Thift Store Thursday: The Old Maid Frock

Added Jul 8, 2010

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Ok, I know I won’t be making the ‘featured projects’ for this post. But I think it’s useful for people who overlook some thrift store gems.

I loved last Friday’s post so much that I’ve decided to do a regular series. The perfect part is that I go thrift shopping on Wednesdays. That’s when the Salvation Army and Community Aid have everything half off. So I can post on Thursday what I bought and repurposed the day prior. AND, cool alliteration, huh!

Now let me preface this series with a disclaimer. These are NOT refashions. Or at least I don’t consider them to be. These are simple things that YOU can do to thrift store finds to make them look good.

I found this dress for $1.50 at the Salvation Army (see bottom pic for before). I liked the material and the gathered mission collar but I found it in the Plus section and it looked like something an old maid might wear, not to mention it smelled like something an old maid would wear.

I sprayed some fabreeze and it was fine. The sleeves were HUGE. I thought they might have been salvageable if they didn’t make the dress look dowdy, so I snipped them off and made the dress sleeveless! I hemmed the inside of the sleeve opening and ‘voila’ a new sleeveless frock.
I also turned the dress inside out and put it on my body, pinned it close to my upper bodice and waist, then tapered at the skirt. I then took it off and sewed along the pin line to fit my form and snipped off the extra material.

I used that extra material and made a tiny matching belt tie to go around at the waist and cinch to keep that shirtdress feel.

The dress in the end reminded me of something a housewife might wear while reading a book under the shade of a tree and the comfort of a lawn chair, waiting for her husband to get home from work while the kids are playing in the yard.

Not an old maid anymore.

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Material
Rayon

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    Jul 13, 2010, 06.14 PMby queenieslearnin2sew

    I love doing stuff like this. The Good will stores around me do a 50 cent section every Sunday. You can find some great stuff if you take the time to look. Great reconstruction!!!

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    Jul 10, 2010, 07.41 AMby reggiebaby

    Such a great idea, i should start doing this kind of thing more often. What a transformation!

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    Jul 9, 2010, 09.59 AMby sallyr

    Brilliant! What a great idea to turn this rather ugly, shapeless, scary monstrosity sleeveless. Perfect summer dress, and of course you wear it so well. Beautiful.

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    Jul 8, 2010, 10.49 PMby kdrodgers

    It looks so fresh and cute!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 05.33 PMby wzrdreams

    I am so jealous of your wednesdays. :)

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    Jul 8, 2010, 04.34 PMby laurwyn

    I wish I had that kind of store around! That is crazy how a few stitches here and there can transform a garment! Thanks of course to your ideas!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 04.30 PMby gtangel

    wow.. so pretty.. :)

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    Jul 8, 2010, 03.20 PMby tamezdc

    Another beautiful dress from you, of course. I love your work.

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