I found this lovely fuchsia dress at the thrift store recently for just $3, and in my size even! Hey, sometimes you get lucky.
It wasn't perfect though. The sleeves were too tight, and one cuff had come undone at the seam. There was also a small hole on one hip where the side seam had blown out. And somewhere along its timeline, this dress had lost its matching belt. Well, presumably there was originally a matching belt. At least I've never seen a dress with belt loops that didn't come with a belt. But anyway, these are all easy fixes, so away we go!
Step 1: Flip dress inside out and resew holey side seam.
Step 2: Employ trusty seam ripper to remove snug sleeves.
Step 3: Rehem raw edge.
Step 4: Pair with fabulous studded, silver leather belt (also a thrift store find for... $2 if I remember correctly)
Sometimes you just need instant gratification.