The dress ended up being more of a project than I thought it would, but I love the end result, and there were no major headaches along the way, so I’m okay with it.  I shortened the sleeves, and cut off about 9 inches of length.  I also removed the weird collar and green polka-dot fabric thinking that maybe I would leave it as a v-neck.  After removing all that, I realized that the v-neck was just way too deep and weird-looking.  I ended up removing the middle front of the bodice entirely, and replacing it with a portion of the 9 inches of hem that I had cut off earlier.  Voila, it all worked out!

Deets:
Dress: Goodwill, $5
Shoes: Don’t remember, $10
Earrings: Old Navy, $3
Total damages: $18

 The dress ended up being more of a project than I thought it would, but I love the end result, and there were no major headaches along the way, so I’m okay with it.  I shortened the sleeves, and cut off about 9 inches of length.  I also removed the weird collar and green polka-dot fabric thinking that maybe I would leave it as a v-neck.  After removing all that, I realized that the v-neck was just way too deep and weird-looking.  I ended up removing the middle front of the bodice entirely, and replacing it with a portion of the 9 inches of hem that I had cut off earlier.  Voila, it all worked out!

Deets:

Dress: Goodwill, $5

Shoes: Don’t remember, $10

Earrings: Old Navy, $3

Total damages: $18

Wore this to a friend’s wedding this afternoon.  I didn’t realize until a friend pointed it out, but I’ve got a pretty serious ballerina vibe going: the bun, chiffon, pink ribbon, and pearls.  
This dress is from the same family friend as the last dress.  It also spent quite a few years in our basement. Thankfully, it came through without too much damage.  The neckline was torn a little bit (making the v-neck a bit TOO plunging), but I just stitched it up by hand really quickly, threw on a sash, some pearls, and heels and was ready to go.  

Wore this to a friend’s wedding this afternoon.  I didn’t realize until a friend pointed it out, but I’ve got a pretty serious ballerina vibe going: the bun, chiffon, pink ribbon, and pearls.  

This dress is from the same family friend as the last dress.  It also spent quite a few years in our basement. Thankfully, it came through without too much damage.  The neckline was torn a little bit (making the v-neck a bit TOO plunging), but I just stitched it up by hand really quickly, threw on a sash, some pearls, and heels and was ready to go.  

Here’s a fun one.  Years ago a good family friend of ours cleaned out her closets and gave us bunches and bunches of her old clothing.  For years we used them as playclothes, but a few weeks ago I came across this dress and wondered if it would actually fit, and miracle of miracles, it did.  I left the dress as it was, updated the shrug/jacket and slapped on a ribbon from another dress. Free Easter ensemble? I think yes.  (I think I’m going to go clean that mirror now, that is gross.)

Here’s a fun one.  Years ago a good family friend of ours cleaned out her closets and gave us bunches and bunches of her old clothing.  For years we used them as playclothes, but a few weeks ago I came across this dress and wondered if it would actually fit, and miracle of miracles, it did.  I left the dress as it was, updated the shrug/jacket and slapped on a ribbon from another dress. Free Easter ensemble? I think yes.  (I think I’m going to go clean that mirror now, that is gross.)

I’M BACK!!!  I know, I know.  It’s been sooooo long.  I’ve been working and studying and not at all motivated to sew.  Now that I’ve dipped my toe in the water though, I’m hoping to jump back in.  

I chose this vintage 80s (?) blouse because I thought the print was lovely and modern…and then when I finished it I styled it 50s, because of course.  

The damages:

Blouse: thrifted, $1.50

Skirt: thrifted, $2.50

Scarf (as headwrap): thrifted, $1

Clutch: passed down from my grandma

Shoes: Payless, $20

I bought this gorgeous vintage cashmere and fur coat at a thrift store closing sale at the end of the summer, but this is the first time I’ve worn it.  That’s due in part to it being forgotten at the back of my closet for a few months, and also because it’s not the kind of coat you wear with just anything ifyaknowwhaddamean?  (Note: I’m not a fan of the modern fur industry, but I don’t have a problem with vintage furs.)

Cashmere/fur coat: $8

Dress (as skirt): Thrifted, after store credit $6

Sweater: Thrifted $2.50

Shoes: Maurice’s $10

Tights: Who knows?

Total damages: $26.50

In order to make up for my prolonged absence, I’m posting a terrible quality picture of myself.  But really, I know it’s been a while.  About a month ago I started a new job, and for the last two weeks I’ve been on vacation with my family in Florida (which was lovely, by the way) which has thrown my DIY projects to the bottom of my to-do list.  Now that I’m back, though, I’m super excited to start this year off with a whole pile of lovely projects!
Outfit Deets:
Dress: thrifted (this is a lovely Florida find.  I can tell the dress is handmade.), $10
Sweater: $12, DownEast Basic
Belt: $1, Rue 21
Shoes: $15, Chelsea Crew via Ideeli.  
Total damages: $38 

In order to make up for my prolonged absence, I’m posting a terrible quality picture of myself.  But really, I know it’s been a while.  About a month ago I started a new job, and for the last two weeks I’ve been on vacation with my family in Florida (which was lovely, by the way) which has thrown my DIY projects to the bottom of my to-do list.  Now that I’m back, though, I’m super excited to start this year off with a whole pile of lovely projects!

Outfit Deets:

Dress: thrifted (this is a lovely Florida find.  I can tell the dress is handmade.), $10

Sweater: $12, DownEast Basic

Belt: $1, Rue 21

Shoes: $15, Chelsea Crew via Ideeli.  

Total damages: $38 

I’m thinking about adding outfit posts of clothes that focus on non-refashioned, thrifted clothes, because you might not know this, but making clothes all the time is exhausting.  And not really sustainable.  While this DEFINITELY does not mean that I won’t be making more clothing, it does mean that those posts probably won’t be as frequent.  Feedback in the form of messages, reblogs, or asks would be  AWESOME.  
Dress: Thrifted, $4.
Sweater: Anthro label via DownEast Basics, $6.
Scarf as belt: Thrifted (by my mom, actually), $1.
Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Ideeli, $15. 
Bun: Courtesy of my unwashed hair
Total damages: $26.

I’m thinking about adding outfit posts of clothes that focus on non-refashioned, thrifted clothes, because you might not know this, but making clothes all the time is exhausting.  And not really sustainable.  While this DEFINITELY does not mean that I won’t be making more clothing, it does mean that those posts probably won’t be as frequent.  Feedback in the form of messages, reblogs, or asks would be  AWESOME.  

Dress: Thrifted, $4.

Sweater: Anthro label via DownEast Basics, $6.

Scarf as belt: Thrifted (by my mom, actually), $1.

Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Ideeli, $15. 

Bun: Courtesy of my unwashed hair

Total damages: $26.

Alrighty guys, sorry for the unintended break. I’ve been having some more technical problems, but hopefully I’ll get those sorted tomorrow and have some new content up in the next day or so. I have a project that I finished almost a week ago that I’M super excited about, as well as another dress in the works and several more projects still just percolating in my brain. Stay tuned!