Making Stuff: Party Dress {Old Dress Refashion}

by This is Carrie on September 26, 2011

Another dress from the thrift store with so much promise.

STEPS

1 . Shorten skirt about 4″ (I took it off at the skirt waist instead of the hem).

2. Replace “dead” elastic at waist with new elastic.

3. Cut off sleeves and re-hem.

4. Pair with belt.

Find more of my women’s refashions HERE.

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Jenny September 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

awesome. Your clothing makeovers are so impressive.

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Thanks Jenny! I have such a pile waiting to get made over – hopefully the refashion posts will be steady for a while!

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Delilas September 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

You are just amazing. I want to go thrifty with you and learn all your tricks, but you have pure talent too. You seem to lead a well balanced life and I learn so much from you, please keep sharing. :D

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Thanks for the wonderful compliment. Balance is such a slippery thing to hang on to, but I try. I’d love to take you thrifting sometime! Maybe someday I’ll make a video of one of my thrifting trips and share all my secrets ;)

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Wag Doll September 27, 2011 at 5:05 am

Ooh I love this revamp, the little cap sleeves are gorgeous x

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Thanks! I was relieved that the rolled hem on the cap sleeve turned out okay. I was pretty worried.

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marbella Reply:

did you take the sleeves off to cut them and hem them and then reattached them? or did you leave them on the dress the whole time?

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Jill Browning September 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

Love it!!!
(wasn’t aware that WP doesn’t like short comments… )

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Thanks for the extended comment Jill! My girlfriend got so sick of not being able to write short comments on my blog, she once wrote a novel. I think it was like 27 paragraphs. It was hilarious.

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Lisa September 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

You’re killing me with these dress makeovers! So gorgeous and inspiring that I had to come out of lurking to comment. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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Thanks for delurking! It’s nice to know people are reading and enjoying the refashions as much as I love doing them!

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Amy September 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Love It! I need to find a thrift store and do some refashioning. I keep saying that I am going to, but i never seem to do it. Maybe it’s my fear of not being creative enough.

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moxiemandie
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September 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Now, show us a photo of it on YOU! :)

It looks great, really!

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Anyone who was at BlogHer might have seen it on me. I wore it to the CheeseburgHer party and danced the night away!

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ohjennymae
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September 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

this was so cute on you in san diego. nice one

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Melody September 29, 2011 at 5:32 am

I love this dress – its the perfect re-fashion! Wish I was as crafty/talented as you :)

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Jennifer Brasher October 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

oooh – I’m jealous! This turned out great!!

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Katie October 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

Where do you find your belts?

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Tall Mom October 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

So TALENTED!!! I need to do more of this with my low low clothing budget..

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Sarai October 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am so impressed with this! Such vision to see the after when you’re looking in a thrift store. I love the short cap sleeves.
Like another commenter, I too am impressed with how you seem to balance an active and creative lifestyle with work and kids. You’re an inspiration!!!

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Rachel Adams January 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

This dress refashion is stunning. I’m inspired and can’t wait to visit the local thrift shops for treasures to refashion!

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krisz May 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Google brought me here . I was just thinking to alter a similar style top with long sleeve to cap sleeve. My question it, how to I do it? Is there a technique to cutting the cap sleeve?

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