Easiest, Quickest, Dress Refashion. Ever.

I found this dress (if you can call it that), at the Goodwill Outlet on my last trip. I was scanning the bins for patterns and fabrics when my eye caught sight of this beauty. The black and white and square polka-dots (polka squares??) was screaming my name. I was pretty sad to see what bad shape it was in. Some previous owner had chopped off the sleeves in a horrendous fashion.

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See?? They literally chopped the sleeves right off!!! There were also big brown (coffee?) stains on the skirt and even some blue (crayon?) marks too. So a lost cause right?? Well seeing as I was only paying .79/lb. for stuff at the Outlet, I decided to take it home and see what I could do.

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And, guess what? With a little stain remover all of the stains came out of the skirt. I then proceeded to continue the hack job and cut the skirt off of the dress. My plans were to hem it at least at the top….but plans changed when I found the fabric didn’t fray. Why do more work than that? So I left it. I literally spot cleaned it and cut the skirt off of a dress. Voila- the perfect skirt for Spring!

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I tried it on over my belly and it mostly stayed up. I could have tightened the elastic in the waistband, but I opted for a belt to hold it up instead. So easy! I got the look I wanted with a little gamble at the thrift store and minimal effort at home. Win-win!

I debated whether this refashion was worth a blog post, but I decided that it is because I hope it gives you a new idea or perspective on thrifting and re purposing clothing. This may be simple, but sometimes it is the simple ideas that make a difference! So when you are out thrifting- don’t put something back because of a few possible problems. If you LOVE something about the item (like the pattern)- take it home and work with it. You’ll be so happy when it pays off! I sure was when I put this outfit together and it worked!!


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  1. Kilee!!!! This is fantastic. I'm so glad you posted this. I would have never thought of turning it into a skirt.

  2. Cute--I love old clothes just as great fabric resources. I will buy stuff at Goodwill and cut it up to make stuff, way cheaper than actual fabric store prices!

  3. I wish I had a goodwill outlet by me! I would love to get some refashion finds so next to nothing. Love how you changed this piece into something fabulous

  4. What a great idea! So, so cute! {and I love how you pulled the whole outfit together}

  5. Hi! New reader here. I love your blog!

    I am so impressed with what you did with the dress -- it made such a cute skirt!

  6. Kylee are you kidding me?? I am LOVING this!! You did an amazing job and you are absolutely gorgeous! Pinned!

  7. I'm LOVING the polka-squares as well. I love patterns that are unique.

  8. this is awesome!! I'll have to keep refashion in mind .. I havne't done it yet.

  9. It's a darling dress! i actually just like the colours.
    I love little ruffles on some things, however most ruffles at a little an excessive amount of on behalf of me, and that i like single-edged ruffles over ambiguous, thus i might most likely leave these off too.
    From viewing the pattern page, it is not simple to induce those ruffles aligned... the instance ruffles are not utterly straight or utterly placed either.
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  10. This dress is amazing. The three components execute so well together and I just really like the little collar! I'm thankful I have just found your web page, I can see myself following through post after post and getting a lot of inspiration for projects for my two kids. I'm willing for seeing what you make next :)

  11. Nice dress, I really Like all these clothes
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  12. Beautiful. Great idea!!! Where can you get clothes for .79 a pound???? I want to go there!!!


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