Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

A Mad About Plaid Thrift Style Thursday

I’m doing my first ever post for Thrift Style Thursday. Hopefully I can keep this up and make it a regular feature. Thrift Style Thursday has a different theme each week where you write a blog post about thrifted outfits you put together. Since it’s my first, I do not have the links for all the other great gals who post their outfits every week. I promise to get that info for next time.

This week’s challenge is all about plaid. What comes to mind when you think of plaid? The rolling green hills of  Scotland for me – a place I’ve never been to but hope one day to visit and school girl uniforms! The one on the left is just like the high school kilt I wore to my school.plaid

Plaid is still big on the runways for fall. Who doesn’t love a soft, oversized plaid shirt or a warm plaid scarf?


For this look, I chose a Liz Claiborne skirt that I picked up last winter. It was really, really long when I got it. I shortened the hem but I think it could be a little shorter still.

???????????????????????????????What I like about it is that the plaid is on the diagonal. I’m wearing a black shirt with silver buttons and Nine West booties with tights. I would normally wear long boots with tights (a staple for cold Canadian winters) so this is a little different for me. Besides, it was way too humid today to even dress in long sleeves. I was sweltering.

???????????????????????????????The purse is another thrift find. Not sure the brand but I think it’ll make a good little winter handbag. Once the leaves start changing and there’s a cool crispness to the air, I will be ready. What are your favourite plaid pieces?


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Ill-Fitting Dress to High-Waisted Skirt

I love this dress! (on someone else’s body!) The colours, the pattern. It’s lovely and it’s Nine West. I love their shoes. I didn’t even know they made clothes.

I bought this dress 8 years ago. Sorry about the ‘BEFORE’ pics. I chopped it without thinking I would need it for a post.

Basically, it’s a nice summer dress-bright, vibrant and fun (see picture of the back). It just detests my figure. I don’t know why I bought it (brand new). I even tried it on beforehand. Ever buy stuff without trying it on? I do. I don’t know what I was thinking. The only rational thought that comes to mind now is that I was about 20 lbs lighter then and I guess in my mind, I could wear whatever style and it would look fine-yeah right!

Love the citrus coloured print

Love the citrus coloured print

This would look fabulous on someone with normal sized hips, I swear.

The back was gorgeous with its wonderful tieback straps that left a bit of skin exposed.

All I did was take out my seam ripper and remove the top piece and stitch the new waist closed. Now it’s a high-waisted skirt. So, I guess I’m hip now since I hear the world under 20 is into the high-waisted look of the 1980s. I didn’t even have to touch the zipper. It’s still not perfect. I’m working on it. No more ice cream every night. I could stand to lose a few. I may chop that high waist off and reposition the zipper to better fit me. We’ll see.

Hip high-waisted momma

Hip high-waisted momma


Craving chocolate but going to fill up on water with a slice of lemon.


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