How to Thrift Clothing to Upcycle


You may think that little thought goes into the pieces I upcycle, but that is just not the case. A lot rides on picking the best article of clothing in order to make not only an easy, but successful upcycle. For Example:

This is a dress I thrifted specifically for the purpose of upcycling. It had the key elements that make for an easy fix.
Think about following when deciding if something is upcycle worthy:
1. Think about what makes the piece dated?
2. Can the things that make the piece dated be changed easily?
3. Is there something unique or modern about the piece that makes you like it?
4. Does the price justify the fact that this upcycle may fail?(seriously, it happens, and you’ll feel better if you only spent $2 on it.)
5. What type of fabric is it made out of, is that fabric easy to sew, and how does it need to be cared for.(A lot of older clothing is dry clean only, and ain’t noboby got time fer dat)
This dress met all my perquisites. All of the things that made this dress dated could be easily updated, and polka dots are a timeless pattern. The cost was low and easy care.
The first thing that made this dress doughty was the neckline. I took the buttons off and opened the neckline by pinning and sewing open.
The second thing that needed to go was the length of the sleeves. Luckily the hem was quite large so all I have to do was fold them up and sew down. No cutting needed.
The last thing was the length, always the easiest fix. I like to bring dresses right to knee so they are work appropriate.


Thrifted Dress-$5.99
Thrifted Boots- $12.99
Thrifted Belt-$2.00
Flee Market Necklace-$3.00
Sweater- Gift


  1. I adore this dress. I'll send you my address. I'm sure we're the same size, right?

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