Do you remember this dress I thrifted earlier this month? It was too big for me, but I recently altered it a little to fit me better. (and a belt works wonders….also thrifted) I really liked the polka dot fabric and neckline ruffly bit, so I brought it home with me. (and for $3, even if it was a FAIL it’s still cheap fabric that could become a skirt or something…) It’s so easy to alter clothes slightly to fit better.
**Eh…what’s that on the ground?**
So here’s what it looked like, pre-messing around with it.
And….on me. Lovely, right? (ignore the discarded towel on the bed)
So I took in the sleeves and side a little bit…and hemmed up the sleeves a bunch. I also tacked down a pleat in the shoulder so it wasn’t as wide. I sewed up a little pleat in each sleeve too, so it fit better.
Just a simple fix, but I’ve often overlooked cute dresses and tops while thrifting that are too big, never realizing, that DUH I sew…and can alter it.
Ok, so I don’t have a before of this, but just picture it a lot baggier and boxier. (are those the same things?) I loved the wide stripes in navy and white, plus it was only a couple bucks. So I cut it up, made it slimmer and sewed in new sleeves. The stripes don’t match up on the sleeves, but I kinda like it that way. (that’s my cute sis modeling for me!)
So anyways, hope this inspires you to grab that cute top or dress you spotted at the thrift store or on clearance, and hack it up to make something even cuter!