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Thrift Store Thursday: The Romantiks Frock

Added Aug 12, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






Disclaimer: Thrift Store Thursday’s are not makeovers. These are simple things that YOU can do to thrift store finds to make them look good without having to put in a lot of effort.

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Isn’t romantiks with a ‘k’ is more romantic?

I could easily see this frock in a modcloth lineup. It would be called something like Coffee and Dreams Dress (actually that’s one on their site now). Wouldn’t you like to wear a new Modcloth dress everyday? I wish I owned a dress shop so I could do just that. The storefront would be all white with wide planked white bead board on the walls on the inside, glossy black hardwood floors and black lamp lights on the walls. Very New Englandesque.

Anyway enough daydreaming, I saw this blouse at the Sal Val for $2 and I loved the sheerness of it. All the fabrics used were delicate and gossamer and nude toned. But it was only a blouse:( NO PROBLEMO!

I showed you before how I attached a long piece of fabric to the bottom of a blouse to turn it into a dress but with this blouse I added a little more. Instead of being attached to the bottom, it’s attached from underneath at the slip. I also added a little lace to match the lace on top to make the addition more uniform with the blouse.

The piece of fabric I used to add to the bottom is gathered, with that new shirring technique, to make the bottom of the blouse open out like an A-line.

The colors were easy to match and were my favorite part of the dress because they blend in so well with the original blouse. I think a great idea would be to add something like this underneath a blouse. I just don’t have the time.

I also took it in on the sides and added a little zipper in the back so that it could be more fitted around my bodice.

It’s so flirty, maybe a little short but if you’re on a date or….young….it’s super cute I think. I wish they had dresses like this when I was in my early 20s. That was the Abercrombie & Fitch era. All polos, tees and shorts. I worked there for a short time while going to college and spent all the money I made back into the store….and then some. I was such a clothes addict.





Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Mod, Romantic
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins, Rayon

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    Nov 21, 2010, 02.48 AMby cantare

    It’s adorable and transforms a good shirt into a great dress!

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    Aug 14, 2010, 12.58 PMby mema79


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    Aug 13, 2010, 07.52 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Amazing as usual, you have inspired a bit of a thrift store challenge for my sewing club. Next month we are going to visit the local thrift stores and pick and item each to “save”, we’ll take some before and after pictures to share, hopefully we get some amazing garments from it :)

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    Aug 13, 2010, 05.12 AMby nessys

    Very nice – as always – I wish I could “channel” your skills when I’m in the thrift/opt shop! xxx

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    Aug 13, 2010, 04.54 AMby anomalyroom


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    Aug 13, 2010, 03.47 AMby kelepso

    Your alterations are amazing!

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    Aug 12, 2010, 10.56 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    Love this, this is really cute and just frilly enough. It is made even more awesome because you rescued the shirt and made it something special.

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    Aug 12, 2010, 09.44 PMby ideagirl

    So cute and wearable definately a ‘coffee and dreams’ dress — I also wish they had this kind of dress when I was in my 20s as well — oh well that is what my 30s are for — to go onward to make/wear a dress!

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    Aug 12, 2010, 09.32 PMby smallone

    Shop Anthropology…or alternatively just think Grosgrain next time you’re at the thrift store :)

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    Aug 12, 2010, 07.16 PMby hstorm799

    You are so incredibly talented! I would so wear this and I am neither 20 nor in the dating market ;) I’m sure my husband would love it as well since I am not usually a short skirts kind of gal…

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    Aug 12, 2010, 05.47 PMby lizah


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    Aug 12, 2010, 05.45 PMby dnembhard

    The dress is fabulous! Great job.

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    Aug 12, 2010, 04.49 PMby andrine94

    I L O V E the dress, it is supercute! Nice work!

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