Thursday, May 3, 2012

Garage Sale Find

In February, the school had a "garage" sale.  By the time the kids and I got there, there was only an hour left.  I was thinking we'd probably lost out on the best deals, but they had just started a "Fill a bag for $3" offer.  We filled a rather large bag and paid the $3. 

Among the treasures we got, was this dress:

I really liked it, but there were a few things that I wanted to alter to make it more modest.  First, the bottom part of the dress was just the see through overlay fabric (in the first picture, I'm holding my hands on the edge of the see through part and non-see through part--so pretty short!)

So I added a panel to the bottom of the non-see through fabric.  I was going for it being as much longer than the bottom tier as the the bottom tier was than the upper tier. (Does that make sense?)  But it ended up being longer.  I could shorten it, but I think I'll just leave it the way it is. 

The second thing I wanted to alter was the neckline.  It was a little too "plunging" for my taste, so I added a triangular piece to fill in the neckline.

Here is the after picture:

The dress cost about 10¢ and the fabric I used was 5 yards for $5 and I used 1 yard.  So total, it was only $1.10!   Yay!



Ladytats said...

That looks very good Becky. you did a good job. and the price is right.

Amy :) said...

That turned out really nice, Becky! Great find! :)

Tammy said...

You really can't tell that the dress was altered! I see people altering garments like this but if I see items such as this I just pass them by. I can never think of what to do with something to make it what I really want. :)

Becky said...

Thanks! I actually just saw the dress, realized it should be my size and stuffed it in the bag since the kids were getting a little out of hand. Then when I realized it wasn't how I'd like it to be, I hung it in the closet until I found the fabric and realized it was a good match :)

Amy :) said...

The way you did the insert at the neckline really ties in nicely with the extended length on it. It really doesn't look altered at all! :)

Amy :) said...

And, every time I look at this pic of you on your blog, I think how cute you look! It's a very flattering pic of you. :)

Becky said...

Thanks, Amy! Part of the reason I decided to make the extension the length I did was to tie it in with the neckline. I'm planning on wearing it to Heather's wedding (and our Pastor's daughter's wedding, they're the same day!)