While clothing shopping for my home swap to Spain, I found this super cute summer dress at the Goodwill “Bins.” To clarify, “the bins” are Goodwill’s clearance center where items are priced by the pound and the last stop for clothing before it’s made into rags. You can find some real treasures if you’re willing to root around their big bins – which is where the name came from! This dress turned out to be too big for me but I really liked the fabric. It’s a classic navy and white cotton stripe with some stretch to it. I loved the fabric immediately and knew that it would go with lots of pieces in my wardrobe.
Dress = Top + Skirt
After washing the dress, I tried it on and realized it was way too big. This is what the dress looked like.
Cute but a bit “frock-ish” I’d say.
It was too long but had a fantastic slit that I wanted to keep. Hotsy-totsy, home swappin’ Mama!!
So, I cut the dress in half and made….
A super cute top to go with white capris (also from “the bins”) and a navy/white polka dot scarf.
And, a sassy little skirt…that goes quite nicely with a linen blouse also from “the bins” and a crisp, white, brand new Eddie Bauer t-shirt from their outlet store.
The skirt also has an elastic waistband, which is excellent for travel! And, I kept that sassy little slit….
But now it’s on the other leg! For some reason, when I sewed the slit back together, it worked better on the other side. Please don’t ask me why. I have no idea!
I used a serger sewing machine for this project and finished those seams with my regular sewing machine. Honestly, I had my doubts about whether it would all work out but it did. If you’re thinking, “I could never do that” just look at how items are sewn together. Turn your clothing inside out to see how seams come together – and try it! Practice your techniques. This dress cost less than $2.00 and now it’s headed to Spain with me. Love those elastic waistbands for traveling! Very stylishly frugal!
Do you remake clothes into items that fit? Do you change clothing around to fit your needs?
Go Gingham related links:
How to take apart a skirt – use your seam ripper on this project!
How to make a waistband smaller without pins!
How to turn jeans into capris – easier than you think!
How to make skinny jeans from wide leg jeans – make your own “jeggings”
How to mend pillow cases to improve your sleeping – hah!
Easy steps to remove pesky tags from clothing
Want to learn to sew? Start here with easy cloth napkins