Friday, August 1, 2014

DIY: Thrift Shop MAKE-OVER

I was roped into this project by The Refashionista..... well not literally but I was checking out her work and I decided I wanted to take the challenge to see what I could create from a thrift shop find. Sooooo off to the New Life Thrift Store, I go.








The dress was marked $15.00 and it was on sale for 25% off. SOLD! This was a nice dress as is and it was brand new. I took it home and my daughter was like, "why are you going to cut it up?" I said "to see what  I could do with it not for you to wear as it is." So that was the end of that conversation, although I did agree with her but I had a plan and a mission!



The top was a not an issue I knew this was going to be a crop top,
I  just needed to hem it after it was removed from the skirt.







My original plan was to make the top a crop top and a pair of bubble shorts. So I mark a crotch as you can see above......wait for it...wait for it....



wait for it.....

Mori was like  "hell naw!" So I moved on to a fitted pencil skirt 
but I had some serious maneuvering to do because I cut out that crotch area. 
My plan was not to replace the zipper in the back and by gosh I was going to figure out a way to do it. Like I said I had a plan and a mission, so a patch would have to work, I had no other options to cover up this hole.


I didn't take the last fitting pictures my bad! 
I had to put this on Mori and pin it to her curves.


Finished!!! I added white stitching at each seam to give 
the outfit a pop of lines! Oh yeah I had a fight with my 
iron and scorched the front of the skirt but it's still 
wearable but that the shiny line you see down the front.









































See that's the scorch line there.


This is how I covered up that hole in the back...
....interesting and I like it! I hope I did The Refashionista proud!
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24 comments

  1. Girl I would have a clothing store everything made from recycled clothes...for sale! U R Good!!! And so young is the best part of it, just blessed with talent! Proud of you!

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    1. Chile Thanks! This is the face of the black chic my daughter Mori, my muse...she didn't make the outfit. I on the other hand the not so much the youngin' thank you for the awesome compliment.

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  2. You did a fab job on this make-over and your daughter looks fab!

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    1. Thanks Charmaine for showing so much love!

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  3. Amazing....it was a good dress to start with but now it's so awesome.

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    1. Right I know, that's what i said when I bought it! Thanks!

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  4. You took the original dress and made it modern and chic. Not that the original was bad because I liked it as well! Wow, you are talented!

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    1. Thanks Delilah. I agree with the dress I purchased, my daughter didn't want me to cut it up but she loves the outcome! Thanks for stopping by join my site if you will, I gots more to share!

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  5. This outfit is one of a kind fabulous! It fits her like a glove and she looks beautifl in it!Well done Michelle, well done.

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    1. This was a happy accident, not what I had in mind when I started but glad this is where it ended! Thanks!

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  6. I am in awe of this outfit! What you did is spectacular. I couldn't have dreamed this up, very good job.

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    1. Thanks so much this is one outfit that I am most proud of! It wasn't what I had though out in my head but it is what I dreamed of in the end!

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  7. Icould wear this.....after I loose about 20 pounds but I can dream can't I? This outfit is stunning on my niece!

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  8. WoWzers is all one can say about this!

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    1. That's a good choice of words, When she put on the finished product I was like Damn! It's fitting her curves oh so well.

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  9. That is soooo cute!! I so need to learn how to sew. I have the machine but I don't have the knowledge.

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    1. Thanks Melody. You won half the battle by having a machine, now just get some scrap fabric and start sewing!

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  10. Great finds! I need to get into thrifting these styles rock!

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    1. I'm not a really good thrift-er, I ain't got patience to look through all that stuff. Every now and then I get lucky tho.

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  11. What a steal! I am so envious of your DIYers! That final outfit is Hot!!

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    1. Nadeen I surprised myself with this one, it's not what I was going for but I damn sure happy with the results. Thanks for showing love!

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  12. Dang girl, this turned out great! I love doing refashions too, and you surely transformed that dress into a real winner! Nicely done!

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    1. Right, I surprised myself with this one, Although it' was not my original ideal that I had for the dress it looks fabulous on my daughter. Thanks for stopping by!

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