Posts Tagged 'altered clothing'

I wish I was more like Gidget

It’s that time of year.  Bathing suit season.  I wanted a cute one but, kind of a modest cut one with maybe a retro feel to it.

Like one of these from the movie, Gidget goes to Hawaii.  Love the v-neck, the buttons, and their tiny waists!

Or this one from Modcloth.  But, I couldn’t justify spending $90 on a bathing suit! But, I do like the blue and the polka dots.

So, I found this at the Goodwill for $3.99.  (Now, let me say this,  I’ve never bought a bathing suit at Goodwill but, I made sure this one was in good condition.  I also washed it in hot water when I got home.)

I liked everything about this suit except for the pearl and gold buttons! They made it seem a little less Gidget and a little more old lady! (It’s actually more of a navy blue in person.)

So, I found some new buttons at Walmart for $1.50.  I just snipped off the old buttons and sewed on my new ones.

Much better and more my style! And only spent $5.50.  Now, I just need a pool and maybe a cute coverup!  Have you done any refashion projects lately? Leave a comment and tell me about it! -amy


Growing like a weed





I was inspired by this link that
my friend, Lori sent me . She showed how to alter her little girls clothing as she grew out of them into something cute that she could still wear. I had just pulled a bunch of clothes that Ollie outgrew out of his closet. I looked through them to see if anything could be salvaged. This is what I came up with. A yellow onesie that was too small and also a long sleeve red tee. I cut the bottom off the onesie first. I then cut the bottom portion and the sleeves off the red tee. I sewed those pieces onto the yellow tee to extend its length and make it look layered. I did the same technique with the orange tee and striped long sleeve tee. I think they look cuter now than they did originally! I’ve got my eye on a pair of overalls now…gotta go sew some more…amy

Better late than never


So, I’ve been wanting a pair of winter shorts for awhile now(yes,I do realize its almost spring) but didn’t want to spend $50 or more on them. I found these 80’s gray wool pants on 99 cents day and thought that they would make really cute shorts. Check back today to see how they turned out! (I am actually working on them as I write this)

Better late than never…Part Two


Here is the after shot of my shorts I made from pants.  Lesson learned:  I will pick pants that are super roomy in the thigh area because when you try and cuff them they bunch up a bit if they are tapered. I think I will get a lot of use out of these shorts though. Total cost: 99 cents; making your own shorts from pants: priceless! Have a great Friday! -amy

Remember this dress?



Here is the after of my gigantic green dress. I cut about 7″ off the bottom which I used to make a belt with. I then took in the sides several inches as well as the sleeves. Oh, I also cut out the shoulder pads. I’m pretty happy with the end result! What do you think?

Take a lil’ off the bottom



So, I got this skirt the other day at Goodwill. I thought the pattern was great. The length was not-pretty frumpy! This is what I did: first, I cut 5 inches off the bottom. Next I measured up 3/4″ and ironed it up all the way around. I then turned it up another 3/4″ to hide the raw edge and ironed that down and pinned. Now you take it to the machine and sew. So easy and now I have an awesome new skirt for spring!



Do you like my new dress? No? Well this is a great example of the dated types of dresses that you can find at the thrift store. But don’t be turned off by the giant shoulder pads and unflattering hemline!  Your goodwill ambassador is here to help! With just a few alterations it can look cool and modern.                  Check back for the after reveal.                                        

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Hey, I'm Amy! So glad you stopped by! Follow me as I thrift, decorate, sew, cook, and garden-all while spending as little money as I can! We'll have fun-you'll see!

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