Value Village

A Swimsuit Cover-up From A Shower Curtain!! A Quick Refashion!

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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.

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Here is the original shower curtain.

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Here is the dress that I used as my pattern,

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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

More Curtain Panels For The Refashioning Pile!!

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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.

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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!!

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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

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

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

Striped Thrift Haul 50% Off!!

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On National Thrift Shop Day, I thrifted these striped clothing items for 50% off at Value Village.   Two of them were from the same designer label.  That was a little weird, and the pricing was very low considering the quality of this brand.

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This Ralph Lauren dress was originally $7.99 but I got it for $4.00.  Crazy pricing sometimes works in your favour.  I can wear this in the summer with some flats or in the fall with tights and some boots.  A perfect dress…if only it had pockets!

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This Ralph Lauren top was originally $5.99 but I got it for $3.00.

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This coral top with black and white stripes was also $3.00 after the discount.  I love the colour contrast and it will go perfect with shorts or a skirt now and into the fall.  It is by Lord and Taylor which is also a good quality brand.

Not bad for quality items, and I do love me some stripes.  What do you think of this little striped thrift haul?  Cheers, 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

More Thrifted Travel Scarves and Fabric!! 30% Off Mini Haul!

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I picked up a few more vintage travel scarves and some fabric for making a table cloth and some napkins at a recent 30% off day at Value Village.

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This vintage scarf is obviously from Paris, but unfortunately the colours do not match my other travel scarf from Paris so I can’t make a top of the two of them together…I will have to keep looking for their matches.  Only $3.50.

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This Swiss travel scarf has beautiful bright colours and needs only a plain backing to make a top…I will just have to keep hunting.  It was $1.80.

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This maple leaf fabric…about 3 metres…is perfect for a future sewing project to make a table cloth and some napkins for Canada Day next year.  Not bad for only $2.40.  So that’s my mini thrifted haul of scarves and fabric.  Cheers, Michele