cut off the excess fabric and then zigzag stitched the raw edges to keep them from fraying.

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Here is the final result and it fits very nicely now.  A simple fix to a simple problem.  Cheers, Michele