New Life for Old Threads- Upcycled Thrifted Find

I know… it is just so awful. But when I saw it at the Salvation Army two weeks ago, I just couldn’t put it down. I was drawn by the retro collar and bow and sold by the awesome color and print. My sister, Emily, admits she just couldn’t see the potential, but somewhere, behind all that fabric, I did.  When my husband, Andrew, saw it hanging in the bedroom, he had shear horror in his eyes, with a look that said, “Oh God, please no.” I assured him it would look better in the end.
… And then the work started, and I began to doubt I could fix this one.. I had to do a lot on this dress, way more than I had anticipated. The dress was meant to be pulled over the head and I hadn’t even started when I realized if I was going to bring the dress in, I would need to put a zipper in (insert horrific scream)…...ok, so maybe I'm being a bit melodramatic… I don’t know why I thought of zippers as such daunting task. The zipper was so easy to put in and I must say I was feeling quite proud. The following is what I had to do the dress:

-Inserted zipper in back

-Removed sleeves

-Brought in waist

-Darted bust

-Hemmed new armholes

-Brought the Hem up and hemmed


Next time I’ll be sure to take photos.


  1. awesome! i bought a nice vintage dress, i saw this post and looks pretty easy although i don't want to mess up the dress... any chance to put photos of the process on your upcycled dresses?