I loved the colours of this shower curtain as soon as I saw it and I think it was only $3.99 with a 30% off on top. I hemmed and hawed about what I would make out of this and then remembered that I always disliked my swimsuit coverup because it is made out of t-shirt material and sticks to me when my swimsuit is still damp. So I thought I could use this shower curtain in a new way.
Here is the original shower curtain.
Here is the dress that I used as my pattern,
Here is the final dress. It was an incredibly easy sew. I used the original curtain hem as the hem of my dress, so no hemming involved. I cut out the curtain around my original dress. Then zigzagged all the raw edges as it is a highly fraying fabric. Then it was just a matter of stitching up the shoulder and side seams before hemming the arm holes and neck hole. I quite like that I was able to match the pattern in the front and show off the beautiful pattern and colours. I think I may also be able to wear this dress with a white slip underneath as a regular dress, I will have to see if it works. Hope you like my quick refashion. Cheers, Michele
So my wrap skirt from the shower curtain refashion went over a treat and it has gotten me back in the refashioning state of mind. I went out the other day and got some more curtain panels for some future refashioning projects.
These black and white flowered curtain panels were each priced separately and differently; one was $3.99 the other was $7.99 but the lovely clerk at Value Village gave them to me both for $3.99 each. There is lots of fabric here and I am thinking of making a swing dress with the panels. Pockets of course!!
This panel is a shower curtain in a lovely blue, green and cream pattern which I can envision as a lovely top or, I know, another dress. How many dresses does a girl need? But I do donate and rotate my closet regularly so I am not overloading it.
Keep tuned for future refashions with these beautiful curtain panels as they become new clothes for me! Cheers, Michele
So on a recent thrift trip I veered away from primarily looking at summer dresses towards looking at sweaters for fall.
This white with black stripped sweater is thin enough to be a great transition piece from summer to fall. It was only $4.49.
This lovely grey sweater is part lambs wool and cashmere and is as soft as butter. It was only $4.49 too. Great deal and a great neutral piece.
This red v-neck is also very soft and thin knit for transitioning into the cooler weather. It was only $3.99. Why so inexpensive, I don’t know, but who am I to complain.
Do you use sweaters as a transition pieces into fall and winter. Cheers, Michele
Recently I thrifted this fabric thrift haul when it was 50% off day at Salvation Army. Each piece was originally $1.99 but I got them for $0.99 each. I haven’t decided to do with the pieces, but I do love each and every one. Unfortunately most of them are too small to make a dress, so I might make a skirt, a top or a tablecloth out of the pieces of fabric.
This is a stiffer printed cotton fabric which might be perfect for a tablecloth or napkins.
These pieces are very light weight cotton blends which are perfect for cool summer tops.
These fabric pieces may appear in a future refashioning and up cycling post so keep your eyes peeled. Cheers, Michele
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!
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.
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!
This printed black and white dress was $9.99. I have already worn it only to discover that it needs to be taken in.
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.
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.
This white dress was $9.99. It has a tie on the back that I will probably remove and take the dress in.
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
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.
It is a standard size shower curtain with button holes for the shower hooks.
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.
Then I hemmed the bottom.
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.
Luckily I had some beautiful black and white buttons rescued from a previous refashion.
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!
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
Here are some reasons I love to thrift, anyone who is a thrifter will understand and hopefully some future thrifters will be inspired.
- I am a thrifter from my childhood and there is nothing like walking into a thrift store feeling the anticipation of the next great find. Even after years of thrifting, I still feel that buzz of excitement in finding a great piece or pieces.
- The knowledge that I can find unique pieces that not everyone would have or even wear is always exciting to me.
- The vintage pieces are worth the hunt.
- The quality of the fabric and construction of vintage pieces.
- Saving wonderful pieces from the landfill.
- The people I meet in the thrift shops.
- The money I save, even though the prices at thrift stores have gone up way too much
- The staff at the stores that I frequent.
- Blogging about my thrift finds.
- Finding things that I can refashion.
What are your favourite things about thrift shopping? I would love to hear from you. Cheers, Michele