Restyle4Life

Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

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

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

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Old Style Blouse to New Vest

Here’s a real easy restyle. I thrifted this blouse at Talize recently. I was drawn to the colours and print. I’m a sucker for florals.

Love the lavender colours in this print.

Love the lavender colours in this print.

From the tag, I could tell it was probably from the 80s or 90s and suited for someone on the more mature side. I have a feeling it was probably separated from its skirted bottom somewhere in the donation pile. The 80s and 90s were notorious for these 2 piece sets.

I went to work (this was going to be really quick). All I was going to do was remove the sleeves and straighten out the bottom so it was even. Then I tried it on and actually thought it looked cute as a vest, so I’m going to keep it this way. I intend to work it layered over a tank top or maybe even on its own with a nice light skirt or light coloured capri pants.

If you’re drawn to the colours and patterns in a garment and it’s in excellent shape (this one was-it looked like it had seen very little wear), I say go for it. I feel so pretty wearing this!

Love my new vest/sleeveless blouse

Love my new vest/sleeveless blouse

 

...and layered over a tank top

…and layered over a tank top

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Island Inspired Tank Top

My daughter and I thrifted this skirt. She really hasn’t taken to thrifting so I was surprised when she picked this out. She loved the island inspired print so we decided it would make a nice top. At first the intention was to turn it into a tube top, then I got a little more creative.

original thrifted skirt-love the colours and print

original thrifted skirt-love the colours and print

I started by removing the ruffle along the bottom with my seam ripper, then I chopped off some of the length and sewed the new bottom hem. The elastic fit perfectly so I didn’t need to make any adjustments (yay! love that!) I cut and resewed the lining to shorten it as well. Next, I sewed the ruffle to the top. This took some trial and error to get it even. I thought it’d be a little easier but the ruffle was somewhat curved.

Next, I began on the straps. I had intended to use the leftover floral print for the straps but the first time I cut the strips I made them too narrow and had a hard time turning them right side out so decided to use the leftover lining material to make new straps.

I pinned and sewed those in place and aloha! A new flowy, breezy tank top was born.

The finished ruffle tank

The finished ruffle tank

Back view-I suppose I could've continued the ruffle along the back as well but I thought it might look too busy.

Back view-I suppose I could’ve continued the ruffle along the back as well but I thought it might look too busy.

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