I have been a thrift shopper since high school. I'm not sure what it is about finding a diamond in the rough, but I think I am legitimately addicted. Sometimes I purchase items even when they're not entirely wearable yet because a) they are CHEAP! and b) I have visions of what these pieces can ultimately become. Unfortunately this can also be a curse because I now have 8-10 (or more) items in my closet that I have maybe worn once, if at all, because I haven't gotten around to refashioning them.
Here are a few of these beauties:
Pretty bad, huh?
I recently came across this blog and was 100% inspired. This girl is a dream! She is a much better seamstress than I am, but I figure I'll just start trying and hopefully I'll come out with a few things I like. If not, most of them were $0.99 anyway so I'm not out too much dough if they don't work out. Recently I decided to rid my closet of all the odd items I'd purchased from thrift stores or got on clearance somewhere and hadn't worn for a long time. Then I'd decide whether or not I could feasibly refashion them. I decided to start with the three above, and although both my sewing and the final results were not perfect, I was mostly pleased.
Here's what I did for the pants:
1) compared them to some pants I already had that I like
2) pinned and cut. I then tried them on inside-out to make sure they fit properly.
Not the best, not the worst, but it's a start!
I did something pretty similar with the skirt. Again, not the best sewing techniques, but I'll get there. One day.
Compare, pin, cut and sew!
It also helps to have a decent outfit put together and you're hair done.
And lastly, the granny dress. I love myself a good granny dress, but this one just wasn't cutting it for me. I also like being modest, but for some reason this dress was just a little bit too modest. High neck, long sleeves...too much. Cut off the sleeves and there you have it! Much better.
A big shout out is due to my inspirational photographer, Robert Dixon Collard. He really brought out the model in me that I never knew existed. You're the bomb, baby!