Earning My 80’s Stripes

An Anticlimactic Thrift Score Thursday
Meghan's Dress-to-Apron Reader ReFash

Little did I realize my go-to hairstyle for when I’m working at home would match the era of this frock so perfectly.

So...tight! Can't...breathe!
So…tight! Can’t…breathe!

Yes. Very 1980’s indeed.

Let’s go down the list of things I dislike in this dress, shall we? The neck is much too tight, the cut is unflattering, and I reallllly dislike the fullness of that skirt with the print at the angle it is. :/

But there’s plenty to like here too! The fabric is soft, warm, and comfy. ┬áThe blues are of pretty enough hues, and like those elastic wrist cuffs.

But how to get this dress into a shape that I actually like and find flattering?

First, I was happy to see the elastic in the waist lived in a casing, rather than stitched in. That made the act of removing it, super easy!

You are about to be gone!
You are about to be gone!

Next, I took my grey dress from yesterday (that I love the fit of) and traced around it with tailor’s chalk. I left a little extra room as the fabric of the grey dress has more elasticity than the blue dress.

Here we go!
Here we go!

The sides got stitched up.

Whirrrr!
Whirrrr!

I snipped off the sides, as well as a couple of super flimsy shoulder pads I found.

Byeee!
Byeee!
Seriously. Why were you added at all?
Seriously. Why were you added at all?

I chopped a bit more off the bottom, and gave it a nice hem.

 

 

Pin!
Pin!
Then stitch!
Then stitch!

I picked the tag off from the back…

Sorry, Katy Perry!
Sorry, Katy Perry!

With the back as the new front, I was able to unzip it a bit to give me a little more breathing room.

Cozy!
Cozy!
I'm not sure what this look is supposed to be...
I’m not sure what this look is supposed to be…

My new frock enjoyed a glass wine with a good pal as we chatted about our upcoming trip! :)

Wine not?
Wine not?

Cheers!

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40 thoughts on “Earning My 80’s Stripes

  1. I love seeing you remodel clothes but I am shocked by how little original wear these clothes have! Many of them look as though hours have been spent making them but if they have one wear they are lucky! If nothing else I intend to give clothes I buy or make lots of wear!

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