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Thrift Store Thursday: The Sometimes Less is More Frock

Added Jul 22, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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Now again 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 Calvin Klein dress at the thrift store last week for only $1! It was way too long and way too big. I liked the gauzy fabric and matching slip underneath. It has these tiers that are finished off with a white embroidery stitch. You can sort of see them in the close up photos.

I thought it might be nice to make a sash or some sort of ruffle embellishment but when I really thought about it I decided that less was more. The dress had some nice details already and I thought anything else might just end up looking busy so all I did was take in the sides and trimmed the bottom.
There was an invisible zipper in the side of the dress. This makes taking in a dress somewhat trickier. To do fix this thrift store find, first I turned it inside out, pinned it to my body and took it off. But since the zipper was on the side I made a new opening in the back, used the old zipper and sewed it in the back. Then I stitched up the sides that I pinned to my form.

Finally I trimmed the bottom. I didn’t even have to add a hem to this dress because each tier is finished off by an embroidery stitch. All I had to do was cut off the last tier.

Super easy!




Garment Type
Bridal, Casual, Classic, Romantic

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    Jul 24, 2010, 03.47 PMby bussey

    Thank you for sharing… and encouraging us novice BS people to try a bit of fixing…

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    Jul 24, 2010, 06.45 AMby sarabjeet Kaur

    very sober and girly dress…………

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    Jul 23, 2010, 12.21 PMby natmarie

    This is great.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 01.25 AMby caramia-made

    Love this dress, what a find!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 05.50 PMby tamezdc

    Nice alteration!!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 04.55 PMby bridlin

    I wish I had your Thrift Store and your good ideas! Always fun to read your posts, and of course always beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing!

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