$1.50 salvation army dress refashion

June 24, 2013

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These $9.95 Forever 21 sandals cost 6x more than the drawstring tube dress I’m wearing. The number of compliments I’ve gotten on this dress after two wearings is absolutely priceless. Happy. Camper.

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Humble beginnings. Size 14 button down collared cotton shirt dress, front + back.

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Hand-sewing gold glass bead embellishments on the existing fabric design.
Ignore the chipped nail polish.

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Closer detail shot of the finished simple beading I added.

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Finished front + back shots.

I stumbled upon this hidden gem when I was living in California about a year and a half ago. I’ve been holding on this old thing with pure laziness + good intentions. This dress was originally priced at $3.00 at the Salvation Army, but apparently on Wednesdays all clothing is marked 50% off. I don’t ever go into the Salvation Army clothing shops really, and I haven’t been in one since. The exact play by play of this purchase is quite hazy now, but all I remember is that dress looked like a tent on the hanger and that the fabric felt like it had been washed a million times. But I loved the fabric detail, particularly on the bottom hem of the muumuu-like button-down dress.

I like showing my shoulders + forgetting the sleeves during Texas summers, so I opted to make this a tube dress and adding a drawstring casing to the new mid-section. Most of this new dress is actually the bottom skirt of the old. I used the top part of the old dress mostly for the drawstring casing.

The navy, off-white + burgundy palette and existing fabric design put me in mind of a kind of nautical look so I added a gold rope trim that I found at JoAnn fabrics to help cinch the waist. I put an elastic band around the top of the tube dress + added gold beads just to give the dress some extra personality. It goes smashingly well with the afro puff.

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  • Jeana

    Gorgeous dress Raven!!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Thanks Jeana! You always make my day ;)

  • http://www.vertical-gardener.com Val

    That dress went from homely to superfly in like, 30 seconds :)

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      My mom totally lol’d at this comment, haha. Thanks V!

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