Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Thrift Score & No-Sew Refashion

This dress, if you want to call it that, came to me through my local Freecycle community, which is to say, it was free. Because seriously, someone paid money for this originally? I've seen the blouse-under-a-sweater-vest fake-out a thousand times. That part, I get. What I don't get is making the faux shirt tail into a full circle skirt. It's short enough that one feels compelled to constantly tug it downward, making the stretchy knit vest hug all the wrong curves (and rolls and bulges). Plus the stripey polyester was so staticky I could feel it riding up with every stride. And the final straw? It was so shoddily made, the thing lost three buttons the first time I washed it!

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Despite all that bad-mouthing, the fix for this garment is actually quite simple. So simple I didn't even take progress pics this time. I just pulled out my seam ripper, plopped down on the sofa, and got to picking. Roughly 30 minutes later, I had a fantastic wardrobe staple which I'm sure I'll wear for years to come.

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Today, I paired my new black vest with my new wide-leg denim trousers, which I scored for $6.99 at my local Goodwill.

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They're Express brand, look practically brand new, and fit like a glove. Extra points for looking like slacks whilst feeling like jeans. Now that's the kind of work-wear I can get behind!

Sweater Vest Refashion - Before & After

6 comments:

  1. Carissa - A Great Combo - work place proper, too. The design of the vee neck is very attractive and those trousers are a treasure.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I felt very grown up wearing this outfit - not a common occurrence for me!

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  2. Hi Carissa!
    I thought the same! Great look for work!
    Kisses from Portugal!

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    1. Oh yes, professional, yet casual!

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  3. I love simple refashions. They're about all I do :) Recently I did the same kind of thing to a second-hand sweater with faux blouse cuffs and collar. The only problem is that the v-neck is way too low now, so I have to wear something under it - and layers are not a good idea for me as I run on the hot side most of the time. Ah, well. If I pass it on, it will be better than it was when I got it.

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    1. Whereas I run on the cold side, so layers with a low v-neck work great for me. I'm sure someone else will be very glad you improved that sweater!

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