So, I've got a brand new thrift find that I'm SUPER excited about. I'm not so sure that I can pull this one off, but I'm working on it. Check the end of this post for a sneak peek photo of my next challenge...
In lieu of that one, I'd like to share a transformation I whipped up in the few minutes I had before work yesterday. It only has 3 steps, and involves NO SEWING!!
I found this blue patterned dress at a thrift store for less than $3.
|Before: Blue Patterned Dress|
|Before: From Behind|
I really liked the pattern, but the shoulder pads made the bust fit awkwardly and the sleeves were an odd short length. I had a bunch of ambitious ideas for this dress, but I realized that I wanted to keep the main integrity of the dress and alter it slightly to suit my needs.
So, I transformed it in the following 3 steps:
1) First, I cut out the shoulder pads.
|So not needed.|
2) Second, I cut short sleeves.
|Sleeves cut off|
3) Third, I attempted to use a product called Fray Check to seal the frayed edges of the sleeves, but it took too long to dry and wasn't fully effective.
|Maybe for another project, Fray Check|
So instead I used a liquid adhesive called "No Sew Thread" that I found at the dollar store, spread it across the inside edge of the sleeves, and folded a new hem.
|No Sew Thread|
|Folding a new hem|
Wow. This stuff worked wonders! it dried quickly, and held firm with no sewing!
Here again is the before photo:
|Before: Boring Blue Patterned Dress|
Three steps, about 15 minutes, and some accessories, and I was ready to go to work:
|After: Sophisticated Blue Patterned Dress|
|After: From Behind|
I unbuttoned the top buttons, paired it with some matching earrings, a simple black belt to accentuate the waist, and some black shoes. I thought about cutting the length and altering the top, but I found that the removal of the shoulder pads made the top sit better, and it was already a good length for work.
Sometimes it doesn't take a whole lot to give a thrift store find some new life!
I hope you liked it! And ***drumroll, please*** here's a foretaste of what I'm working on next...
I hope I can pull it off! We'll see...... :)
Until next time, blessings.