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
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
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.
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!
This Ralph Lauren top was originally $5.99 but I got it for $3.00.
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
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!
This Gap dress in chartreuse and grey animal print is awesome and it has pockets. It was only $9.99.
This Jones of New York top in black and white leopard print was only $4.99.
This black and white leopard print top is a great summer piece with shorts or a skirt for only $3.99.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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