Thursday, August 30, 2012


When I found this dress crammed in a bin of clothing at Goodwill, my expectations weren't high. All I could see was a small piece of gingham fabric and some buttons. Sure enough, when I pulled it out, it had big ugly sleeves and was at least 4 sizes too big. But still, there was something about it. So I plunked $3 on the counter for it, and carried it home with me.
And after taking off the sleeves, sewing it smaller, and embroidering a tiny heart on it - I felt like I had made something so much more "me". It's such a comfortable dress, is great in this heat, and it truly one-of-a-kind. I'm glad I got it for such a deal, and even more glad that I could give it new life.
What things have you thrifted and made over? Any tips for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
thrifted gingam dress / f21 belt / anthropologie bracelet / pamela love bear ring / swedish hasbeens clogs / maggie the golden-retriever


  1. Oooh good job! This looks beautiful, and your dog Maggie is precious!

  2. you did a beautiful job reconstructing this dress. It's great. Could you post a tutorial on how to hem arm openings after taking off sleeves? That's my main weakness. - Leah,

  3. such a beautiful outfit!

    you have such a lovely blog too :)

    from helen at