Thrift Store Thursday: Back to School Night Frock

September 2, 2010

I bought this Express Studio Frock at the Sal Val for $2. It wasn't so bad but it looked a little dated with the long sleeves and collar. But I liked the pin tucks in the front and the size and length didn't need any fixing.

I brought it home and took my seam ripper to it. To change the look of this dress I simply removed the collar and sleeves. Here's the neat part. Most collars have a middle piece that connects to the dress. I ripped the stitches out that connect the collar to this middle piece. I then stitched the opening back up and what I had left was a neat little mission collar.
Finally, I cut the sleeves off and hemmed the raw edges to the inside. Now, I have a neat little summer/fall frock. I might even wear it to back to school night tonight.

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Lynne said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks beautiful! And so easy! Great job!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it.

Tanya-Yanata said... Best Blogger Tips

I have similar one. But I'm going to do nothing with it- I bought it hoping to lose 3-4-5 pounds:)So I did.But it doesn't fit me again:)May be it's time to bring the dress to Salvation.
I like your updated version.Looks great!

bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great idea. it looks fabulous!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said... Best Blogger Tips

Shut the front door! I can't believe you just took a few things off. Looks fantastic!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Very nice. You seem to make beautiful pieces out of the blah-est finds. :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks amazing and only $2! Also fantastic with those heels.

Jennifer Hancock said... Best Blogger Tips

One word for this makover- Perfect

Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! Can you please come shopping with me. I wouldn't have even seen the potential in this dress and it looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

Mama K said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! You are very talented! :)

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I love making mandarin collars out of regular collared shirts! very cute.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

oh i love it! and the collar is so cool, i didn't know you could do that. i'm going to try it sometime!

strawberry_fields said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice! I am being inspired to upcycle my old clothes. Thinking about some pieces I have in the bag waiting to go to Goodwill....

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is fantastic! I love the collar.

Marianne Elixir said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a really wonderful transformation. It is one of my favorites. Thanks so much for the collar tip!

Nina @ Momma Go Round said... Best Blogger Tips

Way cute! I never would have thought to alter it like that. I'm totally on the lookout for a dress like that now!

Tara @ Tara Being Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe that's the same dress!!


Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said... Best Blogger Tips

Another amazing transformation!

~ Kim ~ said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it. You look really great in it. Thanks for sharing.

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

nice! i have one in my closet that needs a little something and losing the sleeves might just be the thing.

LadyJadePerendhil said... Best Blogger Tips

That is tooo cute. I love the ingeniousness (?) of it. TOO crafty for words. I love the lack of sleeves; could just see it paired with a nice cardigan sweater.

Brooklynne Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

this is absolutely brilliant! I'm really tall and as such I have long arms and often have issues with dresses like this, sleeves ride up hitting me awkardly between wrist and 3/4 length... next tome I see a dress like this that I like I'm going to have to do this!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi ive got a similar one in black but really want to add some colour or change it some way as the black is too intense any suggestions please.

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nadia MajidA large fabric poppy boutonniere for a splash of color?

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