Thrift Store Thursday: Back to School Night Frock

September 2, 2010

I bought this Express Studio Frock at the Sal Val for $2. It wasn't so bad but it looked a little dated with the long sleeves and collar. But I liked the pin tucks in the front and the size and length didn't need any fixing.

I brought it home and took my seam ripper to it. To change the look of this dress I simply removed the collar and sleeves. Here's the neat part. Most collars have a middle piece that connects to the dress. I ripped the stitches out that connect the collar to this middle piece. I then stitched the opening back up and what I had left was a neat little mission collar.
Finally, I cut the sleeves off and hemmed the raw edges to the inside. Now, I have a neat little summer/fall frock. I might even wear it to back to school night tonight.

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26 {comments}:

Lynne said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks beautiful! And so easy! Great job!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it.

Tanya-Yanata said... Best Blogger Tips

I have similar one. But I'm going to do nothing with it- I bought it hoping to lose 3-4-5 pounds:)So I did.But it doesn't fit me again:)May be it's time to bring the dress to Salvation.
I like your updated version.Looks great!

bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great idea. it looks fabulous!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said... Best Blogger Tips

Shut the front door! I can't believe you just took a few things off. Looks fantastic!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Very nice. You seem to make beautiful pieces out of the blah-est finds. :)

v said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks amazing and only $2! Also fantastic with those heels.

Jennifer Hancock said... Best Blogger Tips

One word for this makover- Perfect

Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! Can you please come shopping with me. I wouldn't have even seen the potential in this dress and it looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

mama k said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! You are very talented! :)

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I love making mandarin collars out of regular collared shirts! very cute.

quinn emery said... Best Blogger Tips

oh i love it! and the collar is so cool, i didn't know you could do that. i'm going to try it sometime!

strawberry_fields said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice! I am being inspired to upcycle my old clothes. Thinking about some pieces I have in the bag waiting to go to Goodwill....

Simply Lunar said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice!

verityclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

This is fantastic! I love the collar.

Marianne Elixir said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a really wonderful transformation. It is one of my favorites. Thanks so much for the collar tip!

erin said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome!

Nina @ Momma Go Round said... Best Blogger Tips

Way cute! I never would have thought to alter it like that. I'm totally on the lookout for a dress like that now!

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe that's the same dress!!

Tara
www.tarabeingtara.blogspot.com

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said... Best Blogger Tips

Another amazing transformation!

~ Kim ~ said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it. You look really great in it. Thanks for sharing.

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

nice! i have one in my closet that needs a little something and losing the sleeves might just be the thing.

LadyJadePerendhil said... Best Blogger Tips

That is tooo cute. I love the ingeniousness (?) of it. TOO crafty for words. I love the lack of sleeves; could just see it paired with a nice cardigan sweater.

Brooklynne Kennedy said... Best Blogger Tips

this is absolutely brilliant! I'm really tall and as such I have long arms and often have issues with dresses like this, sleeves ride up hitting me awkardly between wrist and 3/4 length... next tome I see a dress like this that I like I'm going to have to do this!!

Nadia Majid said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi ive got a similar one in black but really want to add some colour or change it some way as the black is too intense any suggestions please.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nadia MajidA large fabric poppy boutonniere for a splash of color?

 
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