Polka Dots

Mini Thrift Haul!! Another 30% Off Haul!

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So I had a 30% off coupon or three burning a hole in my wallet.  My lovely daughter Katie has been cleaning out her apartment and making lots of donations to Value Village and was kind enough to give me her donation coupons for 30% off.  I only found a few pieces, but I am very happy with the results.

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This Anne Klein wrap dress is very much me and I can see getting a lot of wear out of it.  I donated two dresses to make room for it in my closet.  It is lovely soft material, a gorgeous print and fits perfectly.  It was $9.10 after my discount.

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This Tommy Hilfiger shirt is the perfect chambray blue and fits beautifully.  It was surprisingly only $4.90 after my discount coupon.

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This Ralph Lauren shirt is in a beautiful royal blue with white polka dots…Goodness can a girl have too many polka dot tops as I sit here and write this wearing one of my collection…No I say, I love me some polka dots, what is a girl to do??  It was a little more expensive surprisingly at $6.30 with my coupon.

It is not a big thrift haul, but the pieces are classic in cut, great quality and I will get lots of wear out of them.  Cheers, Michele

Some Of My Best Thrift Finds Of All Times!! So Far!

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A true thrifter will tell you that the best part of the fun of thrifting is the challenge and the hunt for the great finds.  But also, it is finding that find…that perfect piece at a fantastic price.  The brag worthy piece that will have pride of place in your wardrobe.  These are just a few of my best and favourite finds so far.

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This white Danier leather motorcycle jacket was mistakenly priced at $9.99 and I got it for $4.50 on a 50% off day…score one for the thrifting team!!

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This dress I made from the thrifted bed skirt.

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This dress that I made from a thrifted table cloth.

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These scarves tops made from thrifted vintage scarves.

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These vintage handbags are just a few of my favourites.

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These thrifted dresses.  Most are vintage.

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These leopard print shoes which are some of my most worn pairs.
So there are just a few of my favourite and most loved and best thrift finds.  What are your favourite finds from the thrift store?  Cheers, Michele

Refashioning A Shower Curtain Into A Wrapskirt!!

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I know, I know, I always seem to refashion weird fabric sources into new clothes for myself, but I like the challenge and buying fabric from a fabric store can be expensive.  I like to have unusual fabrics for my refashions. And this refashion took less than 1/2 hour. I bought this black and white fabric shower curtain for 30% off of $4.99.

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It is a standard size shower curtain with button holes for the shower hooks.

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I don’t often make skirts and I am sure you are rather tired of the same t-shirt style dress I always make and love, so I decided to go a different way with this refashion.  I used my dress maker’s mannequin to help me measure the length I wanted the skirt and then pinned the cut material on to check the length.

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Then I hemmed the bottom.

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To take the waist in and hide all the button holes except for the two on each end, I folded the fabric so that the button-hole was in the centre of the fold and stitched down the waist band with a quarter-inch seam.

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Luckily I had some beautiful black and white buttons rescued from a previous refashion.

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Then I pinned it back on the dress maker’s mannequin and figured out where my two buttons should go.  I sewed them on and tadaaa!

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My skirt is finished.  It looks much nicer on than on the mannequin, but I had no one to help me take a photo of the skirt on.  I think it will look fabulous in the spring and summer with flats or in the winter with high boots.  The fabric is nice and crisp and I love the pattern.  I have enough left over that I might make a top with the rest.  Stay tuned for a possible future refashion.  Cheers, Michele

Another Thrifted Dress Refashioned Into A Top!!

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I thrifted this dress for $6.99 but got 50% off on National Thrift Shop Day at Value Village, so it was only $3.50.  I knew it wouldn’t fit me, but I liked the fabric and knew there would be enough fabric in the skirt to make a little top.

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Here is the dress before refashioning.

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I took out my trusty seam ripper and removed the bodice from the skirt.  Then I removed the lining.  I had considered leaving it in but I wanted to try French seams with this top as I have never done them before.  Now I had three pieces, the bodice, the skirt and the lining.

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I gave the skirt a good pressing before starting and then took this vintage scarf top that I made and used it as my pattern.  I just basically cut out two squares from the skirt leaving the original hem at the bottom.  Then I zigzagged all my raw edges.  To make French seams, at least the way I did it, you must put your wrong sides together and sew your seams with a bare 1/4 inch seam allowance,  I trimmed off a bit of the fabric from the seam allowance. Then I pressed the seams well.  Then I turned the top inside out and sewed the seams with a 1/3inch seam allowance to trap the first seam inside.  This created a little pocket which holds all the raw edges inside for a smooth finish.  Then I just hemmed my neck and sleeves and I was done!!

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Here is the finished top.  I am quite pleased with it.  The fabric was inexpensive to start, so if I had blown this project, all would not have been lost.  I love the polka dots and the drape of the fabric, the only draw back is that it creases like blue blazes!!  So I will have to iron it each time I wear it.  What!!!!  I hate ironing, but I do like the top.  What do you think of my little refashioning?  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

Dotty For Polka Dots!! My Polka Dot Clothing Collection!

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Here is just a selection of my favourite thrifted polka dot finds.  As you can see, I have a real passion for polka dots.  I am always on the lookout for new pieces.

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As you can see I really love navy with white polka dots and black with white polka dots the most.  Do you have a pattern or print that you particularly love?  I just can help myself when it comes to Polka dots.  Cheers, Michele

You Can Dress A Girl Up!! More Thrifted Dresses!

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So I had another 30% off coupon from Value Village burning a hole in my wallet so I decided to check out what I could find.  And I am very happy with my new selection of thrifted dresses.

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Yes, I know, another red and white polka dot dress!!  This one is a Gloria Vanderbilt dress that just needs to be shortened a bit.  It is awesome at only $9.99 before my coupon kicked in.

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This green polka dot dress from Old Navy still had the original tags on it and had never been worn.  A steal at only $6.99 original price.

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This beautiful eggplant purple dress which looks amazing with a previously thrifted turquoise necklace was only $8.99 pre-coupon.

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This black and white dress with the red accent is gorgeous, fits like a glove and was only $10.99 before discount.
I think all of these dresses are absolute steals and I love my new thrifted additions to my spring and summer wardrobe.  Happy thrifting!!  Cheers, Michele