Friday, October 19, 2012

Found In The Costume Dept.: Day 1

I admit I may get a little over-excited when my local thrift stores start to put out Halloween merchandise.  Not because I'm a huge fan of Halloween, or even generally dress up, but because they hide lots of great re-fashioning items in the "costume" section.  I swear they hoard lots of great vintage stuff in the back until Halloween rolls around.  Yes, you have to hunt through lots of dracula capes, 80's prom dresses, and itchy polyester but they hide some really good stuff in there.

So before Halloween hits, I'm showcasing some of my great "costume" finds and how to re-fashion them into something more wearable.

Day 1: 

Bridesmaid dress turned maxi-skirt.

I'm loving maxi skirts and dresses for fall - they keep your legs a little warmer than a short skirt or sundress.

Here's what I did.

1.)  Removed the bodice of the dress
2.)  Cut up the back seam of the dress (carefully keeping the lining and the outer layer lined up by pinning)

3.)  Fold over the waist band, pin, and stitch down.

4.)Insert a zipper in the back  
There are a few different ways to do this - you can find a good tutorial here and here

I also added a little button at the top of the zipper to help hold closed.



*Note:  I was lucky enough that the waist of the dress was about right for me.  If you have a dress where the waist is either too big or too small, you will have to do some adjusting.*