Thursday, April 22, 2010

my re-fashioned 80's & 90's dresses!

check out what happens when you just make a few alterations to those dumpy old rayon and cotton dresses from the salvation army!

poor ugly dresses:

...happy new dresses:

i loved the puff-sleeves and elastic waistband on this green one, so all that changed was the skirt length.

the high collar and long sleeves were hot and dumpy, so now its a blue sundress!

the taupe 80s dress turned out a little shorter than i'd wanted, but it looks super with tights. i have to admit, i feel pretty darn cool in this one. yup.

the classic teacher jumper gets a new life! chop!

this floral is my favorite one, i loved the lace collar, waist ruffle, and matching belt, but the shoulder pads and sleeves had to GO! also the skirt is slightly shorter. i'm so happy with it!


  1. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I love to sew and cook and create. I always have tons of projects going on at one time.

    You can check out my stuff if you want:

  2. these made me smile. i wish i could do that kind of stuff. keep the posts coming lady! you're on a roll lately

  3. Marta GoodpastureApril 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    You've done your Momma proud!!! Much more creative than I've ever tried to be. Just darling!

  4. Way to go Nina! You can never underestimate the value of thriftstore stuff--if you look hard enough to find it. I was just thinking the other day that it was about time for a run to the thriftstore... thanks for the information. (my favorite is the 80's one!)