I’ve got dresses and skirts a plenty.
I’ve got black shirts with stripes galore.
You want sweatpants? I’ve got twenty.
But who cares, no big deal, I want moooooooore.
Anyway, I was beyond shocked to receive an invite to take a tour of Tag’s before it opened and compete in a little contest. Dream come true! (P.S. If you’re in Utah, definitely check out the grand opening today and tomorrow in American Fork. This is not your typical thrift store, they have a bakery! With the best caramel brownies I have ever tasted. Ever. Sounds tempting, right? That’s only the beginning, my friends! 🙂
For the contest, I found a navy, patterned dress and an off-white skirt to style. I was giddy over the bird pattern on the dress. And the lacey details on the hem of the skirt? Gorgeous! Unfortunately, both items were too large, and the dress was just a tad too short. Nothing a sewing machine can’t fix, right? I love how flirty and feminine the dress feels now – makes me want to twirl! (tutorial below)
Lacey trim or fabric for hem
Extra fabric for ruching
Sewing machine and needle
STEP ONE: Cut the lace off the bottom of the skirt. As you can see in the photo above, the skirt I found did not have a straight hem line. This made it a little tricky, but I tried to just leave an inch above the lace part all the way around.
STEP TWO: Pin lace to the slip on the inside of your dress and sew all the way around.
STEP THREE: (not pictured) take in the dress on the sides and top. I flipped the dress inside-out and while wearing it, used pins to mark where I wanted it sewn. I also pinned the top part of the sleeves. The dress was very loose on the top, taking it in on the top of the sleeves fixed that problem
And that’s it! I love that this dress is such a great transitional piece from summer to fall. The dress is lightweight and bouncy for summer, but paired with boots and a sweater, it’s perfect for fall! And I loved how well these earrings complimented the dress.
Mismatched buttons? Be still my heart. I almost didn’t add the front ruffle to the dress, but I’m so glad I did. It wouldn’t be the same without it.
Are you a thrift store shopper or a bargain hunter? Do you have a favorite place you love to shop? I would LOVE to hear about your favorite find or latest DIY project. Now that I have this project done, I’m ready for more. Feel free to leave me link, I’ll check it out! HAPPY FRIDAY!