Goodwill Dress: Frumpy to Fabulous

November 19, 2017 at 11:18 pm

So our local Goodwill stores are having a flip contest. When I first heard about it, I didn’t think I had time to submit anything, but with a little nudge from my husband who thought it was “right up my alley,” I decided to buy a dress on 50% sale Saturday. Of course the idea with these type of contests to to wow people with the transformation, so I tried to find something I would never actually buy on purpose. Here was my pick:

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It’s something special, huh? Being a couple of sizes too big with giant shoulder pads and giant sleeves, it’s no surprise that it made me look giant… which is never a good thing, especially when you’re pregnant. I got it for just $4.99 (which was 50% off their usual dress price of $9.99). I also perused the store for a couple of shirts with similar-colored fabric that I thought I might use in my upcycle. These were 50% off as well.

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I ripped open lots of seams on the original dress and removed the skirt from the bodice (while leaving the zipper attached to the skirt). Then I took the pink t-shirt, cut several inches off the bottom, slit it up the back, and sewed it to the existing zipper.

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Then I attached the new bodice to the skirt, and it was pretty much complete. I knew I wanted to create a belt to give the dress some visual interest, so I used scraps of the t-shirt and original dress fabric and beads (from the original dress’s fancy vest) to make flowers, along with some others made from ribbons and scraps I already had.

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The final result was a dress that made me feel beautiful.

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Another fun thing about the dress is that it’s so easy to accessorize in different ways to dress it up or down. It looks just as cute with a jean jacket and boots and a fun necklace as it does with pearls and elegant accessories.

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Of course I hope I win, but even if I don’t it was a really fun challenge, and now I have a cute new dress!

Share links to your own thrift store flips in the comments!