Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Thrifty Special Occasion

The only thing consistent about this blog is my inconsistency in posting regularly. My cousin visited from Croatia so that took up a lot of my spare time. Not that I minded. It was great to see him again. I consider him the older brother I never had. I’ve been working on a very high profile project at work too so that left me with no time for blogging.

Mr. Restyle and I recently attended a wedding for one of his coworkers. I am so glad I picked up this gorgeous champagne coloured dress at a local thrift store last year. I think it was still new and I paid either $1.50 or $2 for it. Amazing! At the time, I had no idea when I would wear it and the zipper pull was missing. Sorry for the bad quality pics. We didn’t bring our camera to the event, but you get the idea.

dress2I got so many lovely compliments, like “I love your dress, it’s very Grace Kelly.” It makes me smile a little inside because only I know about my secret thrifty finds. Here’s what I did to fashion a makeshift zipper pull. It’s made from an old pendant that I just tied on for now. The thread seems extremely noticeable and amplified in the picture but it really wasn’t visible.


And on my feet, a pair of thrifted Steve Maddens.

smA vintage clutch finished the look. This was very special to me because special occasion dresses are not something I have a lot of luck finding in thrift stores. They are all either the wrong size or very bridesmaidy-looking and really, who wants to look like a throwaway bridesmaid?

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How I Rescued a Pair of Steve Maddens

When I spotted these Steve Madden wedges at the thrift store recently I tried them on. They fit. I paid. I went home. Then I noticed that the elastic on both sandals was disintegrating and could come apart any time.
















There were only 2 options: 1. Forget about them and toss ’em. 2. Take them to the shoe repair shop. Well, I couldn’t toss them. They were in really good shape and wedges are perfect for summer. I love them for work as they’re so comfy and they look great. The shoe repair guy? Meh, how hard could it be to fix this?

















I’m going to play cobbler for a day. How could I NOT see this problem when I tried them on? I need to start carrying my reading glasses around EVERYWHERE!

Step One: Cut that offender out!

You're going down!

You’re going down!



















Not bad Ms. Cobbler. Not bad.

Step Two: Cut a new piece of elastic for each shoe. I didn’t even measure anything. Just eyeballed it and started hand sewing the new elastic in place making sure to poke the little spike through the elastic in the middle (OK, I actually had to google the word for that part, the spike. I was going to say that sticking up thing that goes in the hole). However did we survive without google?


Light Bulb Moment: Now that I think of it, I’ve got a pair of gorgeous red heels where one of the slingbacks is too loose. I don’t know if one foot is bigger than the other or what but I’ve had the shoes for years and don’t wear them because one keeps sliding off. I could do the same thing for those.

Lesson learned: dont’ toss! You can figure it out!


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