Saturday, November 3, 2012

Frightening to Fantastic: A Thrift Store Dress Makeover

I found this dress at a thrift store, and I loved the external zipper and racer back detail with an exposed zipper, as well as the fabric and the general shape. The problem? It was from probably 1992. It was really, weirdly long (was this length ever flattering on anyone?) and a little too big in the waist.

Refashioning a thrift store dress for women

Did I mention that it has an overall pocket in the front? Seriously. This is vintage craziness at it's best. But It had potential, and for $3.99 I could afford to experiment!

So using a dress I already own as a guide I hemmed it to a length I wanted, took in the waist, and adjusted the neckline down into a more flattering sweetheart shape. Here is the result:

Refashioning a thrift store dress for women

I wore it to work today, and I officially love it! I will get a lot of use out of this, let me tell you. This dress is super comfy and flattering. It goes with practically everything in my closet, especially given that nearly everything in my closet is a variation on black, grey or taupe, all three of which this dress has in the pattern. And I still get a huge kick out of the back detail:

Refashioning a thrift store dress for women

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