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Repurpose, Redesign, Restyle!

Last night I decided because it was such a nice afternoon (thank you Daylight Savings!) that I would go thrifting before heading home. Normally I avoid Value Village at all costs on Tuesdays as its seniors day… I’m still waiting for a 20 something’s day… hasn’t happened yet. Anywho I went anyway luckily all the seniors were at Humpty’s for dinner and the place was quite vacant.

At first I was just looking for the usual list – but as always I got side tracked thinking about Amanda’s request for thrift styling and decided to paw through the dresses looking for something in her vintage/Audrey Hepburn style. A few pieces looked decent, but never in the right size! I did find one that I think is going to be perfect – not to mention reversible! Hopefully she will delightfully surprised when it arrives!

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I snagged three things for myself on this adventure: A white and gold sequin top by Bebe; wild print dress by Kismet and finally a broken necklace that was packed full of my favourite colour green wood beads. What you’re seeing today is two hours of restringing work thanks to yours truly. But! I now have a set of six elastic bracelets and a super long (outrageously awesome if the truth be told) necklace with many strands. I only dropped entire strands of beads in my lap twice!

The dress I picked out yesterday is tagged as a 13-14, if you read yesterday’s post it’ll save me a good chunk of time explaining my beef with sizing in general. There was no way a size 14 woman is going to fit into this – at the store they would use the old staple: “What’s this for? My arm?” I’ve never enjoyed people insulting clothing because its not their size – would it not be enough to simply say something to the effect of “Shucks, I wish this was my size!” The end. Instead from here it goes on to them looking at me saying “It’d fit you, must be nice to be so tiny you’d look good in anything.”

Green Necklace

As much as I’m sure that’s supposed to be a compliment from your perspective its actually a snarky, not to mention inappropriate remark. What was it Thumper’s mom taught us? Oh yes I remember: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Translated into the new english language: “Don’t say nothin’ at all.” Forgive me I just couldn’t help myself! Bottom line is ladies: it’s an insult – don’t say it!

Back to the outfit and all social stereotypes aside, this size “13/14” dress just needed to have two inches taken off the straps to be a perfect fit. Not tight anywhere, no bulges hanging out in unwanted ways – a very flattering piece in the end! Truth be told I was not about to stitch the straps correctly at 6:30am this morning so I simply made a loop at the front and tied a knot, which conveniently fell quite nicely behind the top of the dress. No sewing required!

Over top I chose my seagreen ¾ sleeve cardigan, paired with my new “restylized” bracelets and necklace, my beloved green flats and a mini belt in a similar green. I’m very matchy-matchy today in a fun kind of way. My coworkers mentioned the green trend today as two other women had green as well but a different shade and style of course!

Reconstruction

Dress ReconstructionI often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.

I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.

I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.

The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.