One of my favorite blogs to follow is The Refashionista. Jillian Owens scours thrift stores and consignment shops and somehow turns the ugliest, most hopeless articles of clothing into haute-couture creations. It’s fantastic, and Jillian comes up with some inspired looks.
Recently, she has mentioned reader submissions, so I thought I’d try my hand at it.
I found this “dress” at the Nearly-New shop. This plus 3 other items cost me a whopping total of $2.
When I saw this, my first thought was “Mr Darling from ‘Peter Pan.'” It was in the women’s dress section, but it is reminiscent of a nightshirt in my opinion.
I started by bleaching the hell out of it. I wanted to get rid of, or at least lighten, the blue pinstripes, but no luck. I worked with what I had. I pulled out a box of dye and got to work.
Next, I needed to cut this down. The sleeves and the length were all wrong.
I hemmed the bottom up.
I wanted to do button tie-ups like on a camp shirt and got the idea to use the original cuffs from the sleeves.
I folded and ironed the new sleeve cuffs. Then I sewed the original cuff on the inside of the sleeves.
I sewed the original cuff botton on the outside of the sleeve, buttoned it and done!
Top it off with a belt and sandals. Voila! Ready for springtime in FL!
I think this is going to become a major part of my spring wardrobe. I already have a few trousers and skirts I can pair it with. Very versatile look. Unfortunately, unlike Jillian, I do not have any images of me out and about in my new outfit. Maybe I’ll wear it to work tomorrow and show off my creation.