Making Stuff: Princess Dresses {Thrifted Dress Refashion}

by This is Carrie on September 19, 2011

Nothing makes better “dress up” dresses than thrifted prom dresses from the 70′s and 80′s. They are more durable, more interesting, more afordable and they’ll fit kids that are bigger than size 3T. Why do big manufacturers assume kids stop dressing up after toddlerhood anyway?

Steps:

Yellow dress: Shortened straps, cut off third ruffle to shorten (that ruffle got sent to Jane), took in bodice at side seams.

Blue dress: Filled in lace neck with matching blue fabric, cut off length at the hem ( didn’t even rehem it-love double knit!), took in bodice at side seams.

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September 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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Andrea September 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Love them! I have all my old prom dresses and bridesmaid dresses I’ve been reluctant to cut into (why???). I really need to because that crushed velvet is doing anybody any favors in my closet.

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It’s always hard to make that first cut, but it’s always worth it!! Crushed velvet would make an awesome snow princess dress!

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Wag Doll September 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

Awww just too cute! x

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Laura September 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Those are so great! I have a couple dresses I have been meaning to do this with. Thank you for your post, as it has inspired me to stop thinking about it, and do it!

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Corinn November 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I have been saving every single bridesmaid/prom dress I have for just this purpose! I can’t wait to do this and create the best dress-up closet EVER for my daughter and niece! Great tips on re-sizing! Thanks!

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Kelly Leon Guerrero January 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Rarely do I ever leave comments on blogs that I peruse, but Mama, I gotta tell you…This is one of the CUTEST and most heart-warming ideas I’ve seen on any blog. You did an absolutely beautiful job on the yellow “Belle” dress. The picture is absolutely divine with the skirt in motion. My heart is melting and I am so excited to one day take my future nieces and daughters to the thrift store for an amazing prom dress adventure!! Your refashion category has opened up a whole new world of repurposing items (I already AM a repurposer, but your great ideas and finds from others have inspired me to new heights!!) Thank you so much for being so crafty and sharing it with all of us, especially your daughters. :D xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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Thanks for the comment! I love turning on my computer and having something so nice waiting for me in my inbox.

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size chart available June 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for supplying
these details.

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